A Forum for Exploring Emerging Mid-Infrared Market Opportunities

Achievement date: 
2015
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), which is headquartered at Princeton University, put together a panel to engage a broad-based technical audience and participate in a high-quality networking opportunity. The panel's focus was on mid-infrared (mid-IR) market opportunities.

Impact/benefits: 

The mid-2014 event was sponsored by the well-known Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), and the invitation was from a CLEO affiliate, The Optical Society. In this prestigious arena the MIRTHE-led panel engaged companies, practitioners, policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders to  determine optimal requirements for sensor system development and strategies for wide-scale, long-term deployment. 

Explanation/Background: 

CLEO focuses on the latest trends in the photonics marketplace and provides a forum to discuss new products, emerging technologies, and markets. CLEO 2014 emphasized “Market Focus/Technology Transfer Theater” (top figure). That San Jose, California, event hosted approximately 5,000 attendees, the highest in five years; it also featured what the organizers called “a record number of paper submissions” and showcased products and services from 250 companies (http://optics.org/news/5/6/23).

MIRTHE's Executive Director, Joseph Montemarano, and Industrial Liaison Officer, Bernadeta Wysocka, organized the panel (bottom figure). Invited speakers featured Alex Cuclis, Houston Advanced Research Center; Joe Lima, Schlumberger Wei/Services; David Sonnenfroh, Physico/Sciences, Inc.; andMichael Wojcik, Space Dynamic Laboratory.