Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Special Seminar: “Presenting the recently released National Academy Optics and Photonics report (Harnessing Light II)”, Paul McManamon & Stephen Anderson


Special Seminar:  “Presenting the recently released National Academy Optics and Photonics report (Harnessing Light II)”, Paul McManamon & Stephen Anderson
CREOL 102
Thursday, September 27, 2012 / 10:30-11:30am

“Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation”- Paul McManamon, Technical Director, LOCI, University of Dayton

Dr. Paul F. McManamon is an independent consultant and works half time as the Technical Director of the Ladar and Optical Communications institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton.   Until May of 2008 he was chief scientist for the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Sensors Directorate consists of about 1250 people responsible for developing new sensor technology for the Air Force.  The Sensors directorate spent $548M in FY 07.  Dr McManamon was responsible for the technical portfolio of the Sensors directorate, including RF sensors and countermeasures, EO sensors and countermeasures, and automatic object recognition.  He has developed multidiscriminate electro-optical sensors, including multifunction laser radar, novel electro-optical countermeasure systems, and optical phased-array beam steering.  Dr McManamon has participated in three Air Force Scientific Advisory Board summer studies, New World Vistas in 1995, A Roadmap for a 21st Century Aerospace Force in 1998, and Sensors for Difficult Targets in 2001.  Dr McManamon has technically led in many substantial DARPA  efforts.   Dr McManamon was instrumental in the development of laser flash imaging, initiating the ERASER program as a method to enhance our EO target recognition range by a factor of 4 or 5.  Dr. McManamon is widely recognized in the electro-optical community.  Dr McManamon was the 2006 President of SPIE.  SPIE has  17,500 members world wide, and had > 45,000 people attend its meetings in 2006.  He was on the SPIE board of directors for 7 years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007.  Dr. McManamon serves on the executive committee for the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS.  Dr. McManamon received the WRG Baker award from the IEEE in 1998.  The WRG Baker award is awarded for the best paper in ANY refereed IEEE journal or publication.   Dr. McManamon is a Fellow of SPIE, IEEE, and OSA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS. 

“Industry Trends and Opportunities”- Stephen G. Anderson, SPIE Industry & Market Strategist

Stephen G. Anderson joined SPIE last year as Industry & Market Strategist. He is an industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved in the photonics technology marketplace for more than 30 years. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief with Pennwell's Laser Focus World where he directed the editorial strategy for all media and platforms. During his 18 year tenure there, Anderson supervised the Annual Review and Forecast of the Laser Marketplace, published each January, and led the highly regarded Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar, held annually at Photonics West. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. In 2011 he served on the Blue Ocean Grants committee sponsored by Ocean Optics, and since 2006 has served as a member of the jury panel for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis. Before joining Laser Focus World, Anderson held marketing and business development positions at Perkin Elmer (UK) and at Spectra-Physics in the UK, Germany, and most recently in the USA. He holds a chemistry degree from the University of York, (England), and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.





Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Florida Photonics Cluster & Manufacturers Association of Central Florida Joint Members Meeting at Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)


Florida Photonics Cluster & Manufacturers Association of Central Florida
Joint Members Meeting

AGENDA

September 27, 2012

Host & Location:
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)**
1679 Clearlake Road;  Cocoa, Florida 32922
(321)638-1019 or (321)638-1000
Directions to FSEC can be found at http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/about/visiting/index.htm

Co-Chairs:  Alex Fong, FPC President & Sherry Reeves, MACF Executive Director
2:00pm -- Welcome & Introductions – FPC Members, MACF Members, Guests, & Host
2:15pm – Presentation and discussion on Harnessing Light II report, recently released.  Dr. Paul McManamon, Exciting Technology, LLC; SPIE Past President (2006); and co-chair of the report.
2:35pm – Presentation on “Economic Impact of Optics and Photonics”.  Steve Anderson, SPIE Industry and Market Strategist
2:55pm – Update on "Southeast Regional Laser and Fiber Optics Center", Dr. Chrys Panayiotou, Professor and Department Head, Electronics Engineering Technology, Indian River State College
3:00pm -- FPC Business & Overview; Alex Fong, Sr. VP, Life Sciences and Instrumentation, Gooch & Housego, & President, FPC
3:05pm -- “MACF Overview”:  Sherry Reeves, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF)
3:10pm – Overview of FSEC; Dr. Jim Fenton, Director of FSEC & Professor, UCF/MMAE
3:35pm – Seminar on “Electric Cars Fueled by Solar to Electric Panels Manufactured in Florida at $1.08 a gallon”; Dr. Jim Fenton
4:00pm – Seminar on “Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium”; Dr. Winston Schoenfeld, Associate Professor of Optics & the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
4:25pm -- Tour of FSEC 
5:10pm – Reception & networking; hosted by FPC, MACF, and FSEC
6:10pm -- Adjourn.  Go to no-host dinner at nearby restaurant:  Cara Mia Riverside Grill, 11 Riverside Drive, STE 110, Cocoa, FL   http://www.caramiariversidegrill.com/id7.html

Monday, September 17, 2012

EDC's Annual BBQ on the Boulevard – Join us on October 25

THURSDAY,
OCTOBER 25, 2012
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Metro Orlando EDC
301 East Pine Street
Downtown Orlando

"Rain or Shine"
Complimentary parking in the Capital Plaza Parking Garage.




Friday, September 14, 2012

SPIE: NRC 'Optics and Photonics' report launch


For immediate release

'Optics and Photonics' launch events stress opportunity for economy, R&D leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C., and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA ― 13 September ― The payoff from investing in optics and photonics will be a stronger economy and R&D leadership, according to a recently released National Academies report introduced to lawmakers on 12 September. Speakers at two Capitol Hill events for policymakers and legislators highlighted key components and challenges from "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation." Sponsors were SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as well as the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, and the Optical Society (OSA).

Energy Secretary Steven Chu and former Intel CEO Craig Barrett participated in the morning launch presentation at the Ronald Reagan Building, attended by federal agency staff and other stakeholders.

Chu noted that a significant challenge now for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar is not science and technology, but implementation. For example, installing solar panels on a roof is about three times as expensive in the U.S. as in Germany, due not to panel or installation costs but to licensing and inspection regulations, some of which predate solar and are not relevant to it. He urged that R&D continue, and stressed that overall planning should be broad enough to encompass deployment and cost-competitiveness goals.

Chu said that more science and engineering influence in government helps focus on looking for solutions rather than limitations in technology, and talked about important potential in other areas covered in report, such as high-resolution imaging of cell processes in controlling and preventing disease.

Barrett said that government and industry each have a role to play in supporting photonics and elevating awareness of it among decision-makers. "I think the key issue here is really singling out photonics and optics as one of the key technologies of the 21st century. And by the way, just about every other major economic power has done the same thing already," he said in an interview with SPIE <http://spie.org/x90425.xml> prior to the event.

"I think that the biggest opportunity that the U.S. still has is to take its investment in basic technology research back to same level as a percent of GDP as it was 30 or 40 years ago," he said.

The afternoon event at the Rayburn House Office Building was attended by congressional representatives and staffers. Speakers included Martin Richardson, University of Central Florida; Greg Olsen, Princeton University; Tom Baer, Stanford University; and SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.

Hear more comments on the report and the potential of optics and photonics in a brief video interview with Barrett and Olsen at http://spie.org/x90446.xml.

The report assesses the current state of optics, photonics, and optical engineering in the United States, prioritizes research grand-challenge questions to fill technological gaps, and recommends actions to support global leadership in photonics-driven industry.

The report calls for a National Photonics Initiative to improve the efficacy of U.S. public and private R&D resources, emphasizing the need for public policy that encourages adoption of a portfolio approach to investing in the opportunities available within photonics.

"Opportunity calls and its name is 'photonics'," Arthurs said at the caucus briefing. He noted the report's specific recommendations for increased R&D investment in areas including photonics communications, data infrastructure, security and defense, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and sustainable clean energy, and the related opportunity for creation of large numbers of high-quality jobs.

SPIE<http://spie.org/> is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SPIE - Entry deadline nears for Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation


Deadline nears for entries for Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, USA ― 10 September 2012 ― The entry deadline is fast approaching for the prestigious 2012-13 Prism Awards<http://www.photonicsprismaward.com>. The international competition honors new technology and product inventions from the multi-billion dollar optics and photonics industry, and is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics<http://spie.org>, and Photonics Media<http://www.photonics.com/PrismAwards.aspx>.

The Prism Awards boost visibility and credibility for companies with the most creative product inventions annually. Products that have been sold, delivered, or launched between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012 are eligible. Companies may enter one product for multiple categories or multiple products in separate categories. Entries are being accepted through the end of September.
Categories include:
*       Defense and Security
*       Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
*       Green Photonics/Sustainable Energy
*       Industrial Lasers
*       Information and Communication
*       LEDs and Other Light Sources
*       Life Sciences and Biophotonics
*       Manufacturing
*       Optics and Optical Components
*       Scientific Lasers
*       Test, Measurement, Metrology.

Finalists will be announced in November.  Winners will be announced 6 February at a gala banquet held during SPIE Photonics West<http://spie.org/x2584.xml> in San Francisco.

The competition is judged by an independent panel of industry experts including innovators from top companies, leaders in academia, business developers, previous award winners, financial experts, and much more. The 2012-13 judges are:
*       David Andrews, University of East Anglia
*       Joel Bagwell, Edmund Optics
*       Mark Bendett, Lockheed Martin Aculight
*       Michael Bove, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*       Wellington Chadehumbe, Venture Capital (Pty) Ltd.
*       Brian Culshaw, University of Strathclyde
*       Marta de la Fuente, Indra Sistemas SA
*       Donal Denvir, Andor Technology
*       John Dexheimer, Private Equity Investing
*       Jason Eichenholz, Ocean Optics Inc.
*       Joseph Gortych, OPTICUS IP LAW PLLC
*       David Hardwick, Consultant
*       Randy Heyler, Ondax, Inc.
*       Marc Himel, Jenoptik Optical Systems
*       Ray Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation
*       Wilhelm Kaenders, TOPTICA Photonics
*       Kenneth Kaufmann, Hamamatsu
*       Michael Lebby, Translucent Inc.
*       Robert Lee, Intellectual Ventures
*       Robert Lieberman, Intelligent Optical Systems Inc.
*       Paul McManamon, Consultant and University of Dayton
*       Marc Nantel, Research and Innovation at Niagara College
*       Jim Pearson, University of Central Florida
*       John Pelligrino, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
*       Jennifer Ricklin, Air Force Research Laboratory
*       Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw University of Technology
*       Laura Smoliar, Peppertree Engineering Inc.
*       Ferechteh Hosseini Teherani, Nanovation
*       Alastair Wilson, Photonics of ESP KTN.

About SPIE

SPIE<http://spie.org/> is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

About Photonics Media

Photonics Media<http://www.photonics.com>, a brand of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Laurin Publishing Co. Inc., publishes Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics, Photonics Buyers' Guide and Photonics.com. With a collective subscriber base of more than 150,000 worldwide and more than 4 million unique website visits per year, Laurin Publishing's Photonics Media products and publications lead the photonics industry with editorial excellence and integrity ― fostering a tradition of innovation and progress by sharing knowledge, insights and visions for the future.






SPIE - Former Intel chief: optics/photonics is biggest opportunity


Former Intel head says optics and photonics research investment is needed for U.S. to compete globally

Former Intel Corporation CEO Craig Barrett said in an SPIE Newsroom interview Monday that a commitment to investment in optics and photonics research represents "the biggest opportunity" for the U.S.to gain a competitive edge in global markets. Barrett and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will speak at an event Wednesday in Washington, D.C., launching the new National Research Council report "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for our Nation." SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is a sponsor of the launch event.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA ― 11 September 2012 ―Identifying optics and photonics as key technologies - a direction already being followed by many economies around the world - is a necessary step for the U.S. to take in ensuring that it remains a strong player, former CEO/Chairman of the Board for Intel Corporation Craig Barrett said in an interview Monday with SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs for the SPIE Newsroom website.

Barrett and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will be the keynote speakers at an invitation-only briefing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on the newly released report "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for our Nation<http://opticsandphotonics.org/>," authored by a committee of the National Research Council. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is a sponsor of the event.

"I think the key issue here is really singling out photonics and optics as one of the key technologies of the 21st century," Barrett said. "Just about every other major economic power has done the same thing already. Unless the US continues to aggressively pursue research and basic technology development in this area, we'll fall behind."

Restoring U.S. investment in basic technology research to levels of 30 or 40 years ago as a percent of GDP "is the biggest opportunity the U.S. has," Barrett said. This was a key recommendation of both the "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" reports, first published by the National Academies in 2005 and updated in 2010, he noted.

Given that the 21st century is often characterized as the "technology century, the innovation century, or the knowledge century, you can't expect to be very competitive in that century if you're continuing to lower your relative investment in those technologies. And that is precisely what the U.S. has been doing," Barrett said.

Barrett also stressed the need for changes in K-12 and higher education that would raise the competency of U.S. students in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) fields. U.S. scores in science and math have trailed those of many developed and developing nations in recent international assessments.

The full interview is at http://spie.org/x90425.xml.

Optics and photonics applications are necessary in areas such as manufacture and  inspection of integrated circuits in electronic devices, displays on smart phones and computing devices, optical fiber that carries the information on the Internet, advanced precision manufacturing and metrology, enhanced defense capabilities, and a plethora of medical diagnostics tools.

New opportunities arising from optics and photonics offer even more potential, areas such as solar power, high-efficiency lighting, genome mapping, medical devices, and new optical capabilities that will be vital for supporting the continued exponential growth of the Internet.

A summary of the "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for our Nation" report and a link to the full document is at http://opticsandphotonics.org.

SPIE<http://spie.org/> is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Seminar - 9.14.12 / CREOL 102 / 11-12pm / “New Perspectives in Laser Spectroscopy as A Science for Sensing, Monitoring and Diagnostics”, Matthieu Baudelet


Seminar: “New Perspectives in Laser Spectroscopy as A Science for Sensing, Monitoring and Diagnostics”, Matthieu Baudelet
CREOL 102
Friday, September 14, 2012 / 11-12pm

Matthieu Baudelet
Laser & Plasma Laboratory, Townes Laser Institute,
CREOL – The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida

Abstract:
Lasers have had a profound impact on analytical sciences for the last 50 years, as light sources with higher brightness, irradiance, spectral resolution and coherence along with the improvement of spectral analyzers and detectors towards higher compactness, resolution and broader sensitivity range. These advances in technology have transformed the capabilities of laser spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool in applications ranging from environment monitoring, food analysis, national defense, to space exploration.
The Laser & Plasma Laboratory has been working to improve the integration of laser spectroscopy by providing spectral signatures of higher quality at both elemental and molecular level and replacing intensive chemical testing by spectroscopic analysis. With these advances we have tackled the inherent challenges associated with the extraction of quantitative information from complex spectra and samples by developing data analysis based on physical understanding of the spectral signatures. The Laser & Plasma Laboratory, in close collaboration with the National Center for Forensic Science at UCF, has worked on the development of chemometrics for quantitative decision making, especially for forensic analysis and Chemical, Biological Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) sensing.

This presentation provides an overview of applications of laser spectroscopy for atomic (LIBS) and molecular diagnostics (Ramans, IR absorption, fluorescence) performed during the last five years in the Laser & Plasma Laboratory towards quantitative analysis of food, bio-analysis, material characterization and CBRNE detection. Novel perspectives in laser spectroscopy for biomedical applications at the single cell level as well as metallomics for health monitoring will also be discussed along with future integration in food analysis, environment monitoring and stand-off quantitative sensing at the kilometer range by nonlinear laser propagation.

Biography:
Matthieu Baudelet graduated his B.S. in Physics in the University of Lille (France) in 2003, starting his experience in Spectroscopy with Fourier-Transform Microwave Spectroscopy. In 2005, he graduated his M.S. in "Laser and Spectroscopy" in the University of Lyon (France) and continued to complete his Ph.D. in the 'Laboratoire de Spectrom├ętrie Ionique et Mol├ęculaire' (Lasim, Lyon) working on "Laser-induced plasma and spectroscopic analysis" under the direction of Pr. Jin YU. He showed the advantages of LIBS for biological sensing and food monitoring and wrote publications on the use of femtosecond pulses to improve this technique and the development of analytical techniques to understand and extract the maximum of information from the LIBS spectrum of bacteria.
Once graduated, he joined the Laser & Plasma Laboratory in CREOL to lead the “Laser Spectroscopy and Sensing” activity as a Senior Research Scientist. This activity started with the combination of laser filamentation and LIBS for sensing applications at large distances of explosives under a DOD MURI program. For four years, he has developed and enlarged the scope of the activity to molecular spectroscopy (fluorescence, Raman, IR) and its fusion with atomic spectroscopy for food and environmental monitoring as well as optical manipulation and multi-spectral characterization of single biological cells with optical tweezers. A large aspect of his research concerns as well the quantitative extraction of information from spectroscopic data for high confidence decision making. His research led to the publication of 16 peer-reviewed papers, 2 patents, 13 conference proceedings, 6 press releases and more than 100 presentations in conferences.

For More Information:
Matthieu Baudelet


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

SPIE launches new journals open access program


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For immediate release



SPIE launches new open access program for all journals

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA - 22 August 2012 - SPIE has announced a new program that provides Gold Open Access upon publication for a journal article for which authors or their institutions pay voluntary page charges, beginning in January 2013. Authors will retain copyright under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

The new program covers articles in the journals<http://spie.org/journals> published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics:
*       Optical Engineering
*       Journal of Biomedical Optics
*       Journal of Electronic Imaging; co-published with IS&T
*       Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
*       Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
*       Journal of Nanophotonics
*       Journal of Photonics for Energy.

SPIE will continue open access publication at no cost to authors for all review and tutorial articles, and will continue to deposit NIH-funded articles with PubMed Central on the authors' behalf.

"SPIE is excited to offer this innovative open access program to further advance our goal of providing access to optics and photonics information to the broadest possible readership." said SPIE Publications Committee chair John Greivenkamp (College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona). "This is the most cost-effective solution to the challenge of open access that I know about!"

"The voluntary page charges are modest, but help support the journals and enable provision of open access," said SPIE Publications Business Development Manager Mary Summerfield. "For journals with two-column pages, the rate is $100 per published page; for journals with one column, it is $60 per published page. Thus, for a Letter the cost will be approximately $300 and for an average full paper it will be $700 to $800.  SPIE Journals will continue to offer subscriptions so that authors who do not want to or cannot afford to pay these page charges can continue to publish their articles in these journals."

With more than 375,000 journal articles and conference proceedings papers and 167 SPIE Press books, the SPIE Digital Library<http://spiedigitallibrary.org/> is the world's largest collection of optics and photonics literature.

To support researchers in developing or low-income countries, SPIE participates in the eJDS program <http://ejds.ictp.it/ejds> of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, providing papers on demand to individual scientists, and the Information Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications PERii program<http://www.inasp.info/file/5f65fc9017860338882881402dc594e4/perii.html>, providing access to libraries in developing nations at low or reduced rates.

Earlier this year, SPIE announced a freeze on subscription prices for 2013 -- the fourth freeze or price decrease in as many years -- in response to financial pressures faced by subscribing libraries.

SPIE<http://spie.org/> is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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Happy optics and photonics pros 'love' their work, new SPIE survey shows


For immediate release

  
Happy optics and photonics pros 'love' their work, new SPIE survey shows

BELLLINGHAM, Washington, USA - 12 August 2012 - More than 80% of respondents in a major new salary survey of the optics and photonics community<http://spie.org/salary> conducted by SPIE said that they enjoy their work and find it meaningful. The survey - the largest such international study of the industry - was conducted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and updates a similar effort from last year.

"Results showed that 82% of respondents say they enjoy their work, 87% find their work meaningful, and 89% respect the work of their peers," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "Majorities are also satisfied with their pay, their supervisors, and the positive recognition they receive, with 67% agreeing with the statement 'I love my work and I feel fortunate to get paid for doing it.'"

The section on job satisfaction was new this year, as were additional questions aimed at exploring differences between men's and women's perspectives.

While median salaries - at $73,000 - were about the same as last year although varying widely from region to region, median salaries for women trail those of men in every region. The greatest gap is in higher-income Asia, and the lowest in the Middle East.

The survey summary notes that the wide gaps are consistent with other surveys of workers in scientific fields, including Nature magazine's global study of scientists.

As in last year's survey, the highest median salaries are in North America and Oceania, and the lowest in Asia and Africa. Aerospace and semiconductor disciplines enjoy the highest median earnings, exceeding $100,000, and civil/environmental disciplines peg the lower end of the scale with a median of $35,896.

Salaries also differ widely by employer type. Within non-academic organizations, the range of median salaries is $62,861-$111,004. For academic organizations, the range is $21,537-$75,000.

"The stability evidenced by similarities in year-over-year results and the strong salary levels as compared to levels across all jobs reflect the strength of the optics and photonics sector and the high value that these jobs contribute to the economy," Arthurs said.

Specific job opportunities vary between regions, but the trends are positive. "We hear from our academic members in many industrialized regions that their graduates often have several job offers awaiting them on graduation, and we hear from industry that some regions have trouble finding qualified new employees," he said. "So there clearly is opportunity in many areas for jobs that not only pay well but also yield quality-of-life satisfactions and the ability to make a difference. We look forward to the day - and it will come - when this level of opportunity will be there for optics and photonics graduates everywhere, as the Century of the Photon goes global."

Regarding gender salary differences, Arthurs noted that the data point up the need for the industry to look more closely at pay equity. "It is disappointing that such a forward-looking and innovative sector mimics the historical injustice in this," he said. "We hope to see more women quickly realize the leadership positions in the field that their work and capabilities deserve."

See the survey results at http://spie.org/salary

SPIE<http://spie.org/> is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

SATURDAY EXCHANGE: Medical Device Companies - Past, Present & Future in Florida (Saturday, September 8th)

  





THE SATURDAY EXCHANGE: Medical Device Companies - Past, Present & Future in Florida
Where are we going?
And how should we position ourselves?

WHEN: Saturday, September 8th

TIME: 8:30 AM - Noon  

COST: $15 BioFlorida Members & $20 Future Members
*Please note, there will be an additional $5 charged for walk-in registrations.

WHERE: UM Life Science & Technology Park  
1951 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
  
UM Life Science & Technology Park 

Agenda

8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration & Networking
Coffee and continental breakfast will be served

9:00 - 9:10 AM Welcome: Greg Nelson, Partner, Novak, Druce + Quigg and Lori Burke, Principal, Strategion Consulting

9:10 - 9:40 AM Rudy Kranys, Past President, Cordis Angiographic Products Division

9:40 - 10:00 AM Break

10:00 - 10:30 AM Helen Cauthorn, Life Science Specialist, Chubb

10:30 - 10:50 AM Break

10:50 - 11:20 AM Mario Martinez, Partner, Tecnix, LLC

11:20 - 11:25 AM Closing Remarks Rick Hall, ACC Hall/The BioInsure Program

11:30 - Noon Additional Networking

Speaker Bios 

Rudy Kranys
Rudy Kranys is past president of Cordis Angiographic Products Division in Miami (now part of J&J), founder of Medrad in Pittsburgh PA (now part of Bayer), partner of Syntheon and advisor/mentor to many other medical device start-ups. Rudy had a very successful career at the helm of Cordis, increasing revenue twelve-fold. Under his leadership, Cordis became number one or number two in every product line. To be this successful, you must drive innovation and new product at a fast pace and stay ahead of the next company. Rudy will discuss the keys for doing this and how a medical device company should position itself for success in the future.

Helen Cauthorn
Helen Cauthorn is a Life Science Specialist at Chubb in Tampa. Much of the future of a medical device company depends on operating in the global economy. Helen will offer a plan to mitigate the risk of lawsuits as you navigate the international landscape. There are potential minefields when looking at the range of laws, quality of manufacturing, patient care, ways of doing business and insurance available from country to country. This discussion includes what to look out for when setting up foreign subcontract manufacturers and foreign clinical trials. A special focus will be on Latin American countries.

Mario Martinez
Mario Martinez is a partner at Tecnix, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in Latin America business development. South Florida has a rich history of medical device innovation; however, many of these companies have been lost to acquisitions and entrepreneurial brain drain. Mario will explore the history of this dynamic industry and why South Florida's best days may be ahead if it can focus on its strengths. Mario's background is diverse. He has been a serial entrepreneur, he has been issued patents for medical devices, and he has been a corporate officer in four initial public offerings. Most recently, Mario was an executive at Smith and Nephew in charge of Latin America. Mario has his roots in South Florida where he has served as an engineer for Dade Reagents and Key Pharmaceuticals, Manager of Manufacturing and Systems Engineering for Coulter Diagnostics, Manager of Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Development for Cordis and President of Heartware.

About BioFlorida  

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than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology,
pharmaceutical and medical device fields employing 61,000 Floridians.
BioFlorida's member-driven initiatives provide a strong business climate for
production of quality, life-improving technologies and promote economic
benefits to the state.  

Visit www.bioflorida.com for more information.

For Membership information or to join please visit www.bioflorida.com or call
Stacey Silver, VP of Member Relations at 561-653-3839. If you join within 7 days
of this program you will receive a 5% discount off your first year membership.

Driving Directions   

The UM Life Science & Technology Park, Research & Development Building 1, is located on the Northeastern section of the Miami Health District at the intersection of NW 20th Street and NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. Its central location makes it ideal for businesses, less than 10 minutes to both the business district of downtown Miami and the Miami International Airport.

From I-95, from points North:
Exit I-95 at SR 836 West, exit number 3-A. Exit SR 836 at NW 14th St. Head West to NW 9 Ave (Bob Hope Road). Turn right on 9th Ave North to NW 17th Street. Turn right on 17th St. East to NW 7th Ave. Turn left on NW 7th Ave. Head North on NW 7th Ave., entrance to park Leasing Office will be on the right after NW 17th St. directly off of 7th Avenue.

From I-95, from points South and East:
Exit I-95 at SR 836 West. Exit SR 836 at NW 12th Ave. and turn right onto NW 12th Ave. Turn right at NW 14th St. Head East to NW 7th Ave. Turn left at NW 7th Ave. Head North on NW 7th Ave. and entrance to park Leasing Office will be on the right after NW 17th St. directly off of 7th Avenue.

From SR 836 (Airport), and from points West:
Take SR 836 East and exit at NW 17th Ave., North. Take the Hospitals and Civic Center Exit, which is at the far right toll booths. Follow signs and turn right at the stop sign on NW 17th Ave. Head North and turn right at NW 14th St. Head East to NW 7th Ave. Turn left at NW 7th Ave. Head North on NW 7th Ave. and entrance to park Leasing Office will be on the right after NW 17th St. directly off of 7th Avenue.