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Professors Schoenfeld and Richardson Join Group Making Recommendations Toward National Photonics Initiative

Essential TechnologiesWinston Schoenfeld and Martin Richardson will join industrial and academic leaders in Washington, D.C. next week to supply recommendations toward the development of the National Photonics Initiative.

In response to the Essential Technologies report by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an ad hoc advisory committee has charged subcommittees representative of major US industries and academia to define the role of the emerging initiative. These groups will identify major barriers to progress (technological and regulatory), efficient methods for federal and private research investment, and workforce needs in each of the major industries that rely on optical technology – communication, manufacturing, defense, health, and energy.

In preparation for the EU’s Horizons 2020 research funding program, Photonics 21 emerged out of interested industry to make recommendations that are tied to economic indicators. In a similar vein, the NPI subcommittees are largely industry driven to supply a market “pull” perspective that can be heard along with the research community’s technology “push” point of view.

Key members of the White House, US Congress, US funding agencies, as well as major industry players all stand at the ready to take action, intent to hear from a technological sector that enables the majority of our high-tech economy.

For more information:
Matt D. Weed
NPI Advisory Committee
mweed@creol.ucf.edu

Posted Friday, February 22, 2013

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