In This Issue

  • Annual Meeting
  • Seed Capital and University Research
  • Selling to the DoD
  • New Product Announcements
  • Conferences
  • Western NY Golf Tournament
  • Institute of Optics Summer School
  • Intellectual Property

47th Annual Summer School Program

University of Rochester Announces This Year's Line-up

The Annual two-week series of short courses are a mainstay of the regional optics community and attract attendees from across the country. This year’s offering will be a mix of a one-week course and two-and-a-half-day courses.

Topics will include:



8th Annual Golf Tourney

Spread the word! The 8th annual WNY Photonics Golf Tournament will be held on July 17th at Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines Golf Clubs in Penfield NY.

Last year's event raised $14,500 for a total thusfar of $43K to benefit the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong.

The participation from WNY photonics companies, their suppliers and and friends, as well as companies from as far away as Opto Sigma in California made the event another rousing success. Ron and Diane Schulmerich are looking for volunteer committee members to help organize this year's event. The organization of the tourney has become more challenging each year with the increasing participation. They are in of a need of a little help from their friends!! We also want to get an early start on soliciting larger corporate sponsors this year.

Contact them at wnyoptics@rochester.rr.com or
585-663-7230 if you are interested in volunteering for the Optics Industry's largest networking event of the year.


Events and Conferences




APOMA Workshop in November, 2008

The APOMA board has approved a 2 day workshop to be held in Tucson, AZ this November 17th & 18th at the new Optical Science building at the University of Arizona. The workshop will cover a variety of topics on optical fabrication such as Scratch Dig, diamonds, testing, optical tolerances, pitch and polishing pads, presentations by optical machine builders on the latest equipment, and much more.

According to Jim Sydor, current APOMA President, "The goal is to run the workshop in different parts of the country every other year so as not conflict with OPTIFAB. Once the agenda is finalized we will post it on the APOMA website."


Seventh Annual Nanobusiness Alliance Conference
4 - 6 May, 2008
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, New York

CLEO / QELS / PhAST 2008
4 - 9 May, 2008
San Jose, California

Smart Start Venture Forum
13 - 14 May, 2008
Rochester, New York

Official Launch
Ontario Photonics Industry Network
15 May, 2008 - 2:00PM - 8:30PM
Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Photonics North
2 -4 June, 2008
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

5 June, 2008
Executive Symposium on Photonics Commercialization
Canadian Photonics Fabircation Centre

Circa '08
"Convergence of International Research & Commercialization in Albany"
10 -21, May 2008
Gideon Putnam Hotel
Saratoga Springs, New York

MSTI Nanotech 2008
1 - 5 June, 2008
Boston, Hynes Convention Center
1 - 5 June 2008

MD&M East
2 - 5 June, 2008
Jacob K. Javits Center
New York, New York

Optatec 2008
17 - 20 June, 2008
Frankfurt, Germany

OSA Annual Frontiers in Optics 2008
19 - 23 October, 2008
Rochester, NY
Riverside Convention Center

11 - 14 May, 2009
Early Bird Contract, due February 15

Rochester, NY


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