RPO welcomes Clinton Braine to the Business Development team. In his Director of Business Development – Life Sciences role, Braine will contribute to RPO's advancement in optics for the life sciences and medical device markets. Prior to joining RPO, he worked in support of life science customers for Thermo Fisher Scientific and Newport Corp.
Rochester Precision Optics has just announced the appointment of Randall Shaw as company president. After more than 30 years in the defense industry, Shaw has worked with RPO’s leadership, operations, engineering and production in an advisory role.
We're pleased to announce that two key members of our team will be stepping into new roles. Mike Davenport, current Director of Product Engineering, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and Adam Dunn is now the Director of Business Development & Marketing.
With continuous record-pace growth, Rochester Precision Optics is expanding their team and will host an in-house career fair on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6-8pm for interested and qualified candidates. Held at their facility at 850 John Street West Henrietta, N.Y., RPO looks forward to meeting potential new team members during the career fair.
Rochester Precision Optics' design engineer Jamie Ramsey will give a technical presentation at the 2017 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) show in Anaheim, April 9-13. Formerly Defense + Security, DCS is a leading event among defense, security, medical device, and environmental professionals. Attendees gain insight on the latest advancements in sensing and imaging technologies including infrared, LIDAR, sensors, and spectral imaging.
RPO's Director of Advanced Programs Rick Bryant will be attending the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC this week. The forum, which is held every October, attracts more than 26,000 attendees from around the world. In addition to attending military and national security presentations and panel discussions, attendees will hear from top Army leaders and see the latest Army research on display in the Innovators Corner.
Rochester Precision Optics, LLC (RPO) has been awarded a grant from the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to pursue chalcogenide glass IR optic development for quantum cascade lasers.
RPO, after successful completion of Phase 1 STTR, seeks to develop a fast axis collimating lens for quantum cascade lasers (QCL), which are tunable to emit in the full infrared range. Because primary applications are wide, the lenses must withstand the stress of both continuous wave and pulsed laser emission. Lenses for this application are not known to currently exist, making RPO first in the industry to achieve a working prototype.
“Our work in developing chalcogenide IR lenses for QCL is just one example of RPO’s commitment to innovation,” said RPO President Dane Hileman.
To date, RPO has successfully designed the lens, as well as test materials and coatings for damage threshold. By the end of Phase 1, a working prototype was produced and provided to the Air Force for testing.
“We had great results with the prototype,” said Dr. George Lindberg, RPO’s Glass Materials Manager and principal investigator on the project. With no damage recorded during testing, Dr. Lindberg is looking forward to progressing the design and manufacturability process in Phase 2.
Although QCL systems are in their infancy, price and performance improvements have opened up commercialization opportunities for QCL. Potential applications range from military systems to spectroscopy, including medical, scientific, research, security and pollution monitoring. RPO projects that continued market growth for quantum cascade lasers will result in similar market growth for chalcogenide lenses.
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR; https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr#sttr-program) is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. The program is focused on the expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The STTR program requires small businesses to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.