Laser Focus World to launch Optical Engineering Design Conference in Rochester, NY

The Optical Engineering Design Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, NY on October 24, 2018.

Laser Focus World publisher Alan Bergstein has announced that the industry-leading publication is launching a new event for optical engineering professionals. The Optical Engineering Design Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, NY on October 24, 2018. Bergstein stated, "Given Rochester's history as a global leader in optics, photonics, and imaging, it is the perfect location for Laser Focus World’'s new Optical Engineering Design Conference."

Laser Focus World editor-in-chief Conard Holton will serve as the Conference Chair. He is working with local optics businesses, industry groups, and research labs, along with national leaders in optics, to ensure that the conference focuses on optical design and manufacturing solutions related to the hottest topics in precision optics.

The majority of the presentations will be technical in nature with a few invited keynote speakers. The technical presentations will explore technologies and applications that are just entering the commercial sphere, problems that need to be solved, and new opportunities for optical components and systems.

Speakers will address topics including freeform optics, meta-optics, digital optics, infrared and ultraviolet optics, novel materials, additive manufacturing of optics, metrology technologies, and optical design software—all aimed at applications in manufacturing, life sciences, aerospace/defense, and consumer markets.

The first keynote speaker was announced this week. Federico Capasso from Harvard, who is a leader in the emerging field of meta-optics, will be a featured keynote speaker. In addition, leaders from the defense community, in VR/AR, illumination optics, and advanced optical manufacturing technologies will also be speaking.


Request to Become a Speaker: Contact Conard Holton at

Become a

More in Optics