A Great Week in Rochester

SPIE Optifab shined in its 9th year, welcoming more technical attendees, company reps, and exhibition-only visitors than 2017’s meeting. The conference included the presentation of both technical and commercial papers, while the plenary session addressed the topic “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.” Conference sessions on Free Form Optics and Manufacturing, Novel Metrology Techniques, Surface Roughness and Optical Alignment, proved particularly popular. The exhibition hall hosted 185 companies, with nearly 400 walk-in visitors on both days, and course attendance was up by thirty percent.

A group gathered for a technical demonstration by OptoTech at Optifab 2019. (Source: SPIE)

The week kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with both SPIE President Jim Oschmann and APOMA President Mike Mandina in attendance. The meeting included a poster session – with APOMA awarding a 1,000-dollar Best Student Poster prize – as well as a networking reception, a job fair, and a student day program which attracted more than 150 high-school students.

Other special activities included an APOMA general meeting with more than 82 attendees and the infamous 21st Annual Photonics Clambake of which SPIE was a major sponsor. From the excited buzz in the exhibition hall to the lively networking and dining session, SPIE Optifab was an engaging and resounding success. (Source: SPIE)

Link: SPIE Optifab, Rochester, NY, USASPIE – international society for optics and photonics, Bellingham, WA, USAAmerican Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA), Rochester, NY, USA

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