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National Photonics Initiative and NYPhotonics On The Hill For Congressional Visits

April 15, 2016

This week we were in DC for Congressional Visits Day and STEM on The Hill, combining forces with our colleagues at OSA and SPIE and ASTRA to educate and inform our delegation about the importance of Optics, Photonics and Imaging to our national security and to the economy.  Our work impacts American lives in so many areas: health care, defense, security and consumer products just to name a few, that it is important to identify, emphasize and support legislation that is important to our membership.

The Optical Society of America (OSA) and International Society For Photonics (SPIE) have really stepped up their lobbying game with the National Photonics Initiative, and their hard work makes our work on The Hill so much easier.

Acknowledgement is due to OSA President, Elizabeth Rogan and SPIE President, Eugene Arthurs for their leadership, and to OSA staff Laura Kolton and Brandy Dillingham and SPIE staff Krisinda Plenkovich and Jennifer Dsouris.  Without their hard work and leadership the NPI would not exist and there would have been no Photonics NMI opportunity that resulted in AIM Photonics, focused upon the development of integrated photonics.  This is important to keep in mind with so many people taking bows.  If you see any of these folks at events and conferences around the world, thank them for their good work.

This week we were fortunate to be joined by two PhD candidates, Jacob Wirth from RIT and Fabrizio Bucccheri, from UR, whose concise descriptions of their work, its relevance to national security, and the importance of U.S. investment in fundamental research that made it possible brought home our R&D message when talking to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Congressman Christopher Smith, Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Corey Booker, Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Senator Chuck Schumer.

Fabrizio’s and Jacob’s participation in this week’s events were made possible by student travel grants from OSA.  What a great opportunity for these students.  An interesting note: Jacob’s research colleague at Naval Research Labs was a prior student participant in Congressional Visits Day.

For a look at this week’s talking points during our congressional visits, click here: 2016 NPI Talking Points

 

In Rochester Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office. Left to right: AIM Photonics Executive, Ed White; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY25); UR PhD candidate, Fabrizio Buccheri; RIT PhD candidate, Jacob Wirth; New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley

In Rochester Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office. Left to right: AIM Photonics Executive, Ed White; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY25); UR PhD candidate, Fabrizio Buccheri; RIT PhD candidate, Jacob Wirth; New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley

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In Senator Chuck Schumer’s office, Left to right: New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley; University of Rochester PhD candidate, Fabrizio Buccheri; US Senator, Chuck Schumer (New York); RIT PhD candidate, Jacob Wirth; AIM Photonics Executive, Ed White; retired Corning researcher, Richard Vodhanel PhD.

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

Manufacturing Day Bells Rang in New York

October 4, 2014

Big day of news for our industry yesterday, Manufacturing Day in America!

First,

At an event to celebrate Manufacturing Day at New York Photonics member EMF Corporation in Ithaca, New York with their Congressman from New York’s 23rd district (which includes Corning), Tom Reed, and OSA CEO Liz Rogan.

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R to L: Liz Rogan, CEO of the Optical Society of America, Congressman Tom Reed, NY 23rd District, Paul Schulz, President EMF Corporation, Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics

Congressman Reed deserved the wonderful welcome he got at EMF.  Reed and Joe Kennedy, (D, MA) cosponsored the Reinvest in American Manufacturing & Innovation (RAMI) Bill that passed the House on September 15th.  The bipartisan bill, supported by president Obama is also in the Senate (S. 1468) under the sponsorship of Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), has the potential to create another few Manufacturing Institutes as part of the president’s National Network of Manufacturing & Innovation.

Reed deserves to be recognized for his leadership, for his independent initiative, and last but certainly not least and especially significant for his constituents in the 23rd, his championing of manufacturing and manufacturing jobs.  His critics can say what they will but this guy supports manufacturing.  His questions at EMF showed insight into manufacturer’s problems, from workforce development and schools, to tax credits and rare earths.

Thank you, Congressman Reed for your efforts on the behalf of Manufacturers in New York and across the nation.

Second,

While we were headed to Ithaca we heard about the forthcoming announcement that afternoon from the Department of Defense (well, actually from President Obama, celebrating Manufacturing himself in Princeton, Indiana) of $200M in funding for a National Manufacturing Institute in Photonics.

This announcement is the result of so much work by so many people that it is difficult to appreciate unless you have been part of the effort. Connect the dots:

These have also been the subjects, sequentially (in case you haven’t noticed), of the last four New York Photonics annual meetings.

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Jay Eastman with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter at the New York Photonics Annual Meeting

At her press conference in Rochester to announce the upcoming competition (with a great deal of collaboration, we hope) for a
National Institute of Photonics, Congresswoman Slaughter said,

Rochester is the world capital of optics and photonics, and that’s why I’ve been fighting like heck for over two years to get this investment”

“What the world wants most in optics and photonics is already being developed right here in Rochester. We’ve got the manufacturing facilities, the research institutions, the highly-skilled workforce, and now we have the public-private investment opportunity that we need to get this industry to the next level. This manufacturing institute will have a transformative impact on our local economy that will help support the thousands of jobs we already have in this industry, and potentially bring many more to Rochester. Our region has been leading the world in optics and photonics for decades, which is why we’re going to pursue this competition aggressively.”

National Manufacturing Day was a great day for Western New York and for the nation’s optics, photonics & imaging industry.  A lot of people, to many to list here, deserve credit for their hard work.

Rochester region aims to boost economy with growing photonics industry

June 15, 2014

Rochester has a leg up on other areas trying to capitalize on the growing photonics industry.

“Rochester has been, since 1853, since the founding of Bausch + Lomb, the center of the optics industry in the United States,” said Paul Ballentine, deputy director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester. “We don’t want to say we are trying to get on the map, that would be a grave injustice to the community.”

In the area, photonics and related fields such as optics and imagining account for about 17,000 jobs at more than 75 companies. Statewide, the industry supports more than 25,000 jobs at 300 companies across New York state. The global market is about $500 billion with the Finger Lakes region accounting for about 1 percent of that market.

The optics industry is “morphing into something more broad called photonics,” Ballentine said.

“We have to continue to evolve and get more into opto-electronics and things like that. That is where we have a very concerted effort.”

– Paul Ballentine, Deputy Director, U of R Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences

The effort is tied to President Barack Obama’s plan to rebuild manufacturing in the United States. Rochester has competed in three programs so far and has been among the winners in each — receiving millions of dollars in grants and recognition that will likely deliver even more funding and support to the photonics industry. Rochester will be in the running for a fourth and possibly most significant program — the creation of a National Institute for Manufacturing Education devoted to optics and photonics.

“We’re batting a thousand here,” Ballentine said.

Thomas Battley, executive director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC) said the optics and photonics industries in the area are in a transition period, shifting away from giant manufacturing firms like Eastman Kodak Co., Xerox Corp. and Bausch + Lomb Inc.

The local industry now consists of smaller companies that don’t have the same resources or staffing to do the needed research and development. That’s why it’s important to attract government funding and land new companies to develop the industry, experts say.

“How do we get the nation to recognize that Rochester is not some place that big companies all left, and see it as a place where they ought to make investments and grow?” Battley said. “That’s the gold ring right there. That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”

For more, go to:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2014/06/13/rochester-tries-grow-photonics-industry/10344441/

Slaughter Advocates for Optics & Photonics Industry Institute with President Obama

March 21, 2014

Thursday March 20, 2014

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (Representative New York’s 25th District) sent a letter to President Obama today strongly endorsing the concept of a national manufacturing institute in Optics and Photonics, and clearly stating her position that Rochester, New York plays a leadership role.  Congresswoman Slaughter Optics letter 03 20 14

The National Network for Manufacturing and Innovation was announced by president Obama two years ago.  The President proposed building a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), consisting of regional hubs that will accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for making new, globally competitive products.

Concurrent with the President’s announcement was the release of Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies For Our Nation, a report from the National Research Council highlighting the ubiquity of Optics and Photonics technologies in modern life and identifying key challenges for the United States moving forward.  The National Photonics Initiative driven by the report sponsors grew out of the report.

New York Photonics, the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and Congresswoman Slaughter have enthusiastically supported the National Photonics Initiative, making the National Research Council report and the National Photonics Initiative the focus of our Annual Meetings in 2012 and 2013.

A team from Rochester, including RRPC members, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College and other stakeholders across the nation have been involved in planning for the possibility of a manufacturing institute in Optics and Photonics for two years.  The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester hosted an industry charrette, with broad participation from over 150 concerned industry and research representatives from around the country in December, 2012.

Vice President Biden, in Rochester on January 29th to discuss manufacturing initiatives in Monroe Community College, highlighted optics for nearly 30 minutes of his speech.  The next day, in Washington DC, Biden introduced Michael Mandina, President of Optimax System in Rochester to President Obama for conversations about manufacturing and the technical skills gap.

It is expected that President Obama will announce another National Manufacturing Institute within the next six months.

A snapshot of Rochester’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry looks like this:

  • Over 75 OPI Companies, 17,000 employees
  • Over $3B in annual sales
  • 5% – 7% annual employment growth in OPI SME[1]’s < 500 people
  • Monroe Community College Optical System Technology Program, developing technicians for the optics and electro optics workforce
  • Responsible for educating 70% of the Optics PhD’s in the nation
  • 1 in 14 households supported by the industry
  • Home to the nation’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics
  • University of Rochester Institute of Optics
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Imaging Sciences and Microelectronics
  • Bi-Annual Navy SBIR (Small Business Innovation & Research) optics conference
  • OptiFab, the only optical fabrication conference in the U.S.
  • Responsible for generating a vast numbers of the nation’s patents in optics, photonics and imaging technologies.  #1 per capita in patents in the nation.  95% of OPI patent holders still live in Rochester
  • The most robust, sophisticated and highly integrated optics, photonics and imaging supply chain in the nation
  • Top suppliers and builders for machine manufacturing, metrology, nanotechnology, semiconductor, biomedical, consumer electronic, military / defense, laser, research, automotive, mapping, geospatial imaging, entertainment and other OPI products
  • Thorough integration with the nation’s prime and second-tier defense and aerospace contractors

[1] Small and medium-sized enterprises sometimes called SMB’s for small and medium-sized businesses

Rochester Leads The World In Optics

October 20, 2013

Last week Rochester once again demonstrated its importance in the optics and photonics global economy by hosting the SPIE Optifab meeting — North America’s largest exhibition of optical manufacturing and testing equipment and technology.hpsportrait18apr2011highres2.jpg

Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and co-sponsored by the APOMA (American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association), the event’s collaborators included the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC), New York Photonics (NYP), and other local and regional organizations.

Photonics — the science and application of light — is the technology that connects you with friends and family via the internet and your smartphone, enables your doctor to find the exact cells in your body that need treatment, keeps firefighters and soldiers safe, powers sustainable lighting and energy sources, and explores the universe.

And — in places such as Rochester — it creates jobs.

The global optics industry market is estimated at $500 billion, with 1.5 million jobs in the United States directly related to or enabled by optics and photonics technologies.

Rochester — aptly known as the optics, photonics, imaging, and display industry capital of the world — traditionally has been connected with a sizeable share of that. Just last weekend, the University of Rochester had a celebration to recognize the 150 companies started by approximately 115 alumni and faculty from the Institute of Optics.

While still strong, the Rochester OPID industry, like many U.S. tech industries, has been losing market share to countries that are investing more heavily and with more focus.

NYP and SPIE are members of a coalition of scientific and engineering societies leading a National Photonics Initiative (NPI) to help reverse that innovation deficit.

Keeping the momentum going is vital. As Tom Battley, NYP executive director, noted recently, if Rochester loses focus, “the lead we have enjoyed for so many years is ours to lose.”

Stahl is president-elect of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/2013/10/20/rochester-is-a-world-leader-in-optics/3090335/