FORT PIERCE — More than 100 attendees from industry, academia and government throughout the United States — including leaders from the International Optics and Photonics Society/OPTICA (formerly OSA) and the Center for Optics Manufacturing/AmeriCOM and senior representatives from two national laboratories — will convene at Indian River State College’s Massey Campus on Wednesday, April 12, for a discussion of photonics and optics technologies and its worldwide impact on industry sectors such as space exploration, defense, energy, advanced manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare and testing and measuring.
The invitation-only symposium, presented in cooperation with LASER-TEC and the Florida Photonics Cluster, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technologies in Fort Pierce. The impressive speaker line-up includes:
• United States Congressman Brian Mast, 21st Congressional District & Co-chair of the Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus
• Dr. Timothy Moore, president, Indian River State College
• Dr. Andrew Brown, senior director of Global Business Development, International Society for Optics and Photonics
• Dr. Jay Kumler, president, Jenoptik North America
• Dr. Zhi Liao, workforce manager, Laurence Livermore National Lab, National Ignition Facility, California
• Dr. Alexey Glebov, general manager & president, OptiGrate- IPG Photonics
• Dr. Ty Olmstead, vice president for engineering, Ocean Optics
• Albert Miranda, chief financial officer, LightPath Technologies
• Natalia Chekhovskaya, executive director advanced manufacturing and principal investigator & director of the National Center for Lasers and Fiber Optics education, LASER-TEC
“From the National Science Foundation’s LASER-TEC center to businesses like Jenoptik, the Treasure Coast is leading the way in optics and photonics,” said Congressman Brian Mast. “This is an industry that is shaping the future. I applaud Indian River State College, LASER-TEC and the Florida Photonics Cluster for hosting these critical conversations about the potential of optics and photonics and how to grow the skilled workforce to foster innovation.”
A family-friendly Optics & Photonics Community Festival will immediately follow the symposium in the Kight Center Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m. The free, all-ages event will feature hands-on activities, lectures, and tours that illuminate the role of photonics and lasers in everyday life and the future:
• Go hands-on in the Maker’s Corner and take home a light-inspired craft
• Learn how laser fusion can create sustainable energy for our planet
• Explore the evolution of telescopes
• Take guided tours of IRSC Photonics, High-Power Laser and Quantum Photonics labs
• Marvel at “A World of Light,” a display of images from artists around the globe
• View project displays from students in IRSC’s Laser Club
• Take a selfie with a giant lens
The IRSC Optics & Photonics Community Festival is made possible with the support of Indian River State College, LASER-TEC, Florida Photonics Cluster and Jenoptik Optical Systems.
For more information about the Symposium or the Festival, email Natalia Chekhovskaya at email@example.com.