Department of Defense Chooses New National Headquarters for Integrated Photonics Innovation

Department of Defense Chooses New National Headquarters for Integrated Photonics Innovation

Driven by the need to meet domestic sourcing requirements of the United States Military, Rochester, New York has dominated the field of optical engineering for over 100 years. Now, after an extensive Department of Defense-sponsored competition, Rochester NY has been selected as headquarters for the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) which the nation will look to for the technology of the future.

Rochester, NY-based Photonics Center Poised to Receive $610 Million in Funding

The total award is comprised of $110 million in federal funding and $500 million in private industry and NY State funding. In addition to bringing the prospect of thousands of new jobs in the Rochester area, it is anticipated that the IP-IMI will greatly benefit both the national economy and homeland security by breaking new ground in the research and development of advanced photonics technologies.

LaserMax joined several companies in aiding the establishment of the IP-IMI. "LaserMax is proud to serve the Department of Defense with state-of-the-art photonics technology," said Dr. Susan Houde-Walter, CEO of LaserMax. "The IP-IMI will advance Rochesters continued leading role in the invention, design and manufacture of optics and photonics technology."

Former President of the Optical Society of America and Full Professor of Optical Science & Engineering at the acclaimed University of Rochester (1987-2005), Dr. Houde-Walter left teaching to become CEO at LaserMax, the company she co-founded with her husband in 1989. Over the past ten years, Houde-Walters primary focus has been on furtherance of her companys defense technologies.

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  5. Biden, Cuomo in Rochester to give details on New York photonics hub
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