Peter Emmel, a well-known Senior Optical Engineer in the Rochester, New York optics community, celebrates his 50th anniversary working in the optics industry this year. We caught up with Peter in the midst of a typically busy day.
Many startups, when trying to scale up from concept to optical prototyping, find themselves facing gaps in skills and staffing. Building and testing optical assemblies requires specialized personnel and facilities. For optical applications in particular, the expense to acquire talent and equipment is cost-prohibitive, especially at early stages of development. At that stage, the work volume may not warrant maintaining a laboratory and hiring full-time technical staff.
Outside of work, Clint Braine spends much of his time enjoying the arts —tasting and cooking new recipes, reading fiction novels, or sitting on the Critique Committee of the Rochester International Film Festival. His role with RPO, on the other hand, involves the company’s growth into the life sciences market. He shares his experience as a relatively new RPO employee and the opportunities he's had so far.