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Connecticut's burgeoning photonics industry (Released: 9/2/98)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

Storrs , Conn. -- Robert J. Trew, director of research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Duncan Moore, associate director for technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will keynote a two-day forum Sept. 9 at the University of Connecticut Bishop Center and Sept. 10 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

The event, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Connecticut Innovations Inc., the Photonics Research Center at UConn and other Connecticut businesses, will focus on the role of photonics and other technologies in the 21st century. Trew and Moore will speak during an afternoon session Sept. 9 at Bishop Center, followed by a panel discussion with UConn Chancellor Mark A. Emmert; Michael J. Wojcicki, vice president for university and federal programs at Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.; Victor Budnick, president of Connecticut Innovations Inc.; and Anthony DeMaria, president of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and a research professor at UConn.

The first day of the program, at Bishop Center, focuses on photonics and other emerging technologies and how their use can improve people's lives, as well as a discussion regarding how the federal government creates policies regarding the use of technology. On Sept. 10, other sessions will focus on how to bring research to successful commercialization, industry-university technology transfer, and how to bring photonics companies to Connecticut.

For more information, call (860) 657-8633 or Richard Veilleux(860) 486-3530.