RPO Expands Capabilities and Workforce in Optics for Health & Life Sciences Applications

Posted September 20, 2017 by The RPO Team & filed under Meet the Team, Trends

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.

Randall Shaw Named President of Rochester Precision Optics

Posted June 5, 2017 by The RPO Team & filed under News & Events

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.

Familiar Faces, Exciting Changes: Announcing Role Changes at RPO

Posted May 26, 2017 by The RPO Team & filed under News & Events, Meet the Team

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.

RPO to Host In-House Career Fair – April 27, 2017 from 6-8pm

Posted April 21, 2017 by Adam Dunn & filed under News & Events

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.

RPO's Design Engineer Jamie Ramsey to Present at SPIE DCS 2017

Posted March 23, 2017 by Adam Dunn & filed under News & Events, Engineering & Design

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 to Showcase IR Molding & Night Vision Objectives at SPIE Photonics West

Posted December 27, 2016 by Aimee Schenck & filed under News & Events

At booth 607 in the New York aisle, visitors can learn more about Rochester Precision Optics' advanced capabilities.

RPO will Offer CNOD Demos During 2017 SHOT Show

Posted December 22, 2016 by Aimee Schenck & filed under News & Events, CNOD

Members of the RPO team will be attending the 2017 NSSF SHOT Show January 17-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada where they will provide demos of the new CMOS Night Observation Device (CNOD).

Rochester Precision Optics to Host In-House Career Fair

Posted October 13, 2016 by Aimee Schenck & filed under News & Events

Rochester Precision Optics (RPO) is pleased to announce that they will be hosting an in-house career fair on Oct. 19, 2016 at their offices located at 850 John Street West Henrietta, N.Y.

RPO's Director of Advanced Program Attends AUSA 2016

Posted October 4, 2016 by Aimee Schenck & filed under News & Events, CNOD

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 Wins Phase 2 STTR Grant for Chalcogenide Glass Mid-IR

Posted September 9, 2016 by Aimee Schenck & filed under News & Events

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.


About STTR

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.