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Rochester Museum and Science Center
3:00 - 5:30PM
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 

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Thomas Battley
RRPC / New York Photonics

The 2015
New York Photonics Annual Meeting

This event is sold out.

Thank you to our sponsors and to the entire Finger Lakes Regional community for your enthusiastic support. 

There are a limited number of tickets available for the reception in the Strasenburgh Planetarium following the meeting.  Once these are sold we will be at the legal limit of the facility.  Thank you for your understanding.

To register for the RECEPTION ONLY click here.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Annual Meeting and Panel: 3:30PM - 5:30PM
View RMSC Permanent Optics Exhibit: 5:30PM - 6:00PM 
Reception in Strasenburgh Planetarium: 6:30PM - 8:00PM 

Rochester Museum & Science Center
Registration begins at 3:00PM

Welcome by
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

Opening remarks by Alan Willner,
Steven & Kathryn Sample Chaired Professor of Engineering, USC
President-elect, Optical Society of America
Co-Chair, The National Photonics Initiative 

Speakers and Panelists

  • Steve Anderson, Industry and Market Strategist for SPIE; former Editor-In-Chief, Laser Focus World 
  • Tom Hauskens, Senior Engineering and Applications Advisor, Optical Society of America
  • Rob Clark, Senior Vice President for Research, Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Panel moderator: Ryne Rafaelle, PhD, Vice President for Research & Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

AIM Photonics has been announced with much fanfare.  But what is integrated photonics and how will its cross-cutting potential affect industry? How will it change our lives?
The National Academies report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation; the National Photonics Initiative.  AIM Photonics.  The Obama administration and the Department of Defense have established a national manufacturing institute for integrated photonics headquartered in Rochester and led by New York State technology leaders and their colleagues across the nation.

Panel Discussion: What is Integrated Photonics?  Why is a U.S. institute Integrated Photonics Manufacturing and Innovation important to national security?  Why it important to New York? How will it change our lives?

Audience:    RRPC members, CEO’s and management;  economic development stakeholders; high technology entrepreneurs and service professionals; investment professionals, CPA’s, attorneys, 
economic & workforce development professionals.

3:00 – 3:30    Sign-in
3:30 – 4:00    Introductory remarks
4:00 – 5:30    Panel Discussion and audience interaction
5:30 – 6:30    Networking / refreshments

For background on the National Photonics Initative follow this link.

For background on the groundbreaking report follow this link.

Conservative estimates for our industry start at $500 billion in revenues globally and 1.5 million jobs in the U.S. directly related to or enabled by optics and photonics technologies. This includes numerous applications of lasers, computer chips, solar-energy panels, sensors, displays, and other technologies, in manufacturing, medicine, defense and security systems, lighting, bridge and highway structural analysis, and much more.

The technologies impact our lives in:

  • Communications, information processing and data storage
  • Consumer products
  • Defense and national security
  • Energy
  • Health and medicine
  • Nanotechnology
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced photonic measurements and applications
  • Strategic materials for optics
  • Displays