Bob Novak Scholarship Fund


APOMA has established the Bob Novak Scholarship Fund in memory of our friend, founding APOMA member, and colleague. By supporting the optics manufacturing education that is his legacy, we hope you’ll join us in honoring Bob.

Bob was the heart of the Monroe Community College optics program. He dedicated a significant portion of his life’s work to training & educating students. Bob’s focus was always on students, connecting them to internships and job opportunities and ensuring that they were prepared for immediate employment. He continually reached out to employers for their assistance in keeping the curricula and labs updated and developed education and training tailored for incumbent workers. Bob always encouraged younger students to consider pursuing optics careers.

One of his accomplishments as MCC department chair was securing financial support and equipment from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Optics Manufacturers Association for the MCC optics programs. This resulted in extensive recognition to both the college and the Optics program and elevated MCC’s standing locally and nationally in the area of optical fabrication. With Bob’s influence, the MCC Optics department flourished and became a national force in the field of optics education.

Bob Novak

Bob is considered the voice of optician training in the United States. His contributions to our industry are vast:

  • MCC’s 37-year acting chair/chair of the Optical Technology Department
  • Recognized expert in the optics field locally and nationally
  • Chaired the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships standards
  • Project director of the Center for Advanced Optical Technology for the State of New York
  • Serving on the board of directors for the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
  • Long time Board director of APOMA

The proceeds of the Fund are earmarked to support education in optics manufacturing through a perpetual scholarship in Bob’s name.

Join us in remembering Bob with a tax-deductible donation in his memory.

Donations can be sent directly to SPIE at the address below, please clearly mark the donation for the “Robert Novak Scholarship Fund”:
SPIE, PO Box 10, Bellingham, WA 98227-0010

Please contact Michele Stolberg if you have any questions, email: