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Member News & Events


Optifab 2017 - Student Travel Grants & Best Poster Awards

Students interested in the optics industry can gain firsthand exposure to the industry's largest manufacturing conference and exhibition.

APOMA is once again offering students a chance to participate in Optifab 2017 through travel grants and awards for outstanding student posters. Award winners will be chosen from the pool of qualified students.

All applications should be submitted by September 1, 2017. Please see the full award guidelines if you would like more information.


2017 SPIE Optifab

October 16-19, 2017 | Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York

SPIE Optifab, organized jointly by SPIE and APOMA, is the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held in North America. This is the premier event to meet with top companies and to learn about the latest optical fabrication technologies.

2016 Tucson Workshop

November 10-11, 2016 | University of Arizona

This year's event will feature presentations and discussions on freeform optics, polishing, interferometry and more. This member’s only access event is filled with 2 days of hands on learning.


Call for Papers

We invite all members who wish to submit an educational paper to provide a topic and brief abstract. As a workshop focused on fabrication, papers discussing how to build an operational and technical edge within companies will primarily be considered.


APOMA General Meeting to Feature Speaker Ian Moss

Annual Meeting at Photonics West
February 17 | 8:30am
The Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco

Are you attending Photonics West 2016? Join APOMA for our general meeting for a chance to hear from speaker Ian Moss. He will give an update on U.S. export controls, with emphasis on the optics industry.

Moss has extensive experience with high-technology business. Spending 10 years in international management roles allowed him to develop a keen sense of services and products and the solutions necessary for international challenges. Now, Moss works with clients on all aspects of business including risk mitigation and compliance procedures and protocols.

The insight and information Moss is sure to offer will be highly valuable. Attendance is open and free for our general meeting. We hope to see you there!


Student Travel Grants & Best Poster Awards for Optifab 2015

APOMA is ​encouraging students to gain first hand exposure to issues important to the optics industry by participating in Optifab 2015. Travel grants and awards for outstanding student posters are being awarded again this year to qualifying students.

Applications are due no later than September 1st, 2015
Please see the full award guidelines here.


Announcing the Robert Novak Scholarship Fund

(Feb. 19, 2015) In remembrance of our friend and founding APOMA member Bob Novak, APOMA has established a memorial fund to provide scholarships to students pursuing an education in optics manufacturing. Bob was the heart of the Monroe Community College optics program, and the voice of optics education nationally.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation — all funds will be matched by SPIE.

Election Results Are In! APOMA Announces 2015-2016 Board

(Feb. 19, 2015) Thank you to all who voted in this year's board election. In our highest voter turnout to date, APOMA welcomes three new board members: 

David Mohring, Corporate Member, OptiPro Systems

Lee Steneken, Corporate Member, Esco Optics

Kirk Warden, President Elect, LaCroix Optical 

Justin Mahanna of Universal Photonics will begin his term as President. Many thanks to Bill Lannon and Jay Kumler for their years of service to the APOMA board.


Deadline Approaching for Startup Challenge at Photonics West

spie-start-up.jpg(Nov. 18, 2014) The SPIE Startup Challenge for photonics technology is held annually at the Photonics West. This competitive event invites new entrepreneurs to pitch their light-based technology business plan to a team of business development experts and venture capitalists. The best pitch presenters receive cash prizes and are provided support to attend additional entrepreneurship training to continue refining ideas and make further contacts with experts.

Applications are due December 1, 2014. Sign up here.

2014 Tucson Tech Workshop Most Successful Yet

az-mirror-lab.jpg(Nov. 18, 2014) Last week, nearly 75 people joined APOMA at the University of Arizona for our Tucson Technical Workshop, making it the highest attended workshop to date. Thank you to all who made the trek!

The workshop featured 21 different speakers from optical industry leaders around the world. Attendees learned techniques for: 

  • more effective optical cleaning
  • faster experiment design
  • scratch and damage management
  • sapphire processing
  • ...and many more
Attendees also received a tour the U of A's Mirror Lab, where scientists are working to develop mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope as well as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a binocular telescope that uses magnetically levitated optics.

Special thanks to Justin Mahanna, workshop chairman, and John Greivenkamp, University of Arizona host, as well as all ur speakers.
If you couldn't attend, download the presentations.

Progress in Optics Education


(Sept. 16, 2014) On Thursday, Sept. 4, APOMA Board Members Rick Nasca and Jim Sydor joined an impressive lineup of speakers at the annual meeting of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC). They presented on Monroe Community College's increased enrollment in the Optical Systems Technology program as well as the college’s collaborations with local manufacturers and high schools. Thanks to the Corning Foundation, new labs and equipment will help provide employees with skills needed to meet industry demand.

The Optical Systems Technology program at Monroe Community College (MCC) was the country’s first two-year degree program for training technicians to work in the optical industry. Today, MCC has received national and international recognition for its comprehensive optics program which includes manufacturing and electronics, design and function of optical components, optical instruments, and experimental techniques.

How can you and your company help continue this tradition of excellence?

  • Encourage your employees to take a course or enroll in degree or certificate programs
  • Establish a company-named scholarship
  • Consider donating equipment

View the presentation slides.


What's to come in 2014 - Annual Meeting in Review

(Feb. 7, 2014) We've just returned from Photonics West, where 50 APOMA members attended the Annual Meeting. If you were unable to attend, here's the highlights: 

Dr. Tayyab Suratwala of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory presented on "Recent Developments of Large Optics for NIF" (check back for notes from his presentation.) 

The board also announced the Tucson Technical Workshop, scheduled for November 10-11 at the University of Arizona. Have a topic you'd like to present? Our Call for Papers is open! Interested in sending any of your line supervisors or technical staff to this hands-on workshop? Register now--APOMA members only.

We also presented on APOMA's web presence. In 2013, we launched a new site and newsletter, both to give members improved access to APOMA resources, and better exposure to prospects looking for optical fabricators. What's coming in 2014? Member directory improvements are our first priority. We'll be reaching out to you this month to improve your listing and promote your news. 

APOMA welcomed 8 new member companies in 2013: 

CV Nanotechnology (Corporate)
Coltech Optronics (Corporate)
Davidson Optronics (Corporate)
PLS Launch Solutions (Associate)
Owner Resource Group (Associate)
Meadowlark Optics (Corporate)
Ross Optical (Corporate)
Telemark (Corporate)
This February marks the official start of our 2014 board as well. Newly elected board seats include Walt Czajkowski, Treasurer, Edmund Optics, Jim Sydor, Secretary, Sydor Optics, and John Greivenkamp, Academic Member, University of Arizona. All are long-time APOMA members and prior board members--thank you for your continued contributions to this organization! 

OPTIFAB 2013 the Largest Ever!

(Oct. 18, 2014) Optifab 2013 set records for exhibitors--it was the largest show yet, and exhibit space sold out.

The conference kicked off with a ribbon cutting. Phil Stahl (NASA and SPIE President Elect) along with Rick Nasca, Jim Sydor, (OFB Exhibition Chairs) and Maureen Duggan (Rochester Economic Development Director) representing Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, welcomes the attendees.

The APOMA-sponsored Photonics Clambake was also record breaking, with over 500 attendees. From Mike Naselaris, GM at Sydor Optics and coordinator of the Clambake, “It is the impressive participation of our industry that makes this event a success year after year. This year’s clambake was the highest attended clambake to date with just under 500 in attendance. We had people from all over the US along with many foreign visitors.” All additional proceeds will be donated to the area high schools for their optics fabrication and technology programs.

APOMA awarded three scholarships for the best papers. The Exceptional Paper award ($1000) was given to Michael Echter, Paper 8884-85, and Outstanding Papers awards ($500 each) given to Sandi Westover, paper 8884-94 and Erick Koontz, 8884-90. Congratulations to Michael, Sandi and Erick, and thanks to all our members.

14th Annual Photonics Clambake - Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Once again we will have the photonics clambake scheduled to coincide with a photonics show in Rochester, Optifab 2013 being held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on October 14 - 17, 2013. This reception during Optifab showcases our industry's hospitality year after year and has become a hallmark for visitors and locals in the photonics industry. Sponsorships like yours are what enable us to keep this event going at a reasonable cost to the attendees and continue to bring this conference here to Rochester. Please join us in sponsoring this reception.

APOMA Travel Grants and Best Student Paper Awards Now Open!

In conjunction with OPTIFAB 2013, to be held 14-17 October 2013 in Rochester, New York, APOMA will sponsor travel grants and monetary awards for best student papers in the OPTIFAB program. All awards are for students attending North American schools only.

Multiple $250 travel grants will be awarded to students presently enrolled in North American schools who are presenting papers (either oral or poster) at the OPTIFAB meeting. Over 2,000 attendees and exhibitors from around the world are expected to attend this premier optics event. Learn more.wnyopticstournament.jpg

APOMA Well Represented at WNY Optics Golf Tournament to Benefit Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong

On July 18, APOMA members joined over 100 golfers in support of Golisano Children's Hospital. APOMA was a key sponsor of the 13th annual event, along with member Universal Photonics.




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