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Sydor Optics Announces Mike Ognenovski As New President

February 16, 2017

Mike Ognenovski has been named President of Sydor Optics, an OEM manufacturer of high precision, custom plano optics. As President, Ognenovski will have responsibility for overseeing operations, sales and marketing and will report directly to Jim Sydor who is now Chairman.

mike_oMike was former Vice President of Operations for Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment and joined Harris Corporation as part of the acquisition of Exelis where he was Vice President of Operations at Geospacial Systems. Mike’s previous experiences also include Director of Operations for the ITT Space Systems Division and Director of Worldwide Operations, for Optical Products at Eastman Kodak Company. Ognenovski holds a bachelor of science degree in finance and management from RIT and has completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

“The senior leadership team and I spent much of 2016 evaluating potential candidates knowing that the individual we selected would help lead Sydor Optics into the future,” said Jim Sydor, Chairman. “I could not be happier about the decision to hire Mike as he brings a great deal of experience to our company that aligns itself perfectly with our company’s core values: Optimism, Dedication, Happiness, Fairness, Respect and Teamwork.”

Ognenovski joined the Sydor team on the exhibition floor at SPIE Photonics West earlier this month.

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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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

Cornell President and Commission Ignore Optics

February 23, 2010

In an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from the Gannett Albany bureau, Cara Matthews reports that Cornell University President David Skorton spoke to lawmakers about the importance of investing in key high technology “sunrise” industries.

The entire world sees New York State, and Rochester, as one of maybe two or three global centers for Optics, Photonics and Imaging dominance. Across the globe, countries are investing billions to compete with us. We contacted President Skorton concerning the governor’s omission of Optics and Photonics from the original task force mission, and we were assured the Optics and Photonics would be included in the recommendations because Wendell Weeks, Corning’s CEO, was part of the commission. Yet Optics, Photonics and Imaging were not identified as critical investment areas in the final report. We can only assume that the outcome of the report was predetermined, or that little real research into New York high technology industries was actually undertaken.

This is a sharp stick in the eye for Rochester, and for the hundreds of Optics, Photonics and Imaging companies that are hiring across the state even as the report was released.

What does it take for a group of elite university presidents and high ranking corporate pols to recognize within their midst an industry that is apparent to economic development and high technology communities around the world?

See the article here.