Optics & Photonics: Lighting a Path for the Future

February 28, 2013, the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

On Feb. 28, OSA, along with co-sponsors SPIE, IEEE Photonics, LIA, and APS, celebrated the official release of the National Academy of Science landmark report “Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation”. The event featured a panel of NAS committee members discussing the report’s grand challenges, and industry representative from across five key optics and photonics sectors discussing efforts to form a Nation Photonics Initiative (NPI) – a key recommendation of the report.

 
 


Erik Svedberg (National Academy of Sciences) and Tom Baer (NPI Advisory Committee Chair) begin with background information and on overview of the day’s event. Followed by a panel discussion with National Research Council Committee on Harnessing Light members Alan Willner (USC), Paul McManamon (Exciting Technology, Inc.), Tom Baer (Stanford Photonics Center), and Ed White (Kodak, ret.)

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NPI Communications Working Group Chair Steve Grubb (Infinera) and Joe Berthold, Vice President of Network Architecture at Cienna, discuss current optics and photonics applications in the communications and data storage sector, as well as barriers to U.S. competitiveness.

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Mark Taggart (Laser Mechanism Inc.), Chair of the NPI Advanced Manufacturing Working Group, and GE Global Research Business Development Manager Magdi Azer discuss the needs of the U.S. advanced manufacturing field and the role optics and photonics plays.

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NPI Health & Medicine Working Group Chair Steve Laderman (Agilent) and James Mulshine of Rush Translational Science Consortium discuss the uses of optics in photonics in the medical field, as well as potentials for future improvements.

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NPI Health & Medicine Working Group Chair Steve Laderman (Agilent) and James Mulshine of Rush Translational Science Consortium discuss the uses of optics in photonics in the medical field, as well as potentials for future improvements.

NPI Energy Working Group Chair Doug Hall (DOE) and Flextronics President of Renewable Energy Jeannine Sargent discuss the current state of optics and photonics in the U.S. energy sector and needs for future growth.

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NPI Health & Medicine Working Group Chair Steve Laderman (Agilent) and James Mulshine of Rush Translational Science Consortium discuss the uses of optics in photonics in the medical field, as well as potentials for future improvements.

James Horkovich (Raytheon), Chair of the NPI Defense & Nation Security Working Group and Lockheed Martin Spectrum Systems Lab Direct J. Scott Rogers discuss the critical role optics and photonics applications play in the defense sector and future research needs.

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