OIDA Member Sponsored Webinar: Advancing Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Technologies Using Resources

OIDA Member Sponsored Webinar: Advancing Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Technologies Using Resources in the Rochester Region

12 September 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored by: Luminate | Presented by: OIDA

This webinar is a two part series - click to view more information about the first webinar.


From the Mars Rover to the James Webb Space Telescope, viewing new worlds is possible thanks to scientists in Rochester, NY, the world leader in optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI). Today, this region is continuing to speed emerging technologies to market through an integrated ecosystem that combines university resources, federal and state programs, investor networks, and the most robust, sophisticated and highly integrated optics, photonics, and imaging supply chain in the nation. This webinar explores why this region is the top producer of patents in OPI related technologies, and how companies can leverage this ecosystem to advance their innovations. Those encouraged to attend include entrepreneurs who have an OPI startup that’s at the early-stage to Series A funding phase; scientists or engineers who have a technology that’s moving from lab to market; product development teams that want to learn how to access information on technologies under development or how these resources can help with the design, fabrication, and manufacturing of technologies that companies are working on.

In this webinar, you will learn:

Who should attend:  Founders of startups with optics-, photonics-, and imaging-enabled applications; scientists or engineers who are interested in learning more about technology acceleration and programs that are available; product development teams that are looking at emerging technologies in biophotonics, virtual and augmented reality, transportation, security, machine vision, and other areas; or teams that need resources for the design, fabrication, and manufacturing of technologies.

Target Criteria:

  • Company can be from anywhere in world

  • Company must be incorporated

  • Must have an optics-, photonics-, or imaging-enabled technology or application

Presenter Bios:

  • Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director, Luminate

Ramanujan is a serial entrepreneur, having started and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications, and nano materials. As CTO and Product Line Manager of Mammography CAD and Pediatric Businesses within Kodak and Carestream, her team developed and launched clinical equipment and Clinical IT on every continent. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

  • Scott Carney, Professor of Optics and Director of The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Carney has served as the Director of The Institute of Optics since July 2017. He holds a PhD in Physics (1999) from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics (1994) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was faculty at ECE Illinois 2001-2017. Carney has a strong commitment to teaching excellence. He is active in the optics community primarily through the OSA as a journal editor and meeting organizer. He is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Diagnostic Photonics, Inc.

  • Matthew Sydor, Program Manager, Sydor Optics

Matthew Sydor is half of the third generation of Sydors running Sydor Optics (brother, Jonathan is the other half). Sydor Optics is a world leader in the manufacturing of precision flat optical components. Matthew started his optical career at the University of Arizona’s optical fabrication lab and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he made IR optics. Now at home in Rochester, Matthew is a program manager at Sydor Optics. He is committed to the future of Rochester’s optical community, to strengthening the optical manufacturing base, and to keeping Rochester as a destination for all things OPI related.


The views expressed in this webinar do not reflect those of OIDA and The Optical Society.