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Proposed U.S. Budget Cuts for Science and Technology Funding Spark Comment

May 26, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and WASHINGTON, DC, USA May 23, 2017

Federal funding for basic and applied scientific research — a powerful driver of the economy as well as an enabler of life-saving medical and other vital technologies — deserves continued support, say leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. They joined others in the scientific community today in responding to the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2018.

The White House presented President Trump’s budget proposal to Congress this morning, following submission of an outline at the end of March. The fiscal year begins in October.

Among positives in the recommendations, SPIE leaders noted continued support for the National Institutes of Health Cancer Moonshot project, as well as for applied research and advanced technology development in the Department of Defense budget.

“Continued investment in researching a cure for cancer should remain a top priority for the nation,” said Jason Mulliner, chair of the SPIE Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy committee. “Only through a concerted and well-funded effort will we win the war against such a ravaging illness.”

Budget cuts in other areas raised concerns.

“At first glance this is a very troubling proposal, which calls for historic cuts to U.S. research and development funding,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “For science and technology, it seems a turning away from investing in the future, from what has brought prosperity and health to our nation and to the world. The final say is with Congress, which we hope will have a different view of the path to a better future.”

The next steps are hearings by House and Senate committees on the proposed budget and its impacts, and drafting of budget resolutions for appropriations that will be negotiated between the two houses and sent to the President for signing.

“It is important to note that final decisions on funding levels for Fiscal Year 2018 ultimately will be decided by Congress,” said SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris. “Along that line, in the recently finalized Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus spending bill, Congress provided for an increase in federal R&D by five percent above Fiscal Year 2016 levels despite a request for significant cuts by the Administration.”

Among some of the programs of particular importance to SPIE membership, Douris said, the President requested $149 million in cuts to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and $471 million in cuts to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within NIH. Within the DOE Office of Science, the President’s budget requests $290 million in cuts to Basic Energy Sciences (BES). Additionally, the President proposes to discontinue funding for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) within NIST.

Source: Proposed U.S. Budget Cuts for Science and Technology Funding Spark Comment

Rochester – Jena Relationship Strengthens with Visit by Thüringen Prime Minister and Delegation

May 16, 2017

Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, Germany, and a delegation of scientists and dignitaries visited Rochester on May 14 and 15. The purpose of the visit was to advance the scientific, academic research and business relationship between Rochester and Jena, two “sister cities of light.”

The ‘sister cities’ of Jena and Rochester (USA) have a lot in common: in Jena, as in Rochester, an optics industry has developed since the 19th century together with a strong supplier network. While in Jena the collaboration between Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe significantly furthered optics research, soon after in Rochester, local industrialists George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and Edward Bausch (Bausch & Lomb) founded an optics institute at the university. In fact, Eastman visited Jena at least once in 1911, and must have recognized the city as the center of Europe’s optics industry. Since then there have been many changes. Today, both regions are enormously strong locations for the optics and photonics industry and research.

For more articles about the relationship development search here.

Andreas Tünnerman, Director, Fraunhofer IOF and Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia

On Monday morning, May 15th, together with the German delegation; Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) president, Kate Bennett and vice president, Dan Menelly, and RMSC board and staff, Prime Minister Ramelow and Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics  donated a laser hologram to the RMSC’s permanent optics exhibit. The hologram displays the skylines of Rochester and Jena, side by side, beneath the words “We Love Photonics.”

The Fraunhofer Institute is recognized as the leading public/privately-funded organization for applied research in Europe (and the West) with an annual budget exceeding $2 billion Euro.

The color-tunable laser projected image celebrates “light-based” relationship of the two cities

The New York Photonics cluster began developing a relationship with Fraunhofer IOF in 2014, while lobbying for the National Photonics Initiative and a national institute for photonics manufacturing. The following year a team led by New York State was awarded $110 million from the Department of Defense as part of the >$620 million AIM Photonics effort for developing America’s manufacturing capacity in integrated photonics.

On Sunday night Prime Minister Ramelow hosted a dinner and reception in Rochester with faculty from University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Tom Battley, Executive Director of New York Photonics.

 

The delegation and attendees at the RMSC presentation ceremony, bathed in light.

Carl, the Zeiss Star Projector in the Strasenurgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center

 

 

New York Photonics is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State optics, photonics and imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government.

International Trade Dinner at Harris Beach – Tuesday, June 6

May 11, 2017

Join us at Harris Beach for an enlightening discussion about the current climate, rules and regulations concerning International Trade.  These events at Harris Beach are always well attended by RRPC / New York Photonics members and involve plenty of lively discussion.

  • 5:00pm Registration/Reception
  • 6:00pm Dinner / Presentation

As the global photonics marketplace expands its reach to commercial operations of all sizes, businesses need help to successfully take advantage of growing international trade opportunities and avoid potential legal and regulatory pitfalls unique to cross-border activity. Various state and federal statutes, regulations and U.S. recognized international conventions are triggered when a domestic business conducts cross-border activity, including the disclosure of export-controlled materials to foreign nationals within domestic borders.  The presentation will include a  sampling of real-world situations which businesses of all sizes have encountered from the unanticipated application of federal export control laws, economic sanctions programs and international contracting principles, and which hopefully will sensitize you to the extensive reach of international trade laws as you guide your enterprises toward success. Topics will include a review of current developments affecting:

  • Import/export licensing and controls
  • US. Economic sanctions programs
  • Government contracting
  • European Union- United States Data Transfers
  • General Business Practices

This event is $50 for non-RRPC members
RRPC Members use the discount code MEMBER to attend this event at no charge.

Not sure if your company is a New York Photonics Member?  Contact Marilyn Giannoccaro to find out.

Click here for more information and registration

Please register by Friday, June 2, 2017

Your Presenter

Allen E. Molnar is a partner at Harris Beach PLLC. He represents commercial clients on regulatory and international trade compliance matters and in ancillary proceedings related to ongoing civil litigation, such as state and federal regulatory enforcement investigations and international corporate investigations.

Allen handles issues with multijurisdictional or international implications, such as compliance with requirements of anti-moneylaundering laws, the Bank Secrecy and PATRIOT Acts, data privacy requirements, import-export issues, and matters involving the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, and the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.  He has interacted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, state police, the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, INTERPOL, and overseas law enforcement officials in the resolution of several matters.  Allen also counsels institutional clients on matters involving government procurement contracts, including application of Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations, complying with their requirements/investigating suspected compliance lapses, and responding to agency enforcement actions.

New York Photonics Networking Last Night

May 10, 2017

Over 80 people were in attendance at the New York Photonics networking session last night at Bergmann Associates‘ beautiful new office space in downtown Rochester.

Theme of the evening: The Vision Thing

We enjoyed a great evening in Tower280, a visionary space in a transformed Midtown Tower (Kudos to Morgan Properties, Buckingham Properties and Bergmann designers).

We heard about Light & Sound Interactive, the visionary conference coming to Rochester in September 2017; a conference designed to transform the Rochester economy into a hub for VR / AR Multimedia technology development and manufacturing. And it will coincide with New York Photonics annual meeting and golf tournament!

We saw, and heard about Bergmann Associates / Eastman Business Park’s vision of the Lake Avenue / Ridge Road / Maplewood Drive Corridor, anchored by the ON Semiconductor and AIM Photonics presence, as a flexible Work / Play / Live sector in City North.

We really enjoy spending time with our friends and colleagues, Innovators all, who embrace the future, and are passionate about our city, our region, and our industry.

Thank you, Bergmann Associates for the tours, for the VR demonstrations, for the wine and food, and for your commitment to Rochester and our center city!

See you next time!

NPI volunteers meet with congressional offices to support investment in optics and photonics

May 5, 2017

L to R: Bryan DeBono, Synopsis; Ryan Ford, RIT; Ed White, AIM Photonics; Rick Plympton, Optimax; Tim Gibbs, RIT; Di Xu, UR; Liam Fitzsimmons, Louise Slaughter; Kenneth Kort, OSA Fellow, Louise Slaughter’s office

Nearly 50 volunteers participated in the NPI Congressional Visits Day by visiting about 80 offices of representatives and senators from nearly two dozen states.

Your New York team were among them!

L to R: Drew Wayne, Tom Reed; Tom Battley, New York Photonics; Congressman Tom Reed (NY23); Ryan Ford, RIT; Tim Gibbs, RIT

Source: NPI volunteers meet with congressional offices to support investment in photonics – Laser Focus World

Small Business Week Events in the Monroe County Region

April 24, 2017

Sydor’s Zach Hobbs

Monroe County is celebrating National Small Business Week May 1st – May 5th with a week of local events aimed at recognizing small businesses while providing educational and development opportunities to businesses, employees and elected leaders.  

Among the week’s speakers will be Zach Hobbs from Sydor Optics.

Hobbs will discuss two projects undertaken at Sydor Optics with the Pollution Prevention Institute (P2I) that resulted in increased reclamation of used Cerium Oxide.  Cerium Oxide is a rare earth used by precision optics manufacturers as a polishing compound. The reclaimed ceria is collected, recycled and reformulated by Flint Creek Resources (Ontario County) for use back at Sydor Optics. 

In the first project, P2I collected data and performed testing to recommend a solution to increase our collection of used and spent ceria.  The second project included the final design and implementation of a system that will enable Sydor to increase their collection efforts by up to 2X and allow the company to be more sustainable with a resource that is primarily imported from China.

Part of the week’s agenda:

RIT Sustainability Roundtable – NYS Pollution Prevention Institute

May 1st, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: RIT – Louise Slaughter Building, 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Building 78, Room 2220
Description: This informational panel discussion will educate area businesses on the benefits that sustainability can have for their bottom line and will provide government officials with information on sustainability initiatives practiced by local businesses.

Featuring: Zachary Hobbs – Sydor Optics, Daniel O’Connell – American Fuel Cell, John Erbland – Paradigm of NY, John Urlaub – Rohrbach Brewing Co., and John McCurdy/Bill Popham – Locust Hill Country Club

Registration: http://bit.ly/p2ismallbusiness


MCC Corporate College: Training and Development Open House

May 4th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: MCC Economics & Workforce Development Center, 1057 E. Henrietta Rd., Suite 300, Rochester, NY 14623
Description: Presented by MCC Corporate College. Three sample training sessions will be offered to local businesses and employees to explain how MCC Corporate College can support small businesses in our community. The three sample training sessions being offered are: Managing Different Personality Styles, Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks, and Learn to Fly – sUAS (drones).

Registration: http://www.mccediws.com/smallbiz/

A Community Together for Education: “How Your Business Can Partner with Local Schools”

May 4th, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Village Gate Atrium, 274 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607
Description: A Community Together for Education delivers positive messaging about our local school districts, encourages community support of public education, and promotes positive partnerships within the community. Come learn how to promote your business’ brand in the community, network with leaders of local school districts, and see student displays in the fields of robotics and technology.

Registration:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-your-business-can-partner-with-local-schools-tickets-33709563211

For more information on all of Monroe County’s Small Business Week events please visit www.monroecounty.gov/nsbw2017.

 

 

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, SLAUGHTER ANNOUNCE MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SECURES $550,000 TO MAKE COLLEGE A TOP PHOTONICS TRAINING CENTER

April 21, 2017

New York Photonics has been working on getting this designation for over 10 years.  It wasn’t until Professor Alexis Vogt, PhD came to MCC that it began to move forward.  Thank you, Alexis!

SCHOOL AIMS TO MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR SKILLED WORKERS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Monroe Community College (MCC), The Only Community College In The Nation Offering An Optics and Photonics Associates Degree, Needed Federal Funds To Expand Facilities, Meet Regional Need For Trained Workers

Over $500K from National Science Foundation (NSF) Is First Step Towards Making MCC the Northeast Regional Center for Optics and Photonics; Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Urged Feds To Approve Funds That Would Support New Equipment, Curriculum & Recruitment

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter: Critical Fed Funds Will Help Build on MCC’s Proven Success in Optics and Photonics

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY25) today announced the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technology Foundation’s Education program has awarded $550,434 for Monroe Community College (MCC). The funding will allow MCC to expand its optics and photonics degree programs, purchase new equipment, as well as develop a new curriculum and expand student outreach.  Optics and photonics involves the science and application of light and are key to many industries including manufacturing, telecommunications and medicine.

“MCC is a proven leader in optics and photonics training, and we have an opportunity here to build on that success by creating a top-notch training center that will prepare Upstate New Yorkers for good-paying, middle-class jobs in this burgeoning field,” said Senator Schumer. “This five hundred thousand will enable MCC to expand its optics and photonics degree programs, update its equipment, and put it on track to become the Northeast Regional Center for Optics & Photonics. This grant is the first step in creating a regional center that will ensure all of New York and the entire Northeast has the workforce it needs to attract, build and sustain a strong photonics industry.”

“This federal funding is great news for Monroe Community College and for the entire Rochester community,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “The Rochester area is already at the center of the American optics and photonics industries, and these funds will help secure MCC’s position as a leading training center for students who want good-paying jobs in these fields. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure our students are prepared to take on the good-paying jobs of the future.”

“We have fought hard these last few months to ensure the National Science Foundation understood the important impact this federal award could have in helping train the next generation advanced manufacturing workforce.” Said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.  “It was truly a team effort that would not have been possible without the work of Alexis Vogt and the extraordinary leadership of President Kress. I’m proud to have stood with Monroe Community College in support of their proposal every step of the way. This federal award will help Monroe County continue to lead the world in optics and photonics,” said Slaughter.

MCC is currently the only community college in the U.S. with an optics and photonics associate’s degree program, and is looking to become a major training center for this burgeoning field. Schumer, Gillibrand said that MCC hopes to ultimately become the “Northeast Regional Center for Optics & Photonics,” and this federal funding will help start make that expansion possible.

L to R: student Mark Smith; Professor Bill Strong; Professor Alexis Vogt, PhD; MCC President Anne Kress; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Additionally this NSF grant is the first step in MCC reaching that goal of becoming a center for photonics training and, eventually, middle-class job growth in this growing industry. Schumer explained that there are currently over 120 optics, photonics and imaging companies that employ over 24,000 people across the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Central New York regions.  Schumer, Gillibrand said this federal funding would help provide training for over 800 area high school and college students through the proposed OPT IN! program. Schumer said that OPT IN! would put Rochester area students in the best possible position to pursue higher education and compete in the job market. Not only would it allow high school students to earn college credits, Schumer argued that OPT IN! would make it easier for non-traditional students, such as veterans, to transfer from MCC to four-year universities and to complete critical student internships. The grant would also allow MCC to develop new and revised curriculum, and expand online education. Finally, Schumer explained that OPT IN! would broaden industry and community partnerships aimed at recruitment and education about optics and photonics as a career option.

Dr. Alexis Vogt, Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College said, “We are very appreciative of the Senators’ support to help us win this grant.  We are now on our way to making Monroe Community College the home of the Northeast Regional Center for Photonics & Optics.  This grant to allow MCC to strengthen our region’s optics and photonics workforce and provide students here with employment opportunities in regional high skill, high demand positions.  Ultimately this funding gives us the foundation to begin creating a regional center that will ensure all of New York and the entire Northeast has the workforce it needs to attract, build and sustain a strong photonics industry.”

The photonics and optics industry is central to the New York State economy and the Rochester area in particular. According to the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC), these companies generate $3 billion in revenue per year, and support 1-in-14 households in Monroe County. In addition to the one-of-a-kind program at MCC, Rochester is home to the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at Rochester Institute of Technology. Statewide, New York universities educate 60 percent of the nation’s optics Ph.Ds.

Schumer, Gillibrand has long championed optics and photonics in the Rochester area. Earlier this year, Schumer, Gillibrand announced that the NSF awarded a $2 million dollar grant to the University of Rochester’s photonics research program. These funds created new opportunities for AIM Photonics Center outreach in the Rochester community. The University of Rochester was able to create K-12 education materials to teach students about photonics and optics.

 A copy of Senator Schumer’s October 2016 letter to the National Science Foundation Director appears below:

Dear Director Cordova,

I am pleased to write in strong support of Monroe Community College (MCC) grant application to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program to enable MCC to expand its optics and photonics education and training program so that MCC can train more students to fill available high skill, high demand positions at local and regional employers.  Currently MCC is the only college in the nation that offers an associate degree program in optics, and yet, in the Rochester region there are now more job openings for these positions than there are graduated students ready to fill these openings.  Thus, MCC’s proposal, named the Optics & Photonics Technology INnovation-OPT IN!, will expand MCC’s work by first expanding and enriching its curriculum to train students for today’s cutting-edge photonics fields, and secondly by linking with secondary schools, universities, and employers to create a seamless pipeline for more students to seek a career in photonics.   

Currently more than 120 optics, photonics, and imaging companies employ over 24,000 people across the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Central New York regions. With an anticipated 3.3% annual employment growth and a workforce that is approaching retirement, the need for skilled optics technicians is outpacing the number of graduates who are prepared to fill positions.  Beyond the specific workforce needs of these existing companies, demand for skilled photonics worker will grow further with the establishment in 2015 of the Rochester, NY headquartered federal American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics).   

To grow the optics and photonics workforce, the proposed OPT IN! program will impact 850 high school and college students including underrepresented, non-traditional students like our growing veteran student population to help them advance their careers.  MCC would expand dual enrollment opportunities for high school students, 2+2 and transfer linkages to four-year universities, student internships, and faculty professional development.  Furthermore the program would develop new and revised curriculum, including online curriculum, at MCC’s Optical Systems Technology program to meet current industry standards.  And by broadening industry and community partnerships it will foster recruitment, retention, and outreach activities to promote the awareness of optics and photonics as career option.

Again, I am pleased to write in support of this win-win proposal that aims to meet both the needs of a student population seeking the skills needed to gain a career in a high tech industry and for the needs of existing photonics businesses seeking new employees to fill current and future job openings.  I appreciate your consideration of this proposal.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

A copy of Congresswoman Slaughter’s October 2016 letter to the National Science Foundation Director appears below:

Dear Director Cordova,

I am writing to express my support for Monroe Community College’s (MCC) proposal entitled “Optics and Photonics Technology Innovation – OPT IN” to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.

Starting in 1963, MCC became the first educational institution in the country to offer a two – year Associates degree in optics and continues to set a national example in optics education.  Under the leadership of Professor Alexis Voigt, MCC is pursuing two objectives through this proposal: First, MCC will strengthen the existing optics program by updating the curriculum to meet industry needs, including adding an online format to accommodate students balancing employment.  The program will also prepare regional high school teachers to teach an “Introduction to Optics” course which will expose younger students to optics and provide them an opportunity to launch an early career.  Secondly, I’m pleased this proposal is increasing the program’s outreach efforts to populations underrepresented in the optics industry, such as Women and minorities.

Located within the largest optics and photonics manufacturing region in the world, MCC Optics is playing a central role in providing a qualified workforce to strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in high tech manufacturing.  The Rochester region recently secured the federally supported $600 million American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) that will bring together experts from government, industry, and academia to work together on solving common problems in photonics manufacturing.  This collaboration will result in improved technology for our military and spur job creation through the commercialization of new discoveries.  These important efforts are sustained by workforce development programs, like MCC Optics, that are producing the qualified workforce needed to keep up with industry demands.

Throughout its history, MCC Optics has demonstrated success in providing students the foundation they need for a productive career in optics while also making significant contributions to the region’s economy.  I am proud of the work MCC Optics has done and encourage your full consideration of this proposal.

Sincerely,

Louise M. Slaughter
Member of Congress