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New York Photonics Golf, Annual Meeting and Light & Sound Interactive

August 10, 2017

New York Photonics Annual Golf Tournament
New York Photonics Annual Meeting
Light & Sound Interactive

All in one week.  All in September.

The 2017  New York Photonics Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Annual Meeting and Panel: 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Networking Reception: 5:30PM – 7:00PM 

HYATT REGENCY ROCHESTER
Concurrent / Co-located with Light & Sound Interactive
Registration begins at 3:00PM

Speakers and Panelists

 

 

  • Bryce Tennant, Chief Technology Officer, Precision Optical Transceivers
  • Alexis Vogt, Optics Professor, Monroe Community College
  • Sujatha Ramanujan, Director, Luminate, the Photonics Start-up Competition
  • P. Scott Carney, Optics Professor & Director, UR Institute of Optics
  • Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics

Panel Discussion:
There has been a lot of great news about the Finger Lakes Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry in the past year.  Companies are growing and business has seen steady growth.  What is the current state of our OPI ecosystem?

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Audience:    RRPC members, Manufacturers, CEO’s and management;  economic development stakeholders; high technology entrepreneurs and service professionals; investment professionals, CPA’s, attorneys, workforce development professionals.

Agenda:
3:00 – 3:30    Sign-in
3:30 – 4:00    Introductory remarks, Annual Awards, New Board Introduction
4:00 – 5:30    Panel Discussion and audience interaction
5:30 – 7:00    Networking / refreshments


Learn more about the New York Photonics Annual Golf Tournament
Ravenwood Golf Center
Monday, September 11th.
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Learn more about Light and Sound Interactive

  • Augented Reality, Virtual Reality, Gaming and the Convergence of Light and Sound
  • Innovators, Thought-leaders, Industry-Modifiers and Disruptors
  • New Modes of Multimedia and Performance
  • Hear, Participate, Observe or Blur the Boundaries

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Finger Lakes Regional Center Awarded $675,000

December 11, 2014

The Finger Lakes Regional Center for Advanced Optics Manufacturing was awarded $675,000 today in the New York State Regional Economic Development Competition.

Kudos to the FLREDC Optics & Photonics Committee and its chairmen, Jim Sydor of Sydor Optics and Jay Eastman of Optel for their leadership.

The money will be used to purchase two pieces of shared-use equipment, including a Zygo Infrared Interferometer and an OptiPro UltraSurf to aid the region’s optics manufacturers in developing more advanced, more competitive components for a variety of end users and markets.

With Optipro’s UltrSurf metrology instrument the local optical companies will be able to accurately measure free-form optics.

With the Zygo 3.39 micron IR interferometer will be used to measure flatness of Infrared materials such as Silicon and Germanium.

Rochester Business Journal Coverage here.

Congresswoman Slaughter’s Letter to Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Andre J. Gudger

October 1, 2014

Yesterday, September 30, 2014, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter wrote a letter to André Gudger, Acting Deputy Assistance Secretary of Defense in the DoD Office of Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy (MIBP). MIBP’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program will stand up two manufacturing innovation institutes that play a critical role in the Obama Administration’s national manufacturing agenda.  (NNMI)

IMG_7856Slaughter’s letter supports the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and New York Photonics efforts to establish Rochester in a leadership position for a Manufacturing Institute in Optics, Photonics and Imaging.

The letter is here:

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Congresswoman Slaughter was the keynote speaker at the New York Photonics annual meeting on September 3rd.  The panel discussion documented New York State efforts to establish a National Center for Optics, Photonics and Imaging technologies.

Photos from the Annual Meeting are here.

 

NIST observes that Rochester, New York is bursting with energy, photonic energy

July 1, 2014

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Rochester, New York is bursting with energy, photonic energy! The New York (NYSTAR) MEP Center, aka High Tech Rochester, is a key player in the revitalizing this industry, along with various economic and business development entities in the Rochester region.

To strengthen and grow this industry the Rochester region has received three grants; the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator, (AMJIAC) the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia Program (AMTECH), and the Investing in
Manufacturing Communities designation (IMCP). They are also gearing up to apply for a more significant and larger scale program, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, in order to further grow the optics and photonics industry.

Read more here…

Photonics Technology Makes the Cut on New Request For Information

June 4, 2014

“If China shuts off the flow of glass, the United States will be out of drones in six months.”
– CEO of a critical components contractor to the DoD

It was anticipated and heavily lobbied for.  Does it look like anyone expected?

On Monday, June 2nd, the Department of the Air Force, through Air Force Material Command (Wright Patterson) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input from Industry and Academia as part of an effort to select and scope the technology focus areas for future Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs).

The NNMI program was announced by president Obama in 2012.  Unable to budget the money to fund the hallmark manufacturing initiative, the administration has turned to various DOD and government agencies to fund NMI’s on its behalf.  This is the first from Air Force Material Command.

Responses are due by July 14th.

Technology areas of focus:

  • Flexible Hybrid Electronics
  • Photonics
  • Engineered Nanomaterials
  • Fiber and Textiles
  • Electronic Packaging and Reliability
  • Aerospace Composites

Many of us are elated that photonics made the cut.  Hundreds of hours of work, lobbying and thousands of dollars in travel have resulted in Photonics being on the short list for this NMI.  What is not clear is if the White House and the DoD recognize the critical role that optics, photonics and imaging technologies play to our national security.  Interpretations will vary.

From the RFI:

The term “photonics” refers specifically to technologies for generating, transmitting, modulating, filtering, processing, switching, amplifying, attenuating and detecting light.  Photonics technologies encompass significant commercial industries and solutions for DoD unique applications.  The diverse photonics industry has a number of manufacturing approaches where a public-private investment could rapidly accelerate the technology availability from TRL 4 to TRL 6/7 and enable a sustainable industry for commercial and DoD needs.  A photonics IMI would address industrial base issues for photonics materials, such as infrared materials, nonlinear materials, low-dimensional materials, and engineered materials which are critical to our Nation’s photonics ecosystem (production, DoD, research, etc….).  A Photonics IMI could be structured to allow improvements in the cross-cutting disciplines of design, packaging, reliability and test to be applied across multiple technology topic areas leveraging common manufacturing approaches.  Preference could be given to technology topic areas that are in late stage research and development, that may require some design/foundry efforts, but the bulk of the efforts are in the packaging, reliability and test disciplines, increasing the probability that the technology will mature and transition to DoD weapon systems and/or commercial platforms in 3-5 years and enabling the institute to be self-sustaining in the 5-7 year timeframe.

Although much research and development on photonics has been done in the U.S., it has been primarily carried out by large corporations developing and using proprietary processes for application-driven designs.  Little coordination and cooperation has existed between companies.  As a result, U.S.-based photonics research and development is faced with several disadvantages:

    1. There is no common or generic component library or fabrication process.  There are almost as many technologies as photonics companies.
    2. For most potential new applications, the market is too small for payback of investments without cooperative development. 

Photonic technologies are commonly used in the high speed transmission of signals in telecommunications and high-performance information-processing systems.  In addition photonics technologies are used in high-performance information-processing systems and computing.  Finally photonic technologies are commonly used in sensors and imagers.

A lot of players around the country will be very busy crafting their responses in the next month.

 

Rochester Designated for NIST Grant, Charting a Photonics Manufacturing Initiative

May 8, 2014

New York Photonics Manufacturing Initiative

Goal: Assist in developing national and regional technology roadmaps for the U.S. photonics industry and laying the groundwork for a national institute dedicated to advancing and diffusing photonics-based manufacturing technologies.

Lead: University of Rochester, Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences
260 Hutchison Rd.
Rochester, NY14627

Award Number: 70NANB14H054

Federal Funding: $498,430

Project Duration:  18 months

The University of Rochester and its partners, including leading U.S. optics and photonics manufacturers, will work closely with the National Photonics Initiative to develop a National Technology Roadmap for Photonics. This roadmap will forecast the introduction of key new technologies and identify manufacturing challenges that, if solved, can strengthen the competitiveness of domestic photonics companies and bring photonics manufacturing back to the United States. Guided by the roadmap, the New York Photonics Manufacturing Initiative also will lay the foundation for a national consortium devoted to advanced manufacturing technologies for photonics. In concert, the initiative will develop a regional implementation roadmap that leverages New York’s human, infrastructural, and technical resources.

The United States has been the world leader in developing photonics technologies. Fiber optics, photovoltaics, lasers, digital imaging, and flat panel displays are U.S. inventions. However, the U.S. share of photonics manufacturing has dropped significantly, falling to only 10 percent of all photonics components sold world-wide. To meet this challenge, the United States needs to take the lead in developing advanced manufacturing technologies that both enable and leverage photonics technologies. For example, optoelectronic devices that are now assembled by hand in Asia can be manufactured competitively in the U.S. by developing the ability to integrate photonic devices with electronic circuitry. And displays that are now made on large flat glass substrates in Asia could be made in the U.S. using flexible substrates and high-speed roll-to-roll coating processes.

Funded Participants:

  • New York Photonics (Rochester, NY)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

 

Slaughter Advocates for Optics & Photonics Industry Institute with President Obama

March 21, 2014

Thursday March 20, 2014

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (Representative New York’s 25th District) sent a letter to President Obama today strongly endorsing the concept of a national manufacturing institute in Optics and Photonics, and clearly stating her position that Rochester, New York plays a leadership role.  Congresswoman Slaughter Optics letter 03 20 14

The National Network for Manufacturing and Innovation was announced by president Obama two years ago.  The President proposed building a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), consisting of regional hubs that will accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for making new, globally competitive products.

Concurrent with the President’s announcement was the release of Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies For Our Nation, a report from the National Research Council highlighting the ubiquity of Optics and Photonics technologies in modern life and identifying key challenges for the United States moving forward.  The National Photonics Initiative driven by the report sponsors grew out of the report.

New York Photonics, the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and Congresswoman Slaughter have enthusiastically supported the National Photonics Initiative, making the National Research Council report and the National Photonics Initiative the focus of our Annual Meetings in 2012 and 2013.

A team from Rochester, including RRPC members, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College and other stakeholders across the nation have been involved in planning for the possibility of a manufacturing institute in Optics and Photonics for two years.  The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester hosted an industry charrette, with broad participation from over 150 concerned industry and research representatives from around the country in December, 2012.

Vice President Biden, in Rochester on January 29th to discuss manufacturing initiatives in Monroe Community College, highlighted optics for nearly 30 minutes of his speech.  The next day, in Washington DC, Biden introduced Michael Mandina, President of Optimax System in Rochester to President Obama for conversations about manufacturing and the technical skills gap.

It is expected that President Obama will announce another National Manufacturing Institute within the next six months.

A snapshot of Rochester’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry looks like this:

  • Over 75 OPI Companies, 17,000 employees
  • Over $3B in annual sales
  • 5% – 7% annual employment growth in OPI SME[1]’s < 500 people
  • Monroe Community College Optical System Technology Program, developing technicians for the optics and electro optics workforce
  • Responsible for educating 70% of the Optics PhD’s in the nation
  • 1 in 14 households supported by the industry
  • Home to the nation’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics
  • University of Rochester Institute of Optics
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Imaging Sciences and Microelectronics
  • Bi-Annual Navy SBIR (Small Business Innovation & Research) optics conference
  • OptiFab, the only optical fabrication conference in the U.S.
  • Responsible for generating a vast numbers of the nation’s patents in optics, photonics and imaging technologies.  #1 per capita in patents in the nation.  95% of OPI patent holders still live in Rochester
  • The most robust, sophisticated and highly integrated optics, photonics and imaging supply chain in the nation
  • Top suppliers and builders for machine manufacturing, metrology, nanotechnology, semiconductor, biomedical, consumer electronic, military / defense, laser, research, automotive, mapping, geospatial imaging, entertainment and other OPI products
  • Thorough integration with the nation’s prime and second-tier defense and aerospace contractors

[1] Small and medium-sized enterprises sometimes called SMB’s for small and medium-sized businesses