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Adam Dunn Tapped for Operations Manager at Rochester Precision Optics

November 15, 2017

Rochester Precision Optics (RPO) has announced the appointment of Adam Dunn to Operations Program Manager. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations and working closely with RPO’s engineering and design teams, Adam will manage production and procurement operations to champion project completion and ensure customer success.

“Adam’s proven expertise in business development and client acquisition provides the Operations department key subject matter knowledge to ensure our clients receive the exceptional service and timely end design products RPO is known for,” said Randy Shaw, President of RPO.

Having joined the company in 2013 in Business Development, Adam quickly rose to several management positions encompassing RPO’s Consumer Electronics Solutions and international lines of business. Most recently, Adam served as Director of Business Development and Marketing for RPO where he cultivated new lines of business and managed a robust portfolio of client innovation.

In commenting on his new role, Adam remarked that, “this new position affords exciting challenges where I can best utilize my expertise to ensure our Operations department is more in touch with customer needs and expectations, bringing more value to RPO as a whole.”

Adam received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from St. John Fisher College in 2011 and an Associate’s of Liberal Arts in Business from Monroe Community College in 2009.

Rochester: Toptica Photonics Opens New U.S Corporate Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility

November 7, 2017

Toptica Photonics (Farmington, NY) has opened its new U.S corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility, including new clean room facilities and laboratories. The expansion allows Toptica to continue meeting customers’ needs with photonics and laser applications as well as supporting applications in the company’s growing quantum technologies, biophotonics, and materials markets.

Mark Tolbert, CEO of Toptica USA, said, “Expanding another manufacturing facility ensures we can bring technology closer to the market at a faster pace. With double digit year-over-year growth and the upcoming 20th anniversary of its founding in Germany, Toptica Photonics is proud to have grown within the community and to contribute to the growing Rochester photonics cluster.”

Join Us for Digital Rochester’s Photonics Update on October 26th!

October 17, 2017

Digital Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster for an event designed for the non-photonics professional.  We will improve your understanding of the photonics industry, as well as some exciting updates on the recent wins in our area.  We’ve put together a panel of industry experts to give you a basic understanding of the industry, its impact on the Rochester region, as well as some exciting applications of photonics products that may surprise you!

Tom Battley – Executive Director RRPC & New York Photonics
Tony Amarel – President, Optics Professionals LLC
Alexis Spilman Vogt, PhD – Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics, Monroe Community College
Rick Plympton – CEO, Optimax Systems

Below is a short synopsis of what each panel member will be presenting:

Overview of ecosystem and distinction between AIM and the rest of the regional industry
 Tom Battley
When Vice President Joe Biden came to Rochester and announced that we would be leading AIM Photonics, a national manufacturing institute, the news was read around the globe.  In our region, the number one question became, “What is photonics?” According to the University of Rochester, Optics Photonics and Imaging companies employ over 17,000 people in our region, supporting one out of fourteen families.  The industries that these companies serve touch us all: biomedical, consumer, defense, aerospace, semiconductor, machine tools, gaming etc. The challenge for the Finger Lakes Region is how to use this advantage to grow the industry in the future.  Are we prepared, and what is being done?

National overview of job market
– Tony Amarel
Tony Amarel will provide a national overview of the photonics job market looking at where the photonics jobs, suppliers and manufactures are, and some of the influences driving the current hiring cycle. Rochester plays a major role as a central hub of the photonics industry on a national and international scale.

Monroe Community College Successes and Momentum
– Alexis Spilman Vogt
Monroe Community College is the only community college in the country awarding associate degrees in Optics and the global need for Optics technicians is dire. Alexis Vogt, PhD, Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics will discuss the successes and momentum of MCC’s Optical Systems Technology program.

What are the various Applications?  Challenges of rapid growth?
– Rick Plympton
Rick Plympton will share examples of photonic applications that are enabled by digital technologies.  Optimax manufactures precision optics for research and industry.  Modern advanced manufacturing facilities leverage digital technology for CNC machining, data analysis, production reporting and AI for improving processes.

Agenda:

Registration/Networking 7:30-8:00 am
Presentations/Panel Discussion 8:00-9:00 am
Q&As and Networking 9:00-9:30am

Venue Rochester Museum Science Center
Address 657 East Ave
Rochester NY 14607, US
Starts Thu Oct 26 2017, 7:30am EDT
Ends Thu Oct 26 2017, 9:30am EDT

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Lumetrics Wins Transparent Armor SBIR Phase One

October 17, 2017

Lumetrics, Inc., a leading metrology design, engineering and manufacturing company, has been awarded a Phase One Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant through the US Army and Department of Defense.

Lumetrics’ proposal addresses the need of developing a specialized measurement system capable of measuring a critical component to many armed forces vehicles, transparent armor.Lumetrics

Transparent armor, colloquially referred to as “bullet-proof glass,” is comprised of many layers of glass and plastics which must be non-destructively measured for quality control and layer identification purposes.

A device like this has the potential not only to lower the cost of  transparent armor manufacturing, but will most importantly help ensure our US forces receive the highest quality transparent armor for their vehicles and aircrafts.

Supported by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter ( NY25th District), this grant may lead to further development and commercialization of this technology for broader applications in the automotive, space exploration, and commercial window industries.

The development team comprising Dr. Filipp Ignatovich, Dr. Michael Marcus, Donald Gibson, and Kyle Hadcock are aiming to have a functional prototype system early next year.

 

RPC Photonics announces volume order for Engineered Diffusers™ for 3D Sensing

October 4, 2017

RPC Photonics today announced a large-volume order for Engineered Diffusers™ for a VCSEL-based, Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D Sensing application from a Fortune 50 company.  RPC Photonics’ Engineered Diffusers™ provides uniform illumination with high efficiency in a custom-designed solution.

G. Michael Morris, founder and CEO of RPC Photonics said “Our customers come to us for solutions to their most critical optical design challenges. In this case, we were able to provide our customer with a design that met all of their needs in a cost effective manner.” As a result of this engagement and many others, RPC Photonics is embarking on a significant capacity expansion to meet the needs of the rapidly growing 3D-sensing market.

300mm diameter diced Engineered Diffuser™ wafer

RPC Photonics has developed solutions for both ToF and Structured Light 3D sensing to address a broad number of product applications and holds a number of fundamental patents in the fields of micro-optics and laser beam shaping.

RPC Photonics, Inc. is a privately held C-Corporation located at 330 Clay Road, Rochester, New York 14623 USA Phone: (585) 272-2840, Website: https://www.rpcphotonics.com

Robert McCrory Stepping Down at LLE

September 29, 2017

Professor Robert L. McCrory, a physicist and scientific leader who has shepherded the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics to international prominence during the past 35 years, will retire from the directorship on October 1, the beginning of the federal government’s fiscal year.

McCrory, who holds the title of University Professor—one of just eight current or former members of the faculty to receive that distinction—and vice president and vice provost, will step down from the University as of December 31. Michael Campbell, deputy director of LLE, will become director of the lab, pending approval of the University’s Board of Trustees.

President and CEO Joel Seligman said McCrory’s record of scientific achievement represents an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach that are the hallmarks of Rochester’s approach to research and scholarship.

“Bob had a vision for LLE and he worked tirelessly to engage faculty and students in optics, physics, engineering, and other departments to explore some of the most important scientific issues of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Seligman says. “He’s been a leader in working with our congressional leaders and colleagues at other institutions to advocate for the unique strengths of LLE. He deserves our thanks and appreciation for his efforts to make LLE an internationally recognized research facility.”

University Provost and Senior Vice President for Research Rob Clark says McCrory’s leadership is synonymous with establishing Rochester as one of the preeminent sites for high-energy laser science.

“This is truly the end of an era,” Clark says. “Bob has been instrumental in the success of LLE from nearly the beginning of the facility. He set a standard for research excellence, fiscal management, and academic achievement that will be hard to replace.”

McCrory began his career at Rochester in 1976, arriving as a research scientist from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He became director and CEO of LLE in 1983.

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Sydor Instruments Receives $1 Million SBIR award from the Department of Energy, Office of Science

September 8, 2017

Grant funds the commercialization of a specialized Sydor Spectro CCD detector, designed for Soft X-ray Spectrometers.

Sydor Instruments, a Sydor Technologies Company, announced today that it has been awarded a $991,741 SBIR Phase IIA grant from the Department of Energy, Office of Science to commercialize the unique Sydor Spectro CCD. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The CCD includes specific features to improve resolution in soft X-ray spectroscopy. This improved resolution allows spectrometers to be shorter, which is critical for cost savings as well as achieving the high tolerance positioning when moving the spectrometer during experiments.

The Phase 1 award developed the concept and the Phase II award developed a prototype detector. The prototype detector was demonstrated in a test at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) on the RIXS beamlines 8.0.1 and 6.3.2. The Phase IIA will increase the sensor size, plus repackage the system into a commercial offering. Sydor will add this product to the suite of soft and hard X-ray detectors and beam monitors that are used globally for synchrotron and XFEL applications.

Mark Katafiaz, VP of US Operations at Sydor Technologies notes: “The SBIR support letters and strong customer demand verify that the Sydor Spectro CCD solves a significant problem. Results at ALS further confirm that our 5 micron pixel resolution, ultra low noise, and the highest ultra-soft X-ray QE will enable beamlines to fully utilize their source capabilities for years to come.”