Join us as the Optics Valley Committee of the Arizona Technology Council and the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute host our Global Photonics Alliance partners for two days of technical discussions and business-to-business meetings:

  • Connect and network with your global peers in the quiet intimate environment of Tucson, Arizona.
  • Learn about the amazing technology from Optics Valley companies, the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, and that from our Global Photonics Alliance attendees.
  • Discuss global optics and photonics issues with your peer and leaders in the industry.

Program Overview:

  • Business and Technology Presentations
  • Company Presentations
  • B2B Networking

Who should attend:

  • Business owners, executives and staff of Optics and Photonics Companies, as well as companies that apply those technologies
  • Academic and industry scientists and engineers in Optics and Photonics
  • Optics Cluster leadership and staff

Attendance Cost:

  • $250 Individual, $600 Company (up to 5 attendees)

Sponsorship opportunities:
If your company is looking for great exposure to the Tucson optics technology and business community, there are several sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorships are on a first come, first served basis. Don’t be left behind. Sign on to be a sponsor of this event for maximum exposure.  Email John Dennis: [email protected]

Event Sponsors:


Location: University of Arizona, BIO5 Institute Keating Building, 1657 E Helen St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Reception: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Aloft Tucson University Hotel, 1900 E Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85719
Conference Program: Thursday January 31, 2019 and Friday February 1, 2019

REGISTER NOW!  Please indicate whether you’ll be attending the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, January 30th.

Wednesday, January 30th
6:00 – 7:30pm             Welcome Reception – Location: Aloft Tucson University

Thursday, January 31st – Keating, Rm 103
Remote Sensing and 3D Metrology
9:00 – 9:30am             Welcome and VIP Introductions
9:30 – 10:00am          Company Presentations
10:00 – 10:30am        Russell Chipman, UA Optical Sciences/ Airy Optics, “Polarization”
10:30 – 11:00am        Networking Break
11:00 – 11:20am        Daewook Kim, UA Optical Sciences, “Dynamic Freeform Optics Metrology”
11:20 – 11:40am        Hong Hua, UA Optical Sciences, “TBD”
11:40 – 12:10pm        Company Presentations
12:10 – 12:30pm        Global Photonics Alliance Presentation (GPA Cluster Leaders)
12:30 – 1:30pm           Lunch & Networking
Space Sensing
1:30 – 2:00pm              Michael Lesser, UA Steward Observatory, “Advances in Astronomical Image Sensors”
2:00 – 2:30pm              Company Presentations
2:30 – 2:50pm              Michael Hart, UA Optical Sciences, “Remote Acoustic Imaging of GeosynchronousSatellites”
2:50 – 3:10pm               Felipe Guzman, UA Optical Sciences, “Laser Interferometry in Space”
3:10 – 3:45pm               Networking Break
3:45 – 4:15pm               Company Presentations
4:15 – 4:35pm               Buell Jannuzi, UA Steward Observatory and Astronomy, “Science Drivers for Innovations in Space Sensing”
4:35 – 5:00pm               Dan Kilper, UA Optical Sciences, “Optics on Demand for Big Science”
5:00 – 7:00pm               Reception (food and drink) in BIO5 lobby featuring Research Showcase with University of Arizona students

Friday, February 1st – Keating, Rm 103
Laser Technology
9:00 – 9:30am               Company Presentations
9:30 – 9:50am               Mahmoud Fallahi, UA Optical Sciences/ TPhotonics Inc., “Watt-Level, Two-Color Tunable Semiconductor Lasers”
9:50 – 10:10am            Khanh Kieu, UA Optical Sciences/ KPHOTONICS, “A Compact Femtosecond Fiber Laser: From Idea to the Market”
10:10 – 10:40am         Networking Break
10:40 – 11:10am         Company Presentations
11:10 – 11:30am          Jason Jones, UA Optical Sciences, “Frequency Comb Spectroscopy from the VUV to the MIR”
11:30 – 12:00pm          Eric Miller, PADT, “3D Printing and Optics”
12:00 – 12:30pm          Company Presentations
12:30 – 1:30pm             Lunch & Networking
Biomedical Technology
1:30 – 2:00pm               Martin Forrer, FISBA, “Optics for Advanced Endoscopic Systems”
2:00 – 2:20pm               Judy Su, UA Biomedical Engineering, “Lable-Free, Ultra-Sensitive, Biomolecular Detection for Basic Science and                                                                                           Translational Medicine”
2:20 – 2:40pm               DK Kang, UA Optical Sciences, “Low-Cost, in vivo Microscopy for Point-of-Care Disease Diagnostics”
2:40 – 3:00pm               Bo Nelson, Spectral Instruments Imaging, “TBD“
3:00 – 4:30pm               Lab Tours
4:30 – 6:00pm               Wrap up, Farewell Reception & Networking- BSRL Lobby

If you need to reserve a hotel room, we have a room block reserved at the Aloft Tucson University Hotel.  Discounted room rate has been extended until Friday, January 11th.  Use this link:


The Science of Light is the basis of revolutionary solutions in advanced manufacturing applications as diverse as aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, and information technology. In the state of Arizona, Optics Valley is the place where the interests of all these fields converge.

Optics Valley continues in the tradition of the Arizona Optics Industry Association (AIOA), founded in 1992. With more than 70 members, we are growing into a leading industry cluster, offering members a wide range of benefits. Optics Valley is a committee of of the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) and enjoys close working relationships with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and the University of Arizona.

Optics Valley proudly maintains worldwide strategic collaborations and key partnerships, including SPIE, OSA, APOMA and NPI, as well as national and international photonics clusters. We provide cutting‐edge professional development, strategic business networking, workforce development and broad support for our members to thrive and lead in global markets.



Create bridges between all optics and photonics clusters to address common matters and facilitate communication and business between their members around the world.



The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona (UA) was launched in 2001 with financial support generated by the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), a special investment in higher education made possible by the passage of Proposition 301 by Arizona voters in November 2000. This tax was intended to expand major efforts in biomedicine and biotechnology in the state. 

Funding for the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building that houses BIO5 was generated primarily through Arizona House Bill 2529 and from a private philanthropic gift from Thomas W. Keating. 

BIO5 aims to harness the collaborative power of our five core disciplines – Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Science – to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity: How do we prevent, treat, and cure diseases? How do we address the many environmental issues we face? How do we feed a hungry planet?

Presented By

Optics Valley in partnership with Global Photonics Alliance and University of Arizona Bio5 Institute


Keating Building
1657 E. Helen St.
Tucson , AZ 85719


University of Arizona, BIO5 Institute


January 31, 2019
February 1, 2019