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Emil Wolf 1922-2018

Emil Wolf, a longtime University of Rochester professor whose pioneering theories connected fundamental equations describing electromagnetism to the observable properties of light, has died at age 95.

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US patent office issues its 10 millionth patent to Rochester alumnus

June 20, 2018

Joseph Marron ’86, an alumnus of the Institute of Optics, has more than 20 patents to his cred ...

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Guo and Vorobyev Receive T.C. Graham Prize

June 4, 2018

Chunlei Guo, professor of optics, and senior scientist Anatoliy Vorobyev, have received the 2017 T.C ...

Xu Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

May 17, 2018

Di Xu has been awarded a 2018 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international ...

Jannick Rolland Honored as Influential Woman Pioneer in Augmented and Virtual Reality

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As part of Women’s History Month, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) is celebrating eight of the w ...

Former Institute Director Now Imperial College Provost

March 10, 2018

Former Institute professor and director Ian Walmsley was recently appointed Provost of Imperial Coll ...

Institute Professor Marciante Joins with FemtoRoc Corp on Massive Laser Project

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Institute Professor Duncan Moore Wins Bryand Award

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The IA Program provides training and informational benefits to participating companies and allows the Institute to learn more about industry needs and concerns. This exchange improves our partners’ ability to use modern optical technology while increasing our ability to educate individuals to assume key roles within their companies.

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Photon Camp 2018

Optics Camp for Local High School Students

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The Photon Camp is a free, one-week program where rising high school juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering.

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Gina Kern receiving her award

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Gina Kern receives 2018 Outstanding Staff Award

Gina Kern, the administrative assistant to the director of The Institute of Optics, is the 2018 recipient of the Hajim Outstanding Staff Award. Gina has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the students, staff, and faculty of The Institute of Optics while serving under four directors; she has truly been “the face of the institute, the heart of the staff, and the keeper of institutional memory.” She will be sorely missed when she retires later this year.

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