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We are a world leader in high precision optical manufacturing, delivering custom optics to a wide range of innovators around the globe. Meeting these goals demands the right people. Teamwork, adaptability, and an enthusiastic approach to problem-solving are central to the Optimax culture. But what unites all our employees best is a hunger to continuously learn. We strive to find driven individuals who are committed to lifelong learning; who will continue to add value in their work throughout long and successful careers.



Ale’ Mendoza

Director of Human Resources

Ale’ started his journey at Optimax in 2006, after retiring from the US Air Force.

Since then he has led the charge in planning, directing, management, and implementation of our human resource development programs for 350+ employees revolving around employment processing, employee relations, career path development, compensation, compliance, training and development, continuous improvement, and performance management.

“I get to collaborate alongside a team that is passionate and determined to fulfill our mission and committed to having fun.”



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We’re pleased to announce that Alejandro Mendoza, Human Resources Director at Optimax, has been appointed by National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships to serve on a …

Join Finger Lakes Works on Thursday, January 21st, for a virtual Employer Panel for Veterans and their families. Optimax Human Resources Director, Ale’ Mendoza, will present along with Mary Granger …

Six local human resources executives will be honored at the third annual HR Executive of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Rochester affiliate of the National Human Resource Association, including …



  • National Skills Coaliton
  • BLU Leadership
  • FAME
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce


Ale’ holds an associate degree in physical studies from Monroe Community College (MCC), a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and a master’s degree in organizational learning and human resources development from St. John Fisher College.


Before joining Optimax, Ale’ was a member of the United States Air Force, where he served in a variety of specialized roles. His military career included assignments with Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Missile Warning, Space Surveillance, and Aircrew Life Support systems and training.
In addition to his current role at Optimax, Ale’ has a passion for collaborating and building relationships with workforce development organizations. Ale’ serves the local community as a member of the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (FAME), the Finger Lakes Community College foundation board, and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce HR Executive forum. At the same time, regionally, he’s a member of the NY state workforce strategy group – Invest in skills NY coalition, and nationally, he serves as a board member of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and partners with the National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United, including a member of their Manufacturing Industry Recovery Panel.

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