OSC Part of National Team to Launch Photonics Institute

    Date Posted: 
    Friday, August 7, 2015

    On July 27, Vice President Joe Biden announced that a New York-based public-private partnership had been selected to receive $110 million in federal funding to advance U.S. leadership in photonic integrated circuits. The College of Optical Sciences is a key member within a consortium of 124 colleges, companies and laboratories across the country that will be part of the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). OSC will receive funding for faculty to conduct research as well as for students to be trained in working with the technology.

    UA College of Optical Sciences - AIM Photonics Institute

    “The partnership is significant,” said Dean Thomas L. Koch, who will chair the Technology Advisory Board for AIM Photonics. “But what’s more important is that we’re very deeply involved in a very significant national effort. The connections and the benefit of being in the middle of the storm is huge.”

    The $110 million of federal funding will be combined with a generous $250 million from the State of New York and matching contributions from industry and other states totaling over $500 million for the duration of the program.

    For more on this revolutionary partnership, see these comprehensive articles on UANews, Optics.org, and SPIE.org as well as numerous articles in our Media Mentions section.