UB’s Paras Prasad Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Posted January 2, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: Awards, Biophotonics, Nanotech, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics

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University at Buffalo researcher Paras Prasad, an internationally recognized expert in optics and photonics, has been named a Fellow of the nailogoNational Academy of Inventors (NAI).

NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded by the organization to academic researchers who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.paras-prasad

Among other individuals, the list of NAI Fellowsincludes presidents and senior leaders of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, Nobel Laureates, and recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science.

New fellows will be inducted at a ceremony on April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prasad, PhD, serves as the executive director of UB’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB). He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering.

Prasad was an early pioneer in nanomedicine, which uses super-small particles, materials and devices to treat and diagnose disease.

He specializes in the use of optics, photonics and nanotechnology in this field, and has worked with colleagues to study and develop a wide range of new materials that could ultimately improve lives around the world.

These novel materials include miniature luminescent crystals that could be used in image-guided surgery; light-activated nanoparticles that could enable the development of new bioimaging technologies for disease detection; new nanoneurotechnologies for monitoring and enhancing brain functions; and magnetic and laser-activated nanoparticles that could be used for cancer diagnosis and treatment. This latter technology was licensed to UB spinoff Nanobiotix, a publicly traded company and leader in nanomedicine that has maintained close contact with Prasad while working to develop these and other new nanomedicine products.

Prasad has published more than 750 scientific papers, eight edited books and four monographs, and has been named the inventor or co-inventor on numerous patents. In keeping with his emphasis on the translational impact of his research, Prasad has been extremely active in launching startup companies and partnering with industry for co-development of technologies to create new companies. His efforts have led to 9 different companies worldwide.

He has received numerous regional, national and international recognitions for his lifetime achievements, including the Morley Medal; Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal; Guggenheim Fellowship; Sloan Fellowship; Western New York Health Care Industries Technology/Discovery Award; and Excellence in Pursuit of Knowledge Award of the Research Foundation for SUNY. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society, OSA (the Optical Society) and SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics).

This year, SPIE awarded him the society’s highest honor: the Gold Medal. The University at Buffalo awarded him the high honor of the UB President’s Medal in 2016 in recognition of extraordinary service to the university, and he also received UB’s inaugural Innovation Impact Award in 2015 for his contributions to the invention of the technologies licensed to Nanobiotix.

In 2005, he was named one of the “Scientific American 50,” the magazine’s list of “visionaries from the worlds of research, industry and politics whose recent accomplishments point toward a brighter technological future for everyone.” He was on the Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” list for 2014 and 2016.

Prasad has received honorary doctorates from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden; the Aix-Marseille University in France; and the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Russia.

The National Academy of Inventors is a nonprofit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and nonprofit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 200 institutions. The academy was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

Why We Are Grateful

Posted January 2, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

2016: A lot to be grateful for!
On December 14, the New York State Photonics Board announced the location of the nation’s test, assembly and packaging facility.  The TAP facility will colocate with ON Semiconductor in the City of Rochester.  This is another milestone for AIM Photonics in an international competition that holds great promise for our nation with a technology that will revolutionize so much in our increasingly technological lives.

With all of the public confusion during the past 18 months about “What is photonics?” (the science of light),  “Where will the headquarters be?” (it didn’t need one), “What is integrated photonics?” (data via light at the nano/semiconductor level), “What about the Albany bid-rigging scandal?” (it has nothing to do with this national initiative), it is easy to lose sight of the people that helped make the American Institute in Manufacturing Integrated Photonics possible, and worked so hard to make certain that Rochester remained the headquarters for this national effort.

Our Gratitude Includes Many in Its Embrace

It began with the Obama administration recognizing in how critical manufacturing still is to our nation’s economy and creating the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to bolster US competitiveness.  We are grateful for that vision.

There would be no Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute without the National Photonics Initiative and the people that worked so hard to inform, educate and create possibility in Washington DC as part of that effort.  It includes the scientists who participated in the Optics & Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation.  Noteworthy is who has been downloading the report, by nation, since it was released.  We are grateful for our nation’s brilliant scientific and strategic thinkers.

It includes the vision of Eugene Arthurs at SPIE and his superb staff in Bellingham, Washington and Washington DC.  It includes the vision of Elizabeth Rogan at OSA and her excellent hard-working staff in Washington DC.  Without the combined effort of these two organizations AIM Photonics would not exist.  We are grateful.

It includes the vision of two governors and even a disgraced scientist: George Pataki who began Chip Fab New York (later Semi NY); Andrew Cuomo, who continued investing in what was once known as Albany Nanotech and anted up a $250M investment in AIM Photonics; and Alain Kaloyeros, a visionary academic who insisted that New York State could be an international leader in semiconductor development, and proved it with SUNY CNSE.  The combined efforts of these three leaders brought Global Foundries to Malta, NY and created the fertile basis that, when combined with Rochester New York’s extraordinary legacy in Optics and Photonics and our lobbying at the Federal level, enabled New York to lead the successful application that has become AIM Photonics.

It includes Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Chuck Schumer who were extraordinary advocates for New York’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry, for New York Photonics, and for Rochester, NY.  It includes Assemblyman Joe Morelle for his advocacy on our behalf in Albany.

It includes many others that made big contributions: Paul Ballentine, Executive Director, UR CEIS; Jay Eastman, CEO of OPTEL and OSA at-large board member, and others to numerous to name.

It became clear on Wednesday as the governor and the members of the New York State Photonics board deliberated and made presentations about AIM Photonics’ progress, that very little institutional memory exists of how the national institute for manufacturing integrated photonics became an opportunity, one that became AIM Photonics.  It was poignant to see no representation from industry.

We are grateful to everyone that made the AIM Photonics Institute possible.

What else are we grateful for?

We are grateful for Paul Conrow’s work at East High School, kindling interest in optical fabrication among his students for several years, with the help of people like Jim VanKouwenberg, Tony Marino and Patrick Iulianello, and companies like Applied Image, Optimax and Accucoat.osa-with-east-high-and-nobel-laureates

We are grateful to the high school and primary school teachers and administrators that are evangelists for the science of optics, photonics and physics and guiding young people towards careers in our field.

We are grateful to the adjunct professors and professors of optics Alexis Vogt and Bill Strong who are creating the next generation of American opticians.  And we are grateful for the support of Corning and Sydor, and the advisory board that makes the MCC Optical Systems Technology Program one of a kind in the nation.

We are grateful for all of our sponsors, companies and community stakeholders who continue to volunteer, participate, attend, inquire, contribute, and promote New York, Rochester, and New York’s Finger Lakes Region as an international center for Optics, Photonics and Imaging in the Century of the Photon!

Thank you for being you!


East High School Precision Optics Manufacturing Lab: Coating Chamber Functional!

Posted December 22, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Education & Training, Manufacturing, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, RRPC Member News

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The East High Optical Fabrication laboratory recently added coating capabilities with a Denton DV-502A coating chamber.14095696_1755989041351249_5795386981671000285_n

Patrick Iulianello,Vice President Operations at Accucoat (Rochester, NY) recently helped East High Precision Optics Manufacturing students with their first aluminum mirror coating efforts on 2″ plano discs (made in the lab).  Accucoat also helped with some custom tooling for the chamber.

Next up: copper coating!

East High School is the only high school in the country with a precision optical manufacturing lab.
The comprehensive laboratory at East High School is the envy of colleges and universities.accucoat-logo
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AIM Photonics TAP Facility Announced

Posted December 14, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: AIM Photonics, Integrated Photonics, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics

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Rochester, NY, December 14 2016

A former Eastman Kodak Co. building on Lake Avenue is the recommended site for the research hub of the nation’s national integrated photonics initiative, AIM Photonics, sources say — with a vote confirming the selection expected Wednesday morning.

The site is at the edge of Eastman Business Park, formerly Building 81 and now home to ON Semiconductor. The company will lease excess clean room, lab and office space for what is called the Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility, according to sources with knowledge of the recommendation.

Members of the state board overseeing American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will vote on the site during a meeting in downtown Rochester, sources said, with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others expected to attend. Howard Zemsky, head of Empire State Development, is expected to present the proposal.

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From Empire State Development:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state-of-the-art AIM Photonics Manufacturing Facility will be located in Eastman Business Park in Rochester at ON Semiconductor. The facility will be used to test, assemble and package chips that use photons in place of electrons for increased performance of semiconductor circuits. The New York State Photonics Board of Officers met today and unanimously recommended the new site.

First announced by Governor Cuomo with Vice President Joe Biden in July 2015, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will help secure the nation and region’s leadership in emerging technology research, development, and manufacturing. Optics, photonics and imaging is one of the three industry clusters identified in “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative blueprint to grow the economy, create jobs and drive opportunity.

“The selection of ON Semiconductor further cements the Finger Lakes’ position at the forefront of the photonics industry and as a national leader in this emerging, high-growth field,” Governor Cuomo said. “With a long history of spearheading technological innovation, Rochester is delivering on a bold vision to revitalize the regional economy and jumpstart 21st century growth. It’s clear that our strategic investments in next generation industries are paying off – delivering high-paying jobs and driving the Finger Lakes forward.”

In September 2016, Empire State Development hired an independent site selector for the TAP facility to create a more efficient process at a lower cost to taxpayers. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms, conducted a thorough review and evaluation of potential site locations based upon criteria and specifications developed in coordination with the United States Department of Defense and other key stakeholders. This independent process will save taxpayers tremendously, with at least $10 million in savings from original cost estimates pending final negotiations and approvals.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Using an independent, third party site selector allowed for the evaluation of multiple sites in the Greater Rochester region before Eastman Business Park was selected for the TAP facility. The new TAP facility will help secure the Finger Lakes leadership role in emerging technology research, development, and manufacturing and is further proof that the future shines bright for photonics in Rochester.”

The site selection process recommended ON Semiconductor, located in Building 81 at Eastman Business Park, based on its existing infrastructure, including a clean room; regional accessibility; and the fact that it had the highest “quality” score based on factors such as building functionality, operational needs and real estate terms. ON Semiconductor is also likely to meet the required project timing and has the ability to leverage significant existing building and system infrastructure. It is also located at the Eastman Business Park, which is a priority strategic site identified by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. An environmental review will be conducted by Empire State Development and the site is expected to be approved by the Empire State Development Board of Directors at a later date.

Bill Schromm, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ON Semiconductor, said, “With energy efficient semiconductor expertise across a wide range of applications, ON Semiconductor is very familiar with the semiconductor processes and facilities required for manufacturing high performance power conversion, wireless, connected, and imaging solutions. Our Rochester operations at the EBP facility incorporate the design, wafer fabrication, assembly, packaging, and testing of imaging components and we have a unique, on-site infrastructure in place, including process engineers and technicians, cleanroom facilities technicians, maintenance technicians and an HSE specialist, to help support the implementation of the TAP center. Coupling that with existing, available cleanroom space, we believe we offered a strong solution for a fast, efficient and safe enablement the TAP facility. We are honored to be selected as the site where the industry’s expertise and partnerships will come together to drive integrated photonic solutions. We also look forward to identifying additional technical and business areas to collaborate with AIM/Photonics to help grow these emerging technologies locally and attract additional businesses and talent to the area.”

ITAR Reforms Will Be Signed Into Law at Year End

Posted November 29, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: ITAR, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics

From Laser Focus World:

Chuck Schumer

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was active on Munitions Rule Category XII reforms, including lasers, optics and photonics exports.

It’s complicated, has been supported by many in photonics (notably SPIE and OSA), has major implications for U.S. makers of products such as high-power fiber lasers and focal plane arrays, and becomes law on December 31, 2016. Here are some thoughts and resources for piecing together how the rules have change in Category XII (Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Kevin Wolf, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, has been overseeing the reform process and spoke to a large audience at the OSA Laser Congress in Boston last week. He said the new regulations were the result of 2 years of public comment, resolve 20 years of policy dispute, and are now in the refinement stage.

He added, “The process for reviewing [international sales of] commercial items is now far easier and it opens potentially new markets for U.S. products.” He also said the new regulations eliminate significant uncertainty that standard commercial photonics products could be “sucked into ITAR.” Many less-sensitive military items and commercial spacecraft items may now be regulated under Export Administration Regulations for control of commercial products.

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WorldLeaders Annual CEO Conference – December 6, 7:30am – noon

Posted November 17, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics



2016 Annual Meeting Follow-up

Posted November 7, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: AIM Photonics, Economic Development, New York Photonics, New York Photonics Annual Meeting, NYPhotonics

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Thank you, friends in photonics, for supporting the New York Photonics Annual Meeting and our economic development agenda.

A special thank-you to our sponsors, without whom we would not be in a position to advocate for the region’s optics, photonics & imaging industry.

We hope that you enjoyed hearing from Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, senator Chuck Schumer and congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and we hope that you recognize what tremendous advocates we have for our industry in Washington.

To reiterate this year’s priorities from the meeting:

  • Our region has a legacy in optics, photonics and imaging like no place else in America, and we have won numerous opportunities for leveraging our strategic advantages for the future.  At this stage, it is up to the community stakeholders – the region’s economic development partners and the industry – to make that happen.  The New York Photonics ecosystem is robust and prime for further development.
  • We are advocates – and we hope that we can count on your support – for the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s capital campaign, Gateway Project, and Strasenburgh Planetarium upgrades.  We see the RMSC as the point where all vectors intersect: education, tourism, economic development, and the arts.  We envision the RMSC campus as an international center for light, astronomy, multimedia and education, and we feel that this proect deserves the support of the Finger Lakes Regional Council and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, Finger Lakes Forward.
  • Also as part of Finger Lakes Forward, we continue to advocate for the Finger Lakes Regional Center for Optics Manufacturing, a national center for manufacturing innovation and problem solving for America’s optics, photonics & imaging industry and national security.  We cannot imagine another effort that will more effectively leverage our strategic advantages in optics, photonics and imaging.  You will be hearing more about this center in the future.

The Demo

People seemed to enjoy the demonstration of state-of-the-art planetarium projection technology!  Some clarification is needed, however.

The system that we experienced on the 27th was a demonstration of what is possible.  What we saw was a 4K projection system, meaning that we experienced 4,000 pixels from horizon to horizon through the zenith of the dome.  This is the entry level for what we would like to see in the Strasenburgh Planetarium, including filling the central pit, expanded seating, and a new projection surface for the dome.

We see it as the beginning of new possibilities for Rochester’s planetarium in addition to the brilliant astronomy that will already enjoy, only in HD – including multimedia events and new kinds of full-dome programming – all of course, accelerated by integrated photonics!

Handouts, or are they E-outs?

For more about planetarium full dome possibilities, click here.

For those of you who requested the presentations from the Planetarium portion of the meeting, you can find them here.  For the animations to work from my presentation you will need to download it.  We are unable to share Ed White’s AIM Photonics presentation for security reasons.

Photographs from the event can be found here.  You may find yourself somewhere in these shots!

News about the awards is here.

Thank you again for joining us on the 27th and thank you for your continued support!