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Qiang Lin receives inaugural Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow Award

December 5, 2014

Congratulations to Qiang Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and optics at the University of Rochester. Qiang has been named the first Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow. The award recognizes exceptional achievement by a junior faculty member in coherence and quantum optics. Lin received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the Institute of Optics, where he worked as a graduate student in the laboratory of Govind Agrawal. “He published 30 research papers before graduating, a record that is unlikely to be broken,” said Agrawal, the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics and professor of physics.

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Optics is cool. And hot as a matter of fact!

October 27, 2014

And it has been said before - Science can be fun :-)

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COS celebrates 50th anniversary

October 20, 2014

Congratulations to the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona on their 50th anniversary!

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Julie Bentley excels in undergraduate teaching

October 18, 2014

Congratulations to Julie Bentley, Associate Professor of Optics, who is one of three recipients of the University's 2014 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching! 

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Optics student Michelle Relin exemplifies the successful life of a student-athlete

October 8, 2014

Michelle Relin, who has played field hockey since 7th grade, always dreamed of being a college athlete.  That dream has come true – and how. When she scored two goals and assisted on another during a recent game against St. Lawrence, she became UR’s all-time leading field hockey scorer. (Read more here.) On the other hand, Relin didn’t know anything about optics when she arrived here as a freshmen, but she’s hoping to make a mark in that field as well.

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"Weird science" making NBC News

September 25, 2014

Joseph Choi, Optics graduate student and his advisor, John Howell, were featured on NBC News this week, showing how to make an invisibility cloak- sort of.

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Work in Nick Vamivakas' group gets featured on DOE website

September 15, 2014

Nick Vamivakas, Assistant Professor of Quantum Optics and Quantum Physics (senior author),  graduate students Kenneth Goodfellow (lead author) and Ryan Beams of Optics, and  Chitraleema Chakraborty of Materials Science, published a paper describing a new combination of materials that can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire. 

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Per Adamson honored with Outstanding Staff Award

September 5, 2014

Per Adamson, director of the teaching labs at The Institute of Optics, was honored last night at the Hajim School's 2014 Annual Fall Reception with the Outstanding Staff Award. Congratulations!

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Jon Ellis receives STTR grant and is named associate editor

September 5, 2014

Jonathan Ellis, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Optics, is co-PI on a just-funded Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Dates announced for Industrial Associates Fall meeting

September 2, 2014

This fall we are holding our Industrial Associates meeting from Sunday, October 12th through Tuesday, October 14th.  

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Welcome to incoming optics students

August 27, 2014

The director of the Institute of Optics, Prof. Xi-Cheng Zhang, extends a warm welcome to the incoming optics students.

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Optical engineering student wins contest to receive seed money for cool project

August 27, 2014

This summer, Pedro Vallejo Ramirez, a rising junior at the Institute of Optics submitted a proposal for a project to showcase the power of sunlight using optics in the International Year of Light (2015).

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Second Photon Camp 'illuminates' optics for visiting high school students

July 18, 2014

The Institute of Optics held its second annual Photon Camp last week, with 18 students from several local high schools and the Bergen Academy in New Jersey attending lectures in the mornings, and getting some hands-on experience in the laboratory during the afternoons. The students, who also worked on weeklong projects, toured local company Optimax, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering. This is another example of the Institute's efforts to attract top students to its undergraduate program. Congratulations to staff members Dan Smith and Per Adamson, lecturer Brian McIntyre, faculty members Jim Zavislan, Nick Vamivakas, Wayne Knox and Julie Bentley, Alexis Vogt and Jim VanKouwenberg of the faculty at Monroe Community College, and Optics students Sarah Bjornland, Lauren Brownlee, Jiashi (Maggie) Han, David Manly, Rebecca Pettenski, Sean Reid, Ray Lopez-Rios, Michelle Relin and Katelynn Sharma -- who served as mentors or gave presentations -- for helping to make the camp a success!

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Second Photon Camp under way

July 7, 2014

During their week at Photon Camp, 18 students from several local high schools and the Bergen Academy in New Jersey will attend lectures in the mornings, and get some hands on experience in the laboratory during the afternoons. Students will also have a chance to tour local company Optimax and the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics and the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering.

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Robert Boyd receives honorary doctorate

June 24, 2014

Robert Boyd, professor of optics and physics and a pioneer in the field of nonlinear optical physics, will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. 

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Graduate student Anthony Yee receives NSF fellowship

June 23, 2014

Congratulations to Anthony Yee, an Optics Ph.D. student working with Prof. Duncan Moore. Anthony is a recipient of a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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New graduate program coordinator

June 2, 2014

Kari BrickKari Brick joins us June 16 as the new Graduate Program Coordinator at The Institute for Optics. Kari comes to us from Binghamton University where she has been a resident director. She previously worked at Canisius College in the Office of Graduate Admissions, and as an international peer mentor and interim director of community service. She was also an academic mentor at Buffalo State College. Let's extend a warm welcome to Kari!

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Nick Vamivakas receives University Research Award

May 14, 2014

More good news from our faculty:

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Orvitz Corp wins Grand Prize at 2014 Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest

May 2, 2014

Ovitz Corporation, whose officers and team members include Hajim students Joung Yoon (Felix) Kim, a senior in Optical Engineering; Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez, a sophomore in Optical Engineering; Samuel Steven ’13 (Optical Engineering), a master's student in the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management program; Aizhong Zhang, a TEAM master's student and PhD candidate in Optical Engineering; and Len Zheleznyak, a PhD student in Optical Engineering, won the grand prize of $50,000, including $25,000 cash, at the 2014 Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest on Friday. And that's not all; the Ovitz team took second place and $5,000 in the Biotechnology/HealthCare category at the New York Business Plan Competition finals held recently.  Ovitz has developed a hand-held instrument to determine an accurate prescription for corrective lenses.

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Prof. David Williams named member of National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2014

David Williams, Professor of Medical Optics and one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The honor is one of the highest given to a scientist in the United States. 

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Graduate student Alex Iacchetta receives NASA fellowship

April 22, 2014

Alex Iacchetta, a Ph.D. student working with James Fienup, the Robert E. Hopkins Professor of Optics, has received a 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship for his proposal, "Astro-Interferometric Modeling and Spatio-Spectral Reconstruction," in concert with activities at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The fellowship, worth about $68,000 a year when stipend and various allowances are included, is for one year, renewable for an additional two years. Kudos to Professor Fienup as well, for a string of outstanding student accomplishments coming out of his lab.

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Optics professors secure award for CTSI incubator pilot project

April 22, 2014

More good news from our faculty:

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Photon Cup ends in a tie, but cup goes to Physics after penalty kick decision

April 15, 2014

The purpose of the Photon Cup is to bring together optics undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff in a common pursuit to build meaningful relationships outside of the academic setting. During the preparation for and the soccer game itself, strong bonds were formed within our department, creating team spirit and fostering the idea of an "Optics family". Winning is only a secondary goal (and we all know that penalty kicks are almost like the lottery, right? ). The optics team showed an extraordinary display of spirit and teamwork in the field today, and for this we applaud everybody!

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Photon Camp held again this summer after last year's success

April 10, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Optics is offering a Photon Camp in 2014 as well. After last year's huge success (see the blog here), the camp is slated to be run from July 7th through 11th from 8:15am to 4:15pm each day.

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Jannick Rolland to receive the OSA David Richardson Medal

March 28, 2014

The Optical Society (OSA) just announced the names of the 2014 recipients of its prestigious awards and medals. The winners include The Institute of Optics' Prof. Jannick P. Rolland who will receive the David Richardson Medal for significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector. Jannick is being recognized for visionary contributions and leadership in optical design and engineering, enabling noninvasive, optical biopsy. She and the other award winners—hailing from seven different countries—join an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their sustained excellence in the field of optics.

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First optics student admitted to MD-PhD program at UofR

February 26, 2014


Dan SavageDaniel Savage of The Institute of Optics has been accepted by the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry into the Medical Scientist Training Program. This NIH-sponsored program trains outstanding students to undertake careers in biomedical research and academic medicine through an integrated program of graduate training in the biomedical sciences and clinical training. Graduates receive the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, and many of them pursue careers in basic biomedical or clinical research. Daniel would be the first student in the Institute's history to earn a Ph.D. and M.D from the University of Rochester. That will be quite an achievement!

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Agenda for Industrial Associates Spring meeting is now posted!

February 24, 2014

The Spring 2014 meeting will be held in its traditional two-day format with talks, posters and company presentations, followed by an evening reception on Monday, March 3 and an interview session on Tuesday, March 4, where Industrial Associates will have the opportunity to interview interested Optics students. Interviews will be conducted on campus in Goergen Hall on that day.

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Xi-Cheng Zhang receives SPIE Fellow recognition at Photonics West

February 20, 2014

The director of the Institute of Optics, Professor Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang has been elected to the grade of Fellow of SPIE. Dr. Zhang received his recognition and plaque at the Photonics West Fellows Luncheon on February 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. Congratulations!

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Robert Boyd elected SPIE fellow

February 4, 2014

Here’s good news from Robert Boyd, Professor of Optics and of Physics, and his lab team: Dr. Boyd has been elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his achievements in nonlinear optics. To see the official press release, click here.

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Graduate application deadline extended to February 1

January 16, 2014

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Graduate application deadline extended to February 1

January 16, 2014

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2013 - The year in review

January 2, 2014

Recognitions and awards, a summer Photon Camp, the Center for Freeform Optics, endowed Scholarships, and a Chaired Professorship are a few highlights. With an inspired focus on outreach, 2013 became a year of significant growth in undergraduate and MS student numbers. Despite government uncertainties, our faculty remained concentrated and productive, maintaining strong leadership, and continuing ground-breaking research. International collaboration expanded, with MOU’s in five countries resulting in increased opportunities.  

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2013 - The year in review

January 2, 2014

Recognitions and awards, a summer Photon Camp, the Center for Freeform Optics, endowed Scholarships, and a Chaired Professorship are a few highlights. With an inspired focus on outreach, 2013 became a year of significant growth in undergraduate and MS student numbers. Despite government uncertainties, our faculty remained concentrated and productive, maintaining strong leadership, and continuing ground-breaking research. International collaboration expanded, with MOU’s in five countries resulting in increased opportunities.  

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