Thursday, September 4, 2014
3:30PM – 6:30PM
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Registration begins at 3:00PM
Opening remarks by
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
Representative New York’s 25th District
Speakers and Panelists
- Kevin Füchsel, Head of Department Strategy – Marketing – Coordination, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering
- Steve Anderson, Industry and Market Strategist for SPIE; former Editor-In-Chief, Laser Focus World
- Susan Christopherson, Professor and Department Chair, Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning
- Paul Ballentine, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences University of Rochester
Panel moderator: Ryne Rafaelle, PhD, Vice President for Research & Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology
America’s Optics, Photonics, Imaging Innovation Culture:
Is a National Institute in New York’s Future?
The National Academies report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation; the National Photonics Initiative. The Obama administration and the Department of Defense are looking to establish national manufacturing institutes for technologies that are key to America’s future. Successful global Optics and Photonics manufacturing institutes such as Fraunhofer in Germany have existed for years. Can New York help America catch up?
Panel Discussion: Innovation and Commercialization Institutes. Do they work? Is a U.S. institute in Optics and Photonics important to national security? Is it important to New York?
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