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Integrated Photonics Makes Our Electronics More Efficient

September 23, 2020

Photonic packaging from the Cardenas lab.

As electricity travels in wires it generates heat and leads to losses in power. Can you imagine a day where cell phones, laptops, and other electronics don’t heat up? We, in the Cardenas Lab, are working on a technology that will make this dream a reality.


In Remembrance of John Kanwisher

June 8, 2020

John Kanwisher passed away on May 7, 2020. He was an alumnus of the Institute, graduating in 1947 after an accelerated undergraduate program and service in the US Navy during World War II. He earned a PhD in biophysics from the University of Rochester in 1951 and went on to a career and a life full of adventure, discovery, and invention.


Newman Receives Dottie Welch Award

April 30, 2020

Dustin Newman

Dustin Newman, undergraduate program manager at the Institute of Optics, is the 2020 recipient of the Dottie Welch Award, given annually to a Hajim School staff member “whose performance and dedication enriches the student experience” in the tradition exemplified by the former undergraduate coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.


A strong Rochester showing in 2020 OSA awards

March 18, 2020

OSA photo collage.

The University of Rochester—and the Institute of Optics in particular—are well represented in the 2020 awards presented by the Optical Society (OSA), the leading professional association for optics and photonics.


Professor Renninger receives CAREER and RO1 awards

February 4, 2020

Will Renninger

William Renninger, assistant professor of optics, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award and an RO1 award from the National Institutes of Health.


Professor Kruschwitz elected to board of Inter-Society Color Council

January 29, 2020

Jennifer Kruschwitz, assistant professor of optics, in her lab.

Jennifer Kruschwitz, assistant professor of optics, has been elected a board member of the Inter-Society Color Council, the principal professional society in the field of color in the United States.