Top Photonics News: National Photonics Initiative reaches out--September 27, 2013

Sept. 27, 2013
This month caps a series of outreach programs and meetings by members of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).

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This month caps a series of outreach programs and meetings by members of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).

1. Regional meetings were held that included numerous photonics clusters or groups and their local congressional representatives:
US National Photonics Initiative spreads the word

2. And over 30 members of SPIE and OSA visited more than 45 congressional offices in Washington DC to bring enlightenment to Congress:
- OSA Members Stump for Optics and Photonics on the Hill

- NPI Volunteers Carry ‘Essential Technologies’ Message to Congress

3. If you would like to see or use some of the slides describing the NPI, visit the website:
NPI Roll-Out Webinar Slides

4. There's even "How to" toolkit for a successful Congressional meeting for advocates of NPI:
Hosting a successful Congressional visit

About the Author

Conard Holton | Editor at Large

Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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