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JML Optical celebrates the remarkable life of Gerry Lynch

May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER, NY – The JML Optical family said goodbye to one of its most accomplished members this year. Gerry Lynch was one of the first employees shortly after JML was founded in 1972. She spent the next 45 years working with the company. Gerry was one of the very first female students to attend classes at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics – before women were allowed to receive degrees in the program.

Gerry was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Optical Society of America’s Rochester Chapter, of which she served as Treasurer. During her career she utilized over 14 difference lens design programs, including CodeV which she taught herself while in her 80’s. She designed zoom lenses used in most home movie cameras in the 1950s – 1960’s and one that was launched into space in an RCA satellite. She was a contributing designer of the original Xerox 914 copier lens that helped launch the successful Rochester company. Designing lenses from the near UV through the visible and into the near infrared, she designed thousands of lenses for zoom and non-zoom imaging applications including telescopes, scan lenses, projectors, and microscopes.

At today’s event, JML Optical’s President & CEO Bob Bicksler said “Gerry was a prolific designer whose work will continue to shape the photonics industry for generations. Her wisdom, grace and wit was evident in all facets of her life and I personally feel blessed to have known her.”

JML thanked Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo for acknowledging Gerry’s accomplishments today with an official Monroe County proclamation.

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

SYNTEC Optics Completes Facilities Consolidation In Rochester

March 1, 2017

Consolidation creates efficiencies for the innovative 20-year old company and its customers.

Syntec Optics, (video here) a privately-owned advanced polymer optics manufacturing company in Rochester, NY, has announced the completion of its move from three separate facilities in New York State to the City of Rochester.

Syntec Optics (website here) is making American manufacturing globally competitive again. The move enables global customers to now benefit from a vertically integrated supply chain and quicker product development cycles”, said Al Kapoor, owner of Syntec, who appreciates the optics talent Kodak and Bausch & Lomb helped create over many decades in the City of Rochester.syntec-01

Kapoor continues to invest in Syntec Optics, helping the company continue to be an industry pioneer. He founded Syntec Optics and its affiliates immediately after his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1997 and was later able to buyout his outside institutional investors. Syntec’s pioneering plastic optics assemblies and components are used in numerous industries, from defense missiles and night vision goggles, to medical detection of disease, and consumer virtual reality.

Karen Altman, Manager of Business Development for the City of Rochester said, “We are fortunate to have Syntec Optics in Rochester and welcome this consolidation in  the City of Rochester.”

Syntec Optics claims to be North America’s largest polymer optics assembly and opto-mechanical component provider. Renovation and development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility more than 85,000 sq. ft. in size, built on over 7 acres of land, allowed co-location of its polymer optics & optics assembly division with its optical mold, diamond turning optics, and optical coating division. Syntec’s affiliated opto-mechanicals division, Wordingham Technologies was also co-located. Offerings from all divisions can now be combined at the same location to make polymer optics assemblies for the full light spectrum.  

“The consolidation has created powerful synergies for our cross-functional talent. This combined capability allows us to quickly assess and solve incredible difficult problems, creatively under one roof” said Steven Polvinen, President of Syntec Optics.

To learn more about this new capability please visit Syntecoptics.com and watch the video, or call Sara Hart at Syntec Optics at 585.464.9336 x101 or 650.616.4229.

Sydor Optics Announces Mike Ognenovski As New President

February 16, 2017

Mike Ognenovski has been named President of Sydor Optics, an OEM manufacturer of high precision, custom plano optics. As President, Ognenovski will have responsibility for overseeing operations, sales and marketing and will report directly to Jim Sydor who is now Chairman.

mike_oMike was former Vice President of Operations for Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment and joined Harris Corporation as part of the acquisition of Exelis where he was Vice President of Operations at Geospacial Systems. Mike’s previous experiences also include Director of Operations for the ITT Space Systems Division and Director of Worldwide Operations, for Optical Products at Eastman Kodak Company. Ognenovski holds a bachelor of science degree in finance and management from RIT and has completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

“The senior leadership team and I spent much of 2016 evaluating potential candidates knowing that the individual we selected would help lead Sydor Optics into the future,” said Jim Sydor, Chairman. “I could not be happier about the decision to hire Mike as he brings a great deal of experience to our company that aligns itself perfectly with our company’s core values: Optimism, Dedication, Happiness, Fairness, Respect and Teamwork.”

Ognenovski joined the Sydor team on the exhibition floor at SPIE Photonics West earlier this month.

2017 New York Photonics Map/Calendar Debuts at SPIE Photonics West

February 10, 2017

It’s popular!  It has already gone global!
We handed out nearly 250 calendars, large and small,  at the New York Photonics booth in the Photonics West New York Aisle this year.
Industry folks and customers around the world love to get their hands on this calendar.
Thank you to all of the sponsors for their support of this great economic development handout.

If you live in the Finger Lakes Region you can get your hands on the calendars at local events.
If you live elsewhere you may be able to get one from one of our many sponsors or at international SPIE and OSA conferences.

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Navitar Purchases Canadian Camera Manufacturer PixeLINK®

January 31, 2017

 Acquisition Expands Navitar’s Integrated Imaging Solutions Business

Photonics West, January 31, 2017 — Navitar Canada, Inc. (Navitar), an innovative manufacturer of precision optical solutions, announced today the purchase of PixeLINK®, a leading developer of digital cameras for use in industrial, life science, and other advanced imaging applications.


Based in Ottawa, ON, Canada, PixeLINK manufactures, optimizes and integrates industrial cameras for machine vision applications and microscope cameras for life science and digital microscopy applications. Product offerings include CMOS and CCD sensors, coupled with state-of-the-art high speed digital technologies such as USB 3.0, FireWire (IEEE 1394), USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). PixeLINK’s latest camera models are equipped with the 12.3 MPixel Sony Pregius IMX253 (1.1”) and 8.9MPixel IMX255 (1”) sensors which support 4K Ultra HD video.

“The addition of the PixeLINK business enables us to provide our Navitar core dealers and OEM customers in machine vision and life science a large range of visible spectrum camera solutions,” explains Navitar President Michael Thomas. “Navitar recently added active alignment, assembly and testing of 4K OEM lens camera modules to our repertoire of services – combining Navitar large format, athermal, HDR lenses with Sony IMX CMOS sensors. Now our customers developing VR cameras, autonomous vehicles, drones and persistent surveillance systems will achieve unprecedented image quality with a Navitar lens, and they will benefit from decades of sensor integration expertise and industry-leading CMOS camera technology from PixeLINK.”

PixeLINK is recognized around the world for its quality hardware, imaging software and unmatched customer service. Their USB 3.0 high speed cameras provide superb image quality and have consistently been rated as the most reliable industrial cameras in the market. Paul Saunders, President of PixeLINK, comments, “We are excited to add our cameras to Navitar’s large selection of imaging products. Current and new customers will benefit greatly from our integrated solution offerings.”

Julian Goldstein and Jeremy Goldstein, owners of Navitar, comment, “We welcome the PixeLINK employees and customers to the Navitar network of companies and look forward to developing ground-breaking integrated camera and lens solutions optimized for the sharpest, cleanest images available in the industry.”

Navitar announced the acquisition of PixeLINK at SPIE Photonics West. In addition, the company is introducing a new high performance zoom lens series, the Resolv4K, with a live demonstration using a PixeLINK camera (IMX255 sensor).

Press contact:

Amy Block, Marketing Director, Navitar, Inc. | 585.359.4000 | amy.block@navitar.com