Archive for the ‘Politics’ category

Radical Innovation: Can It Be Cultivated, Or Is It Unintended Consequence?

June 6, 2016

People who want to seem smarter than the average researcher or business leader pretend that they can cultivate radical innovation.  Is there evidence that they can?  “Innovation,” “Scaling,” “Disruption” are all terms that are easy to apply in hindsight and toss around at cocktail parties but not so easy to engender.

Some people think that “breaking it” and then scrambling to fix it in a new way spurs radical innovation.  Doesn’t that sound a little like vandalism or clear-cutting?  Sure, something will always grow or be repaired.  Is that innovation?  We even see evidence of this theory in politics, but with very little evidence for the success of the model.

Peter Thiel has a model.  Does it work?

Citizen Journalism: Made Possible By Light!

February 21, 2015

Advancements in aspheric lens design and manufacturing, high quality sensors, imaging software, fiber-optic data transmission, and display technology have made citizen jounalism possible. #IYOL15

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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.

Consortiums Compete for Establishment of Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation

November 21, 2014

Funding Opportunity Announced

Through a Funding Opportunity Announcement  (FOA) made on Nov. 6, the U.S. Department of Defense is calling for concept papers for the establishment of an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI).

The IP-IMI will be the largest federal investment to date under the Obama administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) at $110M. The IP-NMI does not include optics, optical systems or optical manufacturing. It does not include lasers at the manufacturing scale, optical materials or new systems for manufacturing critical DoD optical components. It is narrowly focused upon “domestic integrated photonics chip fabrication foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development.”

The FOA was made through the Air Force Research Laboratory, following President Barack Obama’s announcement of his administration’s intent to form the IP-IMI, the sixth such institute under the NNMI. The FOA reaffirms that commitment, with DoD investing $110 million, intended to be somehow matched or exceeded in investment  from industry, academia and/or state and local government through the winning proposal.

Read the White House fact sheet here.

A proposer’s day has been scheduled for Nov. 19  in Arlington, Va.

Proposers day, Artisphere Spectrum Theater, Arlington, VA

Proposers day, Artisphere Spectrum Theater, Arlington, Va.

New York Proposals

A National Institute for Manufacturing and Innovation in Photonics has been one of the main goals of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).  Numerous lobbying efforts and a national fly-in have supported the NPI.   Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY 25) has been an enthusiastic advocate for a photonics institute led and located in Rochester, N.Y.

In Rochester, an NMI effort led by the University of Rochester has been under way for two years. The university has been working with key stakeholders across the U.S. to form a consortium to partner on an application. It is rumored that The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany (CNSE) is also working on an application.  Sources at the University of Rochester say that they have been engaged in brokered discussions with CNSE.

Other New York research interests might include names like Cornell University, RIT, Columbia University, Clarkson, University at Buffalo and others.  Industrial partners may include such names as Corning, GE, IBM, Global Foundries and Sematech.

Applications are due on Dec. 19.

Read the DoD Announcement here.

Recent New York Efforts

The last NMI award announcement was for an institute for power electronics.

CNSE led a consortium that applied for the Power Electronics NMI in late 2013. That Institute was awarded to a consortium based in North Carolina.  Undeterred, Gov. Andrew Cuomo later announced a New York State Power Electronics Institute under the CNSE umbrella, promising to create 500 jobs. The announcement was made in the same building where CNSE announced its Department of Energy Photovoltaics Consortium on July 17, 2013,  promising to create 100 jobs.

The competition for leadership in Optics, Photonics and Imaging seems to be paying off for New York State.

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.

 

New York Photonics Annual Meeting

September 2, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014
3:30PM – 6:30PM
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Registration begins at 3:00PM

The registration landing page is here

 

Louise

Opening remarks by
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
Representative New York’s 25th District 

Speakers and Panelists

  • Kevin Füchsel, Head of Department Strategy – Marketing – Coordination, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering
  • Steve Anderson, Industry and Market Strategist for SPIE; former Editor-In-Chief, Laser Focus World
  • Susan Christopherson, Professor and Department Chair, Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Paul Ballentine, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences University of Rochester

Panel moderator: Ryne Rafaelle, PhD, Vice President for Research & Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

America’s Optics, Photonics, Imaging Innovation Culture:
Is a National Institute in New York’s Future?
The National Academies report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation; the National Photonics Initiative.  The Obama administration and the Department of Defense are looking to establish national manufacturing institutes for technologies that are key to America’s future. Successful global Optics and Photonics manufacturing institutes such as Fraunhofer in Germany have existed for years. Can New York help America catch up?

Panel Discussion: Innovation and Commercialization Institutes.  Do they work?  Is a U.S. institute in Optics and Photonics important to national security?  Is it important to New York?

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

Agenda:
3:00 – 3:30    Sign-in
3:30 – 4:00    Introductory remarks
4:00 – 5:30    Panel Discussion and audience interaction
5:30 – 6:30    Networking / refreshments

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…