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Syntec Optics Solves Pioneering Challenge to Achieve 10x Growth

September 1, 2017

New renaissance framework can be used by any organization, in any field, to sustain high growth

The pioneering challenge is that it is hard to build an organization that can do both: incrementally innovate existing offerings you have now, and pioneer transformational offerings for the future. The more extreme the difference between those two creativities, the more difficult it is and you can even fail.

The Syntec Optics team has overcome the pioneering challenge. With help from its founder Al Kapoor, Syntec Optics pioneered transformational products in the defense and medical fields and now continues to provide incremental innovation to these products. Syntec Optics has built on their success and is pioneering products again for newly emerging transformational fields of the future like driverless cars, 3D printing, virtual reality, DNA editing, smart sensors, artificial intelligence and much more.

“Al has provided a renaissance framework that allows us to see the opposing demands more clearly. The framework is uniquely grounded in the fundamentals of social change, psychology, and neuroscience. It provides the ability to generate high growth,” said Syntec President Steven Polvinen.

For everyone to benefit from this framework, Al Kapoor has launched a new beta website to follow trends and resources in fields that are headed to exponentially changing our lives. He is also releasing a new book The Pioneering Challenge. The book will be available for sale across the US in early 2018.

Catherine Whitney, who wrote the recent national bestseller with Fox News anchor Bret Baiertitled Three Days in January, is developing the manuscript with Al for The Pioneering Challenge.  Whitney said, “Al provides a new framework for everyone to understand change in society and how different human traits can be cultivated to advantageously position yourself for incremental and transformational change. The new concept of Pioneering Quotient or PQ to measure our ability to pioneer is intriguing.”

Every five to ten years an exceptional way of seeing reality emerges. “If you enjoyed the classic reads The Innovator’s Dilemma written by Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen in 1997, Good to Great by Jim Collins in 2001, and Outliers written by New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell in 2008, you must read The Pioneering Challenge,” said Patrick Sweeney Internet entrepreneur, Olympic athlete, and Adventure film-producer.

Syntec Optics has grown to become a top ten US optics manufacturer and supplier. To learn more, sign up at or call Sara Hart at Syntec Optics at (585) 464-9336, x101.

JML Optical Debuts New Optical Machining Center By OptiPro

October 7, 2016


JML Optical recently invested in new equipment from OptiPro (Ontario, Wayne County, NY) an eSX 300 for grinding, a UFF 300 for polishing, an OptiTrace 5000 surface profilometer for metrology, and PROSurf freeform CAM software for making deterministic corrections. By utilizing OptiPro’s leading edge technology, JML will be able to produce cylinder optics with optimal efficiency.

“This operational expansion is a result of our recognition of an underserved customer base within the engineered optical cylinder marketplace,” noted JML CEO Bob Bicksler.  “We believe this is a game changer for our customers and for JML.  We are excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow our business and add more local jobs in the process.”


“OptiPro is proud to be the technology provider for JML Optical’s new rapid cylinder manufacturing cell.” Said Mike Bechtold, CEO Optimax.


Optimax expects to grow its workforce in 2015

January 18, 2015

Optimax LogoIncreased sales in 2014 has Optimax Systems Inc. looking to hire in the new year.

While increasing the size of its Ontario, NY facility to 60,000 square feet over the last several years,  the company has also steadily increased the size of its workforce. That trend will continue in 2015 as Optimax looks to hire  about 30 new employees, bringing the total to 250 by year’s end.

More technicians and engineers are needed to fill increased sales orders. In 2014, Optimax had a 25 percent increase in sales bookings over the previous year.

Optimax is one of America’s largest optics prototype manufacturers, while also specializing in thin-film optical coatings and high-precision optical and mechanical metrology.



American Apprenticeship Grant competition

December 12, 2014

$100 Million.

This is the largest single federal investment in apprenticeship ever in the U.S.

Its aim is to transform our workforce for the 21st century.

Through this grant, the Department of Labor will expand apprenticeships from the traditional skilled trades to new high-tech, high-demand industries like healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing, and others. These grants will help programs that create career pathways and align with post-secondary education – so apprenticeships are never an either/or proposition between starting out on an exciting career path and getting an education. And the grants will encourage strong public-private partnerships to ensure these apprenticeships are sustainable for the long run.

Optics Community Mourns the Passing of Robert Novak

December 10, 2014

Conesus Lake: December 6, 2014 at age 67 after a long battle with COPD and Emphysema. Predeceased by parents Rudy and Irene Novak. Survived by wife Linda (Frear); son Brett (Heather Graning Novak); granddaughter Nadia Clare Novak. Niece & nephew in law Heather & Chad Petersen. Aunts Betty Romanowski and Dolores Kohler. Frear Family, Szczech, Romanowski & Kohler cousins.
Graduate of Aquinas Institute, MCC, University of Arizona, post grad studies at U of R Institute of Optics. Honorary life member Optical Society of America, Member of SPIE, Board Member and former Secretary of Board of American Precision Optics Manufacturing Association. He was a Professor Emeritus at MCC, Chair of Optical Engineering Technology Department from 1975-2008, Chair of MCC Engineering Technology Division, Member of 32nd degree Shrine Unity Lodge #457 Rochester, and past member of the Livonia Board of Education. He was a member of Oak Hill Country Club for 27 years where he played lousy golf. He excelled in his roll of Play-Doh assistant and Barbie Doll dresser for his adored boss Nadia.

Bob was proud of his long association with the optics industry both locally and nationally. He set high standards for the optics program and his students at MCC.

His family would like to extend sincere thanks to the wonderful staff, nurses and doctors at Strong 8-1600. Also love and thanks to all of our family and friends.

As per Bob’s wishes, calling hours and services will not be observed. Memorials may be made to Livonia Ambulance Fund, PO Box 8, Livonia, NY 14487 or

Also, a special request to help the ones you love to stop smoking. Arrangements Kevin W Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Livonia – Honeoye. To send a condolence or for further information please visit Dougherty Funeral Home here.

Monroe Community College Obituary here.

Precision Drives JML Optical

December 7, 2014

It’s been a very exciting time in this industry,” Bob Bicksler, president and CEO of JML Optical, said. “Sophisticated electronics, matched up with software, has resulted in a tremendous transformation.”

JML has undergone a transformation of its own since Bicksler and COO Gregg Sadwick acquired the company from founder Joe Lobozzo three years ago. The company has invested in its 80 employees with training and new equipment to help design, manufacture and ship spherical and flat lenses in sizes ranging from two millimeters to 18 inches in diameter.jml126

Each job gets its own attention to detail. The entire process, cut to polish, depends on the project, said Gary Clark, JML vice president of marketing and business development, in a prepared statement.

“The time it takes to make a precision optical element varies from three to twelve weeks,” Clark said. “The time span is driven by the degree of precision needed, the specific optical glass used, the features of the element and the current work load in manufacturing.”

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Optical Society Announces Awards for 2014

March 28, 2014

20 Recipients of Prestigious OSA Awards for 2014

The winners include: Paul B. Corkum, Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus Quinn Prize;  Shin-Tson Wu, Esther Hoffman Beller Medal; Costas Soukoulis, Max Born Award; Anthony J. Campillo, Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award; Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award; Juan Carlos Minaño, Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize; Wenshan Cai and Vladimir M. Shalaev, Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award; Ching Tang, Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award; Robert P. Breault, Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award; Mathias Fink, Edwin H. Land Medal; Mario Garavaglia, Sang Soo Lee Award;  Adam Kozma, Emmett N. Leith Medal; Andrei Tokmakoff, Ellis R. Lippincott Award; Alexander Szameit, Adolph Lomb Medal; François Biraben, William F. Meggers Award; Jannick P. Rolland, David Richardson Medal; Suzanne P. McKee, Edgar D. Tillyer Award; Masataka Nakazawa, Charles H. Townes Award; and Michael Bass, R.W. Wood Prize. These award winners—hailing from seven different countries—join an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their sustained excellence in the field of optics.

“This year’s awardees have made incredible contributions to optics and photonics in everything from attosecond science to photonic crystals,” said OSA President Philip Bucksbaum. “They represent the very best and brightest in the field and OSA is proud to recognize these individuals for their unwavering commitment, innovation and leadership.”

Although the criterion for each award differs, the rigorous selection process is the same. A nomination form is submitted with a brief citation summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments with a particular emphasis on those that make him or her a candidate for the award, a one-page narrative on the most significant events in the candidate’s career, curriculum vitae and four letters of reference for the candidate. The OSA Board of Directors appoints a committee to oversee each award or medal selection process. The committee is responsible for the evaluation of each nominee and the selection of the individual or group that is most deserving of the award. Finally, the committee’s selection is presented to the OSA Awards Committee and Board of Directors for their review and final approval.

This year’s OSA Award winners are as follows:

Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus Quinn Prize
Recipient: Paul B. Corkum, University of Ottawa and National Research Council, Canada
The Frederic Ives Medal is the highest award conferred by OSA for overall distinction in optics. This award is being presented to Paul B. Corkum for outstanding contributions to the foundation of the fields of attosecond science, high-harmonic spectroscopy and molecular optics.

Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
Recipient: Shin-Tson Wu, University of Central Florida, USA
The Esther Hoffman Beller Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to optical science and engineering education. This year Shin-Tson Wu is being recognized for his broad and significant impact to academia and industry in photonics education through mentoring, textbooks, publications, seminars and onsite training courses.

Max Born Award
Recipient: Costas Soukoulis, Iowa State University, USA
The Max Born Award recognizes contributions to physical optics. Costas Soukoulis is being recognized for his creative and outstanding theoretical and experimental research in the fields of photonic crystals and left-handed metamaterials and for novel applications of these materials to manipulate electromagnetic radiation.

Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: Anthony J. Campillo, The Optical Society, USA
The Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who, over an extended period of time, have served OSA in an outstanding way, especially through volunteer participation in its management, operation or planning in such ways as editorship of a periodical, organization of meetings, or other service to the society. Anthony J. Campillo is being recognized for sustained leadership, vision and outstanding dedication to the quality and impact of OSA publications.

Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award
Recipient: Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice University, USA
The Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award recognizes individuals for their innovative and influential contributions to the field of biophotonics, regardless of their career stage. Rebecca Richards-Kortum is being recognized for exceptional contributions to advancing the applications of optics in disease diagnosis and inspiring work in disseminating low-cost health technologies to the developing world.

Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
Recipient: Juan Carlos Miñano, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
The Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize recognizes significant research accomplishments in the field of optical engineering. The award is presented to Juan Carlos Miñano for the discovery of exceptional new design methods and devices in both nonimaging and imaging optics over more than three decades, with special emphasis in freeform surface design.

Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
Recipients: Wenshan Cai, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University, USA
The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award recognizes a recent and outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry. Wenshan Cai and Vladimir M. Shalaev are being recognized for their book Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications (Springer, 2010).

Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award
Recipient: Ching Tang, University of Rochester, USA
The Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award is given for contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications. This year, Ching Tang is being recognized for his discovery of efficient thin-film organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which has led to novel display and lighting products.

Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award
Recipient: Robert P. Breault, Breault Research Organization, Inc., USA
The Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group of optics professionals who has made a significant impact on the field of optics and/or made a significant contribution to society. Robert P. Breault is receiving this award for pioneering leadership in the formation of global optics industry clusters.

Edwin H. Land Medal
Recipient: Mathias Fink, École Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielle de Paris, France
The Edwin H. Land Medal recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies and products and is co-sponsored with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Mathias Fink is being presented this award for seminal investigations of time reversal of ultra-sonic waves with applications to imaging and therapy

Sang Soo Lee Award
Recipient: Mario Garavaglia, Centro de Investigaciones Opticas, Argentina
OSA’s newest award, the Sang Soo Lee Award recognizes outstanding leadership in founding or growing the optics and photonics community locally. Mario Garavaglia is the inaugural winner of this award and is being recognized for his key role in the development of optics and photonics research and education in Argentina.

Emmett N. Leith Medal
Recipient: Adam Kozma, (1928-2014), USA
The Emmett N. Leith Medal recognizes seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing. Adam Kozma is being recognized posthumously for seminal contributions to optical information processing of radar data and holographic memories.

Ellis R. Lippincott Award
Recipient: Andrei Tokmakoff, University of Chicago, USA
The Ellis R. Lippincott Award is given for contributions to vibrational spectroscopy and is co-sponsored with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Andrei Tokmakoff is receiving the award for innovations in two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy and its application to molecular structure and dynamics, especially in complex aqueous and biomolecular systems.

Adolph Lomb Medal
Recipient: Alexander Szameit, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
The Adolph Lomb Medal recognizes noteworthy contributions made to optics before reaching the age of 35. Alexander Szameit is being honored for groundbreaking contributions to linear and nonlinear light evolution in photonic lattices, and photonic simulations of quantum, solid state and relativistic phenomena.

William F. Meggers Award
Recipient: François Biraben, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France
The William F. Meggers Award recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy. François Biraben is being recognized for outstanding achievements in high resolution atomic spectroscopy and metrology of fundamental constants, leading to far-reaching tests of quantum electrodynamics.

David Richardson Medal
Recipient: Jannick P. Rolland, University of Rochester, USA
The David Richardson Medal is given for significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector. Jannick P. Rolland is being recognized for visionary contributions and leadership in optical design and engineering, enabling noninvasive, optical biopsy.

Edgar D. Tillyer Award
Recipient: Suzanne P. McKee, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, USA
The Edgar D. Tillyer Award recognizes a person who has performed distinguished work in the field of vision, including, but not limited to, the optics, physiology, anatomy or psychology of the visual system. Suzanne P. McKee is being recognized for contributions to fundamental understanding of visual motion and of normal and abnormal human stereo vision, revealing the limits and character of brain mechanisms responsible for the perception of depth.

Charles H. Townes Award
Recipient: Masataka Nakazawa, Tohoku University, Japan
The Charles Hard Townes Award is given for contributions to quantum electronics. Masataka Nakazawa is receiving the award for seminal contributions to the science and applications of ultrafast optics and ultrastable narrow-linewidth lasers.

R.W. Wood Prize
Recipient: Michael Bass, University of Central Florida, USA
The R. W. Wood Prize is given for an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention. Michael Bass has received this recognition for the discovery of optical rectification, which led to the development of very wide band terahertz wave sources.

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