AmeriCOM Symposium

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Date(s) - 09/27/2018
7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Woodcliff Lodge, Fairport New York


On July 21, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order on assessing and strengthening the manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chain resiliency of the United States.

Join us on September 27th as we discuss what it will take to strengthen and advance America’s optics industry in a climate of increased global competition and decreasing SBIR funding for optics R&D. How resilient is the DoD optical systems supply chain, including critical commodities such as glass and rare earths?
In order attend the morning event, you must be a U.S. citizen.

Your registration for this event is non-transferable. If you wish to include another person at your company you must submit the name for pre-approval. AGAIN: THIS MEETING IS FOR U.S. CITIZENS ONLY.

AmeriCOM Symposium
7:30am Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00am- Noon: Symposium with Speakers
Noon to 1:00pm: Lunch
This Symposium kicks of a full day of events, including our annual golf tournament, a cocktail reception, and Rochester’s annual Photonics Clambake.  Join us for the full day, including golf and the reception and still have time to catch an evening flight.
Hotel blocks have been arranged at Woodcliff.
Government Rate – $106
Business Rate- $159
Phone – 800.365.3065
Mention AmeriCOM or New York Photonics



About AmeriCOM

A healthy manufacturing and defense industrial base and resilient supply chains are essential to the economic strength and national security of the United States. The ability of the United States to maintain readiness, and to surge in response to an emergency, directly relates to the capacity, capabilities, and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains. 

AmeriCOM consortium members focus on specialty materials, precision deterministic manufacturing techniques, innovative designs, optical coatings, high speed metrology and other light-based innovations that directly relate to the capacity, capabilities, and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains.

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Event Keynote Speaker

Adele Ratcliff, Director, Manufacturing Resiliency & Assurance (MRA) & Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment (IBAS), ODASD (MIBP)

Ms. Adele Ratcliff is currently the Director of the Manufacturing Resiliency & Assurance office and the Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment Program (IBAS) within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (ODASD(MIBP)). During her tenure in OSD, she has focused on building strong interagency partnerships to address broad transition of manufacturing issues such as manufacturing readiness and the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise.

Her current position uses the broad authorities of the Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment (IBAS) program element to enable a modern Industrial Base that integrates traditional and emerging sectors to be able to respond at will to National Security Requirements. Most recently, as the Director of the DOD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program, Ms. Ratcliff led the effort in establishing the DOD’s national Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) outlined in the President’s 2013 State of the Union address, now known as Manufacturing USA Institutes.


  • John Schoen, Administrative Director and Controller, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
    • The History of COM
  • Dan Harris, Scientist and Esteemed Fellow, Naval Air Systems Command, China Lake
    • From COM To AmeriCOM
  • Susan Houde-Walter, CEO, LaserMaxDefense
    • Midwave Infrared Sources and Optics for Defense Applications and Beyond
  • Alexis Vogt, Professor, Monroe Community College Precision Optics Program
    • The Shortage of Optics Technicians is a National Security Issue
  • Jessica Nelson, Director of Engineering, Optimax Systems
    • Optical Materials, Manufacturing and Testing: Enabling the Science Fiction of Today to be Tomorrow’s Science Fact
  • Keith Rozenburg, Senior Development Scientist, R&D, SCHOTT North America
    • An Overview of the Specialty Optical Materials Market

Hear more about the history and successes born from Rochester’s Center for Optics Manufacturing and the Navair Optics SBIR program; successes that keep America’s optics manufacturers competitive today. Look at the early-stage technologies that may disrupt manufacturing in the OPI space in the future. Learn about the only optical systems technology degree in the nation, and what it will take to produce the technicians that America’s optics manufacturers need today.

Hear what the DoD has learned from studying their manufacturing supply chain and where your company fits.


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