October 2015


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Newsletter October 2015

Optifab 2015 in review

Optifab, the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held in North America, was held October 12-15 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Organized by APOMA and SPIE, Optifab attendees had the opportunity to interact with worldwide experts in the field of optical fabrication. This year the Optifab Exhibition set a record-high for both the number of companies and for the space contracted. Exhibition space sold out and the floor was filled with attendees all week. There were more than 180 booths and more than a 20% increase in traffic over the 2013 event was recorded, exceeding all past years.

In addition to the exhibition floor, the conference included courses and presentations. Speakers demonstrated the wide range of materials and processes used in optical manufacturing and their applicability beyond this field. The week was filled with opportunities for information exchange.

Optifab 2015 Stats

OFB 2015 Attendance – total 1,994 registered attendance
790 Exhibit Reps
272 Technical
932 Exhibit Visitors
185 Exhibitors
10 Courses

The Annual Photonics Clambake sponsored by Sydor Optics, was also a huge success, with 540 people gathering on Tuesday evening. This too set a record high in attendance! And for the first time SPIE hosted a Job Fair on Wednesday which also lead to increased activity on the floor.  

Thank you to all who helped, participated, and attended. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

2015 optifab student poster winners

APOMA Outstanding Student Poster awards were presented during Optifab's networking and poster-viewing reception.

Congratulations to each of the winners!

First place, including a $1,000 prize, to Sam Butler and Michael Ricci, University of Rochester, for "Homodyne displacement measuring interferometer probe for optical coordinate measuring machine with tip and tilt sensitivity."

Second place, including a $750 prize, to Kameron Tinkham, University of Rochester, for "Cerium oxide polishing slurry reclamation project: characterization techniques and results."

Third place, including a $500 prize, to Karine Mathieu, Centre Nationale d'Etudes Spatieles, for "Pixelated filters for spatial imaging."

Thank you to all who participated!


robert "bob" novak scholarship fund

Bob Novak devoted his time generously to support and grow the MCC Optical Systems Technology Program over his 37-year tenure.

The Robert "Bob" Novak Memorial Fund was established at the Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF) in recognition of his tireless devotion to the optics community. The proceeds of the Fund will support education in optics manufacturing. Our goal is to grow this Fund in excess of $100,000.

We are asking friends, colleagues and associates from the optics industry to make a generous donation to the Fund in his memory.  Contributions can be made via check or credit card on the RACF website.

Contributor Levels
Corporate - $5,000   Gold - $1,000  Silver - $500  Bronze - $100

Contributions by check can be made out to:
"Robert "Bob" Novak Scholarship Fund of RACF"
Rochester Area Community Foundation
 500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY  14607

Thank you to all who give back in Bob Novak's name.

Member Spotlight

Treibacher Industrie AG has been an international leader in the chemistry and metallurgy sectors for decades.  Headquartered in Austria, Treibacher Industrie AG develops and manufactures products for the steel and foundry industries, the carbide industry, high performance ceramics and fine chemicals and special alloys. They pride themselves on providing every client with quality, flexibility and customized solutions.

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