Mayor Lovely Warren and Optics Industry Panel to Discuss Emerging Photonics Opportunities at Annual Meeting

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Speakers will explore potential impact of AIM Photonics institute on Rochester community

RRPC Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
New York, and particularly the Rochester region, have long enjoyed a strategic regional advantage in optics, photonics and imaging (OPI).

Hundreds of business and technology leaders will meet next week to explore the implications of the recently announced American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Integrated Photonics to Rochester.

The funding, interest and technological promise of integrated photonics have the potential to transform our community. New York, and particularly the Rochester region, have long enjoyed a strategic regional advantage in optics, photonics and imaging (OPI). A nationally recognized panel will discuss how we can sustain and grow this advantage through innovation, competition and a well-trained workforce.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren
  • Alan Willner, professor of engineering at USC, president elect of the Optical Society of America and co-chair of the National Photonics Initiative
  • Steve Anderson, industry and market strategist for SPIE
  • Tom Hauskens, senior engineering and applications advisor for the Optical Society of America
  • Rob Clark, senior vice president for research and dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University of Rochester

“Rochester is the natural choice for the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, and this meeting will help to marshal our combined innovation to maximize its impact,” said Tom Battley, executive director for New York Photonics.

The New York Photonics Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, Sept.17 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Tickets are available online. The Annual Meeting is sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC, RG&E, NYSEG, Optimax and others, though sponsorship opportunities are still available.

About New York Photonics/RRPC
New York Photonics and the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC) (http://www.newyorkphotonics.org) is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State photonics, optics and imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government. Its members represent the top optics and imaging companies in the world. Its partnerships, alliances, and ongoing innovation bring international opportunities to Rochester.

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