Arizona Photonics Days 2023


Optics Valley hosted the 6th Arizona Photonics Days conference in Tucson, Arizona, on January 25-27, 2023, just prior to Photonics West 2023.


Connect with your peers and industry leaders for technical presentations, industry trend discussions, and business-building opportunities with global attendees over three days.

Program Overview

The program will focus on the expanding scope of optics and photonics technologies in industrial and commercial applications in six areas: Sensing and Metrology, Astronomy, Laser Technology, Quantum Information Science, Biomedical Technology, and Glass and Ceramics.

  • Daily keynotes by industry leaders
  • 30+ innovation and technology presentations
  • 25+ company pitches
  • Regular networking opportunities
  • Optional lab and facility tours

 Important Dates

Preliminary Conference Schedule

The preliminary schedule is:

  • Jan. 25: 7:30 am — 5:00 pm MST (followed by welcome reception)
  • Jan. 26: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm MST
  • Jan. 27: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm MST

 Who Should Attend?

  • Business owners, executives and professionals of optics and photonics companies
  • Industry leaders whose companies apply these technologies
  • Academic and industry scientists and engineers
  • Optics cluster leadership and staff

University of Arizona, Tech Park Arizona
Event Center Building 9030 West Entrance
Park in Lot 3
9030 S. Rita Road, Tucson, AZ 85747


  • Individual $350
  • Company (up to 5 attendees): $900

Aloft Tucson University
1900 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85719

  • Special Group Rate: $154 USD per night
  • Click HERE to book your group rate!
  • Group rate ends Jan. 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm MST

*Group travel arrangements to/from the conference will be provided for guests who book through the Photonics Days Special Group Rate at the Aloft.

Conference Co-Chair Conference Co-Chair Biomedical Technology Session Chair Astronomy Session Chair Sensing and Metrology Session Chair Laser Technology Session Chair Quantum Information Science Session Chair Glass and Ceramics Session Chair

Jack Schumann

Co-Chair, Optics Valley

Robert Walker

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Leonardo Electronics US

Travis Sawyer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona

Richard Green, PhD

Assistant Director for Government Relations, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

Shelby Ament, PhD

Senior Optical Engineer, Arizona Optical Metrology

Lukas Gruber, PhD

Director, Business Development, Leonardo Electronics US

Stephen Fleming

Director, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Center for Quantum Networks, University of Arizona

Michael Mielke, PhD

CEO, AdValue Photonics

We gratefully acknowledge these 6th Arizona Photonics Days sponsors:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

About Optics Valley
Optics Valley is the optics industry cluster for Arizona. The mission of Optics Valley is to catalyze, convene, and connect optics, photonics, astronomy, and supporting business interests throughout Arizona. Optics Valley is a committee of the Arizona Technology Council.


About the Global Photonics Alliance
Global Photonics Alliance creates bridges between all optics and photonics clusters to address common matters and facilitate communication and business among members around the world.


About Tech Parks Arizona
Tech Parks Arizona creates the place, environment, and interactive ground that generates, attracts and retains technology companies and talent in alignment with the research, mission, and goals of the University of Arizona (UA).


About Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action.


Event Center - Building 9030
9030 S Rita Road
Tucson , AZ 85747


University of Arizona - Tech Park Arizona


January 25, 2023
January 27, 2023


7:30am - 5:00pm MST


$350 for individual; $900 Company (up to 5 attendees)