Monday, August 29, 2011

PR: American Photonics Builds New Facility


American Photonics Builds New Facility

Sarasota, FL, September 1, 2011: American Photonics Company today announced the completion of their new manufacturing facility. The new facility, which quadruples their current capacity, is located at 6621 19th St E, Sarasota, FL 34243.

About American Photonics Company:

Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, American Photonics (APC) opened in 2000 to bring an American presence into the CO2 laser optics industry. APC is a world class facility designed and built to maximize efficiency and precision with high speed production. APC has incorporated the latest technology in optical fabrication and coating.

In addition to CO2 laser cutting, welding and marking optics, APC serves other markets including Military, Aerospace, Medical and Scientific.

American Photonics is focused on producing precision infrared optics and coatings in the USA. APC is proud to be the only laser optics company that manufactures 100% of their optics and replacement parts in the US.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Workforce Central Florida and the University of Central Florida’s Office of Experiential Learning have partnered to offer the greater Orlando technology community an opportunity to invest in their future workforce through the STEM (Science, Technology, ngineering & Mathematics) initiative.

Investing in tomorrow’s workforce to meet projected demands in Orlando’s new and emerging industries of Digital media & Games, Homeland Security, Simulation & Cyber Security, Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Biotechnology is a community workforce priority. We are looking for qualified employers to host the students in their workplace by offering a structured, focused, meaningful experience in their major under the supervision of a senior technical staff member. Workforce Central Florida will pay each student a stipend for a 14-16 week long internship while the student simultaneously attends classes. Our targeted start date is the week after Labor Day weekend with a projected end date by the year end winter holidays.

If you have any questions or would like to register as a host employer, please contact me on my direct line at 407-823-1005.

Jackie Herold, Faculty Advisor

Office of Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Studies, UCF

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SID Student Chapter Seminar / 8.29.11 / CREOL 102 / 11-12pm / “Optical Sensing with Microstructured Fibers” – Yan-qing Lu

SID Student Chapter Seminar: “Optical Sensing with Microstructured Fibers” – Yan-qing Lu


Monday, August 29, 2011 / 11:00am-12:00pm

Prof. Yan-qing Lu

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University, China


Optical fiber is a micron-scale element with lights trapped in its core. People have attempted to incorporate “microstructures” into fibers for years. A successful example is the photonic crystal fiber (PCF). With the fast progress in micro- and even nano-fabrication techniques, we have more freedom to design and fabricate various “Microstructured fibers”. The microstructure induces “optical resonance” or “phase matching”, which are normally sensitive to environmental conditions. On the other hand, optical fiber is a perfect light transmission line with industry standard input/output connections. As a consequence, the combination of fiber and microstructure would give promising applications in optical sensing. In this talk, I will introduce our recent work on various fiber-optic sensors, including PCF index/ temperature sensors with multi-beam interference, liquid crystal cladding fiber for pressure sensing, transflective nano-wire grid fiber sensor, microfiber coil resonator and micro-fiber probe FP/FBG sensors.


Yan-qing Lu received his Ph.D. degree from Nanjing University, China in 1996. He is currently a professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University. He is the author or co-author of ~80 peer-reviewed papers with over 800 citations. He also holds over 20 patents or pending patents. His research interests include fiber optics, liquid-crystal and nonlinear optics. He was a visiting research scientist in Prof. S. T. Wu’s group in CREOL, UCF during 2003-2005. He is an associate editor of OSA’s Optical Materials Express.

For More Information:

Hui-Chuan “Ethan” Cheng

SID Student Chapter President


hccheng @ creol . ucf . edu

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Educational Seminar - "Tapping UCF Student Talent"

What's next for NASA and the Space Industry? Join us at the East Orlando Chamber Luncheon to hear the answer

The Countdown Is On… For The East Orlando Chamber of Commerce August Luncheon

The safe landing of shuttle Atlantis last month left Floridians brimming both with nostalgia and questions about the future of space exploration. Patrick Simpkins, Director of Engineering for NASA, will serve as guest speaker at the August Member Luncheon to explain the legacy of the space program and the future of the industry.

Simpkins, a 28-year-veteran with NASA, started as shuttle engineer and evolved into a leader in the human resources division. He facilitated the development of the NASA Strategic Human Capital Plan, helped modernize NASA’s human resources information systems and led the design, development and implementation of the Agency’s competency management system.

Simpkins’ HR role makes him an ideal person to speak to the fate of the thousands of skilled workers on the Space Coast and why East Orlando’s growth in science, technology and engineering makes the region an increasingly attractive spot for companies eyeing the cosmos.

Register for the luncheon at

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 17

WHERE: Stoneybrook Golf Club, 2900 Northampton Avenue, Orlando FL 32828

COST: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Monday, August 15, 2011

ICALEO 2011 Advance Program Now Available!

Save $25 by Registering Online
Before September 1st, 2011!

The International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO) has a 29 year history as the conference where researchers and end-users meet to review the state-of-the art in laser materials processing and predict where the future will lead. From its inception, ICALEO has been devoted to the field of laser materials processing and is viewed as the premier source of technical information in the field.

Register Today!

ICALEO Highlighted Events

President's Reception

The opening day of ICALEO features an evening reception hosted by LIA President Stephen Capp. Meet the LIA Executive Committee, Board of Directors and ICALEO Chairs. Join the LIA staff and mingle with old friends at this exciting event!

Laser Industry Vendor
Reception & Tabletop Display

Exhibitors and attendees have the opportunity to discuss equipment and applications in a relaxed setting. After completion of the technical sessions, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while sharing product ideas with your colleagues and suppliers!

Awards Luncheon

Celebrate 30 years of ICALEO by attending LIA's Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon. The 2011 Arthur L. Schawlow Award will be presented to Professor Berthold Leibinger.

Networking Opportunities

Meet colleagues from around the world!

Florida Photonics Cluster & Manufacturers Assoc. of Central Florida Joint Members Meeting

Agenda – General Members Meeting

Chair: Alex Fong, President

3:30pm – Welcome & Introductions – FPC Members, Guests, & Host

3:40pm -- FPC business (~15 minutes)

3:55pm – “Innovation Engineering”: Mark Tellum, Project Manager, Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

4:20pm – “MACF Overview”: Sherry Reeves, Executive Director, Manufacturers Assoc. of Central FL (MACF)

4:40pm – “Overview of Harris GCSD Manufacturing”: Brad Nichols, Director of Manufacturing, GCSD

5:30pm (approx.) – first group tour of Harris facility; 2nd tour group – start reception & networking; hosted by Harris

6:10pm (approx.) -- second group tour of Harris facility; 1st tour group – start reception & networking; hosted by Harris

7:00pm (approx.) -- Adjourn. Go to no-host dinner at The Siam Garden

Cost: Complimentary for MACF & FPC members
$25 for Non-members

Space is limited! RSVP by Tuesday, September 9, 2011.
No walk-ins accepted.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FPC-OIDA cooperation on NIST AMTech RFI

The FPC has begun working with OIDA to help advance the cause of the optics, photonics, and optoelectronics industries. Advanced manufacturing technologies are a key element of our campaign, and we will be communicating with various government agencies to help secure new manufacturing programs for the benefit of our member companies.

In this context, we want to draw your attention to a recent request for information (RFI) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeking input on how to best structure a new public-private Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) partnership program. The goal of the AMTech program is to provide federal financial assistance to leverage existing or newly created industry-led consortia to develop precompetitive enabling manufacturing technologies. The consortia’s goal is to develop roadmaps of critical long-term industrial manufacturing research needs, and issue sub-awards to fund research by universities, government laboratories, and U.S. businesses. This initiative will support research and development in advanced manufacturing, with the goal of strengthening long-term U.S. leadership in the development of critical technologies that lead to sustainable economic growth and job creation. The following is the link to this announcement:

The FPC will be working with OIDA to respond to this RFI on behalf of our respective member companies and the larger technical community engaged in optics, photonics, and optoelectronics manufacturing. While OIDA will take the lead in responding to this RFI, we need input from your company to help strengthen our response. This could be either in the form of a letter of support, answers to the questions that NIST has posed in their RFI (see above link) or comments on the planned structure of the program (see above link). The final response to NIST is due by 20 September, so we need your inputs as soon as possible so we can integrate them with responses from OIDA members. Please send your response to one of the addresses below. And please do make an independent input from your company directly to NIST if possible.

We also envisage that other agencies will soon be announcing their own manufacturing initiatives, which we hope to respond to as well. Additionally, OIDA is planning workshop in the fall on advanced optoelectronics manufacturing and invites participation from all FPC members. We shall share the details once they become available.

Thank you in advance for your support of this effort, and for your continued support of the FPC.

Alex Fong, FPC President Jim Pearson, FPC Executive Director

afong @ goochandhousego . com jpearson @ creol . ucf . edu