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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?

Register For The 2015 New York Photonics Annual Meeting

August 26, 2015

In a hotly contested competition that had a team led by New York State vying with a team led by Florida and another led by Southern California, the DoD has chosen the New York team as the winner for the Integrated Photonics Institute In Manufacturing Innovation:  AIM Photonics.

All the players involved: Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytech, our Washington DC delegation, RIT, UR, UCSB, MIT, Columbia and others all played important roles —  and put aside differences to work together.

Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Schumer helped convene the New York Team, Governor Cuomo had the foresight and determination to offer a huge investment to make the application irresistible.  New York’s technology team worked together to leverage their best talents and recruit members of the application team from other states. Everyone worked hard.  New Yorkers can be proud of this announcement.

What is integrated Photonics?
Why is it important to the DoD?
What will this cross-cutting technology mean to our future?
How will it change our lives?
What is the future hold for the National Photonics Initiative?

These is the subjects of this year’s New York Photonics Annual Meeting.

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An Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation would not be possible without the National Photonics Initiative

July 23, 2015

There would be no Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation were it not for the hard work of our societies OSA and SPIE in Washington DC, and their members.  

Kudos to Alan Willner at USC for his leadership, and to Elizabeth Rogan at OSA and Eugene Arthurs at SPIE.  Without their commitment and the work of their superb staffs, the NPI would not have had the impact that it is having.

 

\WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better positionthe United States relative to global competition in this critical field.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute was joined by University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and a regional cluster of photonics businesses to submit the proposal that was selected from among three finalists. The Department of Defense (DOD) has committed to investing $110 million in the IP-IMI. The other two finalists were University of Central Florida and University of Southern California.

On behalf of the NPI, Steering Committee Chairman Alan Willner issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for the US photonics industry, and we congratulate the New York consortium on this win. While other countries have heavily invested in advancing their optics and photonics industries, the United States’ lead in this cutting-edge technology has dwindled. Establishing an IP-IMI in New York is a step in the right direction for our industry and will strengthen our country’s position as the world leader in transitioning photonics research to commercial markets.”

“The NPI and its supporting societies are committed to the long-term success of the IP-IMI. Since the IP-IMI selection process began in June 2014, the NPI has worked to educate the photonics community about this historic opportunity and pledged its support to whichever consortium was ultimately selected by the Department of Defense (DOD). We are prepared to help the IP-IMI, and by association work with the DOD, by leveraging the platforms, programs and resources of our scientific societies. The NPI looks forward to continuing its role as an advocate for the photonics community and continuing to serve as a private sector resource for the DOD as this project now moves from idea to reality.”

Optics and photonics are the science and application of light. Specifically, photonics generates, controls and detects light to advance robotics, manufacturing, medical imaging, next-generation displays, defense technologies, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy and much more. Integrated photonics circuits incorporate multiple miniature optical structures to manipulate and control beams of light, in the same way that integrated electronic circuits control electrons, in order to encode, transmit and decode information. A major goal for the IP-IMI will be to develop low-cost, high volume, manufacturing methods to interface electronic integrated circuits with integrated photonic devices.

ABOUT THE NPI: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government to raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics on our everyday lives; increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields; and drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security. The initiative is being led by top scientific societies including the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, the Laser Institute of America (LIA), The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. For more information visit www.lightourfuture.org

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-photonics-initiative-congratulates-new-york-consortium-on-securing-integrated-photonics-institute-for-manufacturing-innovation-300117450.html

 

 

Integrated Photonics Institute will be Headquartered in Rochester, NY

July 22, 2015

In a hotly contested competition that had a team led by New York State vying with a team led by Florida and another led by Southern California, the DoD has chosen the New York team as the winner for the Integrated Photonics Institute In Manufacturing Innovation:  AIM Photonics. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Chuck Schumer have announced National Manufacturing Institute in Photonics to be located in New York and headquartered in Rochester.

“All the players involved: Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytech, our Washington DC delegation, RIT, UR, UCSB, MIT, Columbia and others all played important roles —  and put aside differences to work together.

Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Schumer helped convene the New York Team, Governor Cuomo had the foresight and determination to offer a huge investment to make the application irresistible.  New York’s technology team worked together to leverage their best talents and recruit other members of the application team from other states. Everyone worked hard.  New Yorkers can be proud of this announcement,” said Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.

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Slaughter Issues Statement on Photonics Manufacturing Institute

ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter released the following statement regarding her efforts to bring a federal manufacturing institute to Rochester:

For more than three years, I’ve been leading our region’s effort to convince the Obama Administration to create a photonics manufacturing institute and build it in Rochester. With remarkable research universities, robust manufacturing capability, and the most talented workforce in the country, the Rochester region is truly the nation’s leader when it comes to photonics. Three years of tireless work is nearing the finish line but I won’t be celebrating until an official announcement is made by the Department of Defense. I’ve been proud to work with many partners on this exciting opportunity and am especially grateful for the support of the University of Rochester, RIT, Majority Leader Joe Morelle, and Governor Andrew Cuomo. I look forward to sharing more details with the community in the days ahead.

For background on Congresswoman Slaughter’s work on this institute, click here.

 

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2015/07/22/rochester-wins-federal-photonics-center/30521791/

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Two Photonics NMI Finalists Expected By End Of April

April 3, 2015

The New York Team submitted their application through SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Albany Nanotech) on March 31st. The team includes MIT, RIT, SUNY Polytech, University of Arizona, University of Rochester, USC Santa Barbara and others. Support letters from New York Photonics member companies represent small and medium-sized business support.

The submission was made to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).  The final name for the submission was the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics).

The final tally was over 100 total integrated photonic leaders from industry, academia, trade associations, and government as members and supporters with  11 tier 1 members, 4 tier 2 members, 6 tier 3 members and several leading universities.  It is believed to be the strongest team. The team core members worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to put together the best proposal AFRL will receive.  We will see if AFRL agrees.  In the meantime the core team are preparing for an anticipated site visit.

It is expected that two applicants will be chosen by the DoD for site visits by the end of the month.

The support letter from the New York Delegation led by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) is here:

NY Photonics Support Letter

SPIE Digs Deeper Into Industry

February 19, 2015

If you missed this presentation at Photonics West, SPIE’s Steven Anderson and his staff have been busy digging deeper.

http://www.newyorkphotonics.org//pdf/PW15%20Anderson%20_%20Breakfast%20%20_%20Final.pdf

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.