Alfred University To Be A Part of New Photonics Institute In Rochester

July 27, 2015
ROCHESTER, NY – Vice President Joe Biden met with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Tom Reed in Rochester this morning to talk about photonics.
The governor says this new photonics institute in Rochester shows how New York is a place for big thinking. “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by Vice President Joe Biden to announce that New York has been selected by the Department of Defense to lead a prestigious, multi-state Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation,” the governor’s press office stated. “The selection is part of a White House initiative to secure the United States’ global leadership in emerging technology research, development, and manufacturing. Photonics harnesses the power of light to move data at great speeds, and the research done at the new Institute will integrate photonics components to revolutionize computer chips, making them faster, smaller, and more reliable with a wide range of applications, including medical technology, defense, telecommunications, the Internet, and information technology.”
Congressman Reed says the work on photonics is the first result of his RAMI or Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation Act.
The congressman also noted that Alfred University will be a big part of this new institute.
So what part will Alfred University play? “Their engineer school has made a $500,000 investment,” said Reed, who explains that the university will be a part of the engineering and technology development at the new institute in Monroe County.