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#FacesofPhotonics: Optimax Director of Technology and Strategy, Jessica DeGroote Nelson

SPIE Senior Member Jessica DeGroote Nelson works as the director of technology and strategy at Optimax Systems in Ontario, New York. She also teaches as an adjunct assistant professor at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester (UR), and is a Conference Chair for SPIE Optifab

Optimax Named One of Rochester’s Top Workplaces

The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback. The employee survey was conducted by Workplace Dynamics, with more than 800 workplaces invited to take part in the survey and 45 companies made the cut. See full list of Top Workplaces

The Estimator: Estimate the Cost of Your Prototype Optics

The Estimator is a unique tool designed to allow an optical designer to input parameters and adjust tolerances to get  an estimated cost of prototype optics.This empowers the designer to find the best balance of performance versus cost. Learn More

Executive Perspectives On The World Of Optics And Photonics

At Photonics West 2014 ,seven top executives from photonics and optics companies offered insights on current trends and future opportunities in the industry during the panel session on “Executive Perspectives on the World of Optics and Photonics”, including Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax. Cl ....

Employee Spotlight: Tom Starin

Title: Accountant Experience: Revenue and Profitability Analyst, Xerox Corporation Education: B.S. in Meteorology, Penn State University, MBA in Finance/Accounting, University of Rochester Fun Facts: My favorite thing to do: See new places, which include annual ski trips and weekend getaways. T ....

Innovation: Optimax Sponsors Slope Tolerance Webinar

Optical Society of America: Surface Slope Tolerances This webinar will describe the effects of surface slope errors – concentrating on the “mid spatial frequency” region – on image quality, and will describe methods for determining tolerances for surface slope. Presented ....

On the Road: Optifab

SPIE Optifab is the largest optical fabrication event in North America, and it only happens every other year. When: October 14-17 Where: Rochester Riverside Convention Center Rochester, NY Visit Optimax at Booth 503 Featuring: Stop by to see an extreme freeform fused silica optic that we will h ....

What’s New: Asphere Production Cell

What: Precision asphere manufacturing lean cell Capabilities: This will allow us to create rotational symmetric aspheric lenses in production quantities. These types of lenses are used in imaging systems to reduce, size and weight while improving overall system performance. When: Cell will be o ....

Jimmy VanKouwenberg Wins RRPC Education Award

The RRPC Education Award went to James Van Kouwenberg, training coordinator and master optician at Optimax Systems (Ontario, NY), for "inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development."

Funding for University Research Grants

Being a leader and active participant in the optics industry allows Optimax to give back through local activities and educational outreach focused on cutting-edge technology and processes. Each year we give back to our university affiliate partners with the opportunity to apply for grants.  We ....

Coating Expansion: 4,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility fully operational July 2013

Coatings are a critical and often risky step in the manufacturing of complex optical  systems. You’ll get finished optics faster because of our ownership of the complete manufacturing process. Our new coating expansion can manufacture optical coatings for wavelengths from 193nm to 6000nm ....

Innovation: Optimax Sponsoring Webinars

Optimax is helping  create recognition for manufacturing technology through webinars. The following webinars examine the growing technologies and advancements in the optics industry: Optical Society of America: Guidelines for Calculating Measurement Uncertainty of Interferometric Radius Present ....

Employee Spotlight: Anne Tausch

Title: Key Account Manager Experience: More than 20 years of technical sales and management in the optics industry Education: Bachelors Degree in Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology and Associates from Monroe Community College in Optical Engineering Technology Fun Facts: My favo ....

Employee Spotlight: Mark Palvino

Employee Title: Vice President of Sales Years at Optimax: New Hire Hometown: Pittsford Experience: More than 25 years of technical sales and management experience in the areas of laser systems, interferometers, optics, metrology solutions, microwave communications, IP telephony and enterprise s ....

Optimax Contributes 10K to Inagural FAME Scholarship

The new FAME scholarship will be offered to students pursuing an education that prepares them for em...
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Make the 5% Pledge

To succeed, manufacturers need a skilled workforce, strong business model, leadership and a thriving...
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Freedom of Freeforms

Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are n...
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Short Course: Infrared Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer (SC1136)

Short Course: Infrared Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer (SC1136)...
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Jim VanKouwenberg Receives MCC Service Award For Career Technical Education

Jim dedicates much of his free time teaching the next generation about optics, both internally at Op...
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Employee Spotlight: Joe Serio

Name: Joe Serio Title: Group Leader Role: Joe currently is a group leader specializing in prot...
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Jim VanKouwenberg Receives MCC Service Award For Career Technical Education

Jim dedicates much of his free time teaching the next generation about optics, both internally at Op...
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Short Course: Infrared Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer (SC1136)

Short Course: Infrared Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer (SC1136)...
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Presentation: Freeform optical manufacturing and testing processes for IR conformal window and domes

Presentation: Freeform optical manufacturing and testing processes for IR conformal window and domes...
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Presentation: Freeform optical manufacturing and testing processes for IR conformal window and domes...
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Freedom of Freeforms

Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are n...
Read more

Make the 5% Pledge

To succeed, manufacturers need a skilled workforce, strong business model, leadership and a thriving...
Read more

Optimax Contributes 10K to Inagural FAME Scholarship

The new FAME scholarship will be offered to students pursuing an education that prepares them for em...
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Optimax: Customer Success & Employee Prosperity

Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its peopl...
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Optimax Named One of Rochester's Top Workplaces

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Employee Spotlight: Joseph Spilman

 Name: Joseph Spilman  Title: Sr. Business Development Manager  Role: Help leverage Optimax...
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Website: Optimax in Space

New interactive features describing Optimax lenses on-board NASA missions. Optimax is proud to have...
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Optimax One of Rochester's Top Workplaces

As voted by our employees Rochester Top Workplaces 2014 ranked Optimax ninth for midsized business....
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On the Road: SPIE Optics+Photonics

 August SPIE Optics+Photonics Hear the latest research in optical engineering and applicati...
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OEM Production Optics

Optimax is well known for prototype optical components. With our recent expansion, Optimax has capac...
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Optics Made in USA

Why manufacturing in the United States is growing and helping our economy thrive Why does Made ...
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Website: Updated Inspection Options & Interactive Manufacturing Tolerance Chart

Inspection Options Optimax now offers three different inspection data options, including a custom...
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The Estimator: Estimate the Cost of Your Prototype Optics

The Estimator is a unique tool designed to allow an optical designer to input parameters and adjust ...
Read more

Executive Perspectives On The World Of Optics And Photonics

At Photonics West 2014 ,seven top executives from photonics and optics companies offered insights on...
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Local Company Gets More Answers from White House Worker Training Programs

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Employee Spotlight: Tom Starin

Title: Accountant Experience: Revenue and Profitability Analyst, Xerox Corporation Education...
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Innovation: Optimax Sponsors Slope Tolerance Webinar

Optical Society of America: Surface Slope Tolerances This webinar will describe the effects of surf...
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On the Road: Optifab

SPIE Optifab is the largest optical fabrication event in North America, and it only happens every ot...
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What's New: Asphere Production Cell

What: Precision asphere manufacturing lean cell Capabilities: This will allow us to create rotation...
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Optimax Supports the National Photonics Initiative

Optimax is proud to support and help drive the National Photonics Initiative seeking to raise awaren...
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Jimmy VanKouwenberg Wins RRPC Education Award

The RRPC Education Award went to James Van Kouwenberg, training coordinator and master optician at Optimax Systems (Ontario, NY), for "inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development."
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Funding for University Research Grants

Being a leader and active participant in the optics industry allows Optimax to give back through loc...
Read more

Coating Expansion: 4,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility fully operational July 2013

Coatings are a critical and often risky step in the manufacturing of complex optical  systems. You'...
Read more

Innovation: Optimax Sponsoring Webinars

Optimax is helping  create recognition for manufacturing technology through webinars. The following...
Read more

Employee Spotlight: Anne Tausch

Title: Key Account Manager Experience: More than 20 years of technical sales and management in th...
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What's New: A New Look For Optimax

We are proud to announce the launch of our new logo and look, which represents our high-tech innovat...
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On the Road: Bios/Photonics West

Optimax was on the road at the SPIE Bios and Photonics West tradeshows in San Francisco, CA, Februar...
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Employee Spotlight: Mark Palvino

Employee Title: Vice President of Sales Years at Optimax: New Hire Hometown: Pittsford Exp...
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Education: The Next Generation of Opticians

Optimax was proud to participate in a career fair for the second grade students at Palmyra-Macedon E...
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Optimax Newsletter Q4 2012

In the 4th quarter of 2012 Optimax had optics land on Mars, expanded large diameter capabilities, wa...
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Mars Rover Curiosity Launches with Optimax Lenses Onboard

The newest Mars Rover "Curiosity” landed on Mars on August 5, 2012 carrying optics made by Optimax...
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Optimax ranks No. 3721 on the 2012 Inc. 5000

Inc. Magazine 31st Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies - The Inc. 5000 Inc. magazine...
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Expanded Large Diamter Capabilities

OptiPro eSX400 takes optics production to new levels A new addition to the Optimax family, leading ...
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Optimax Sponsors Webinar on the Cost of Tolerancing:

Rich Youngworth Presenter Partnering with the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC), Optimax...
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Rochester Museum and Science Center 100 Year Anniversary Celebration

Optimax demonstrates optics manufacturing technology Optimax was honored to help ring in the 100 ye...
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Employee Spotlight: Danielle Bechtold

Employee Spotlight: Danielle Bechtold Name: Danielle BechtoldTitle: Production Control Coordinato...
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