The Future of Optics in Rochester
Speaker: Tom Battley, RRPC
The Rochester Section of the Optical Society is pleased to host an evening with Tom Battley to discuss the future of the Rochester region's optics, photonics, and imaging industry and the workforce needed to support it.
Tom Battley was appointed Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster in June, 2004, and Executive Director of The New York Photonics Industry Association in September that same year. Tom is a technology evangelist, excited to be promoting New York State’s Optics and Photonics Industries, and serving the membership of RRPC and PIANY in pursuit of their objectives: collaboration to develop a robust and qualified workforce; increasing the commercialization of new ideas; an increased number of contract opportunities for the membership, and the development of a healthy and growing New York State Photonics Industry. Most recently, Tom has advocated for the National Academies study Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation; and the National Photonics Initiative, which grew out of the study. This work led directly to the offering of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation in Integrated Photonics opportunity with the Department of Defense and the Obama Administration.