Wednesday, July 31, 2013

URGENT – please attend a meeting with US Rep. John Mica on 7 August

As part of the effort to support the National Photonics Initiative (NPI - and the recommendations in the NPI white paper “Lighting the Path to a Competitive, Secure Future” that was issued in May, a Congressional Town Hall meeting has been organized by UCF, FPC, OSA and SPIE to brief Rep. John Mica, U.S. Representative for Florida's 7th congressional district.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 7, from 9am-noon in the CREOL building at UCF [Room 102; directions at].  The main agenda is shown below.  If you, and/or any of your colleagues, wish to attend this important event to help show support of the NPI and the importance of photonics to Florida, please send an RSVP to no later than Monday, 5 August. Your RSVP should include the following information for each attendee:


Directions and a parking pass will be sent to all who RSVP.

If you have questions, please call me at (407)451-2199 or email at jpearson @ creol . ucf . edu

Best regards,
Jim Pearson, FPC Executive Director
Agenda:  Congressional Town Hall meeting with US Rep. John Mica
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

9:00am – 9:20am        Coffee reception in CREOL room 102 for attendees
9:20am – 9:25am        Rep. Mica joins reception and greets attendees
9:30am – 9:40am        M.J. Soileau: welcome to Rep. Mica; comments on crucial role of optics as enabler of technology and the central Florida economy; NPI call for education & research and the opportunities available at UCF
9:40am – 9:50am        Alex Fong: comments on central Florida as prime example of NPI goals through public-private partnership; highlights of workforce development and industry success stories from the region
9:50am – 10:00am      Bahaa Saleh: overview of CREOL research agenda framed by NPI industry groups; industry-university partnerships and spin-outs from CREOL.
10:00am – 10:05am    Alex Fong: thanks to attendees for attending
10:05am – 11:10am   Rep. Mica is escorted on tour of CREOL labs; attendees network in CREOL 102
11:10am – 11:30am   Rep. Mica returns to CREOL 102 for closing remarks and discussion
11:30am --                  Rep. Mica departs

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