The Optical Society Stresses the Importance of Optics and Photonics in Career Training Programs and

31 January 2018

The Optical Society Stresses the Importance of Optics and Photonics in Career Training Programs and Infrastructure Projects Outlined in the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON — In response to President Trump’s State of the Union address, Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society, issued the following statement:

“During his recent State of the Union Address, President Trump called for an investment in workforce development and job training, specifically vocational schools. Including optics and photonics training opportunities in these programs are necessary in order to develop the skills needed for advanced manufacturing employment. Partnerships between vocational schools and the optics industry are key to creating these programs, and an outstanding example can be seen at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, US. MCC has a two year optics program which sets up graduates for jobs in the local optics and photonics industry or opportunity to transfer to a four year technical program.”

“Another point of emphasis in the speech was a call for increased investment in infrastructure projects. Optics and photonics are becoming increasingly vital to the planning, constructing, monitoring and creation of a sound infrastructure system. Optics-enabled technology can provide engineers with 3D maps, real-time data on bridges and roads and advances in construction tools make the entire process, efficient, safe and affordable.”
“In addition, one topic not highlighted was the need for sustainable and growing funding for scientific and engineering programs from key agencies. Research and development investments drive innovation and breakthroughs, ranging from energy efficiency, expanded broadband capabilities, smarter medical devices for diagnosis and treatment, and more. Positioning the United States as a technology leader is only possible by providing adequate federal funding for organizations like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and others.”

About The Optical Society
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