[We’re taking a closer look at today’s imaging tech.]
Optics | Photonics | Imaging

This track is what Light & Sound Interactive is all about. Technologies and investments are growing fast in Rochester and around the world. For more than a century, lenses, photography, lasers and light have been changing the way we see the world. Today, these technologies are combining with digital to create possibilities never imagined just a decade ago.  The future is wide open, and the people driving it will be here speaking, collaborating and demonstrating what’s next.


Topics Include:

  • Integrated Photonics Sensors
  • Freeform Optics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies

Track Leader:

Terry Clas, Business Development Executive, AIM Photonics
NY State Division of Science, Technology & Innovation

Who's Speaking?
Optics | Photonics | Imaging

Terry Clas

[NY State Division of Science, Technology & Innovation]

David R. Williams, Ph.D.

[University of Rochester]

Edward White

[SUNY Polytechnic Institute]

Michael Liehr

[SUNY Polytechnic Institute]

Thomas Koch

[AIM Photonics Technical Review Board]

Benjamin L. Miller

[Adarza BioSystems, Inc.]

Zach Hobbs

[Sydor Optics, Inc.]

Brian Olmsted, Ph.D.


Kevin McComber

[Spark Photonics]

Jon Thies

[SkyOp LLC]

Robert Parada

[Syntec Optics]
Track Schedule
[Hear inspiring talks in an intimate setting with the best minds in the field.]
Sibley Square

Wednesday, June 26

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
AIM Photonics: Meeting of the Photonics Evolution in the 21st Century
Michael Liehr, CEO, AIM Photonics Institute: Michael Liehr is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics. Michael focuses on the creation of new AIM business opportunities, and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of AIM’s programs including SUNY Poly’s strategic 300mm integrated photonic semiconductor and 3D packaging.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Topic: TBD
Tom Koch, AIM Photonics and Dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona: We look forward to having you join us.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Topic: TBD
Ben Miller, PhD, University of Rochester: We look forward to having you join us.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
AIM Photonics Test Assembly and Packaging Facility (TAP)
Ed White, AIM Photonics - Test, Assembly & Packaging: This talk will be an update of the status and capabilities of the AIM TAP Facility located in Rochester New York.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
AIM Photonics Academy and Spark Photonics
Kevin McComber, CEO, Spark Photonics: AIM Photonics Academy is the education, workforce development, and roadmap interface for AIM Photonics, and the Academy has recently spun out a photonic circuit design services firm called Spark Photonics to serve the AIM community. This talk will give an introduction to both AIM Photonics Academy and Spark Photonics, and will provide highlights of ongoing initiatives.

Thursday, June 27

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Small Quantum Cascade Lasers. Big Results
Brian L. Olmsted, Ph.D. Chief Scientist, LaserMaxDefense (LMD): Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are a new type of laser that can be made to emit in the thermal infrared or terahertz portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. When properly designed and packaged, QCLs can be used in the field for applications such as environmental monitoring, remote sensing, and other defense applications. LaserMaxDefense (LMD) has pioneered the development of quantum cascade lasers over the past 15 years. This presentation will touch on the company’s capabilities in hardening and miniaturizing QCL-based technology, and other related technologies.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Introduction to Modern Optics Manufacturing at Syntec Technologies
Robert Parada, President, Syntec Optics: Encompassing both Syntec Optics and Wordingham Technologies, Syntec Technologies is one of the largest private custom optics and photonics manufacturers in the United States. The company has honed its core manufacturing capabilities in polymer optics and precision optomechanics over several decades, and has extended these proficiencies into cutting edge areas that include freeform optics, electro-optical assemblies, and off-chip photonics. This manufacturing expertise benefits modern applications such as night vision systems, AR/VR platforms, surgical instrumentation, and biomedical photonics solutions. This talk will provide an overview of Syntec Technologies and provide highlights of ongoing initiatives.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
About Sydor Optics, Inc.
Zach Hobbs, Sydor Optics: Since 1964, Sydor Optics has built a worldwide reputation in the field of precision flat-surfaced optics combining traditional craftsmanship with gutsy innovation. Using state-of-the-art technologies and disciplined production, quality and inspection methods, Sydor Optics offers custom, precision optics from prototypes to high volume production. Our staff has successfully assimilated old world optical craftsmanship with modern state-of-the art CNC controlled polishing equipment. With a 40,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Rochester, NY, Sydor has over 40 state-of-the-art doublesided polishing machines, the largest collection in North America. Double sided lapping and polishing is very effective in achieving excellent transmitted wavefront, parallelism, and very smooth surfaces in a relatively stress-free environment that induces minimal thermal distortion. In house CNC glass machining, laser machining and marking, and conventional single sided pad and pitch polishing processes support and complement our core double-sided capabilities. Our machines support production of wafers, windows, filters, mirrors, optical flats, wedges, light pipes and plate beam splitters for use in high-performance laser and imaging systems from UV to IR. With a team commitment to excellence, Sydor Optics always goes “beyond the optic”!
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: AKA, the Drone
Jon Thies, SkyOp: The SkyOp ‘Drone Primer’ gives attendees an overview of what a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) aka drone is, the requirements for operating a drone commercially in the United States, and information on how drone use can benefit an organization.

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Track Venue

Sibley Square, 2nd Floor