Boston, MA, October 4, 2004--Senior executives from several major corporations will present their insights into how photonics will impact society and the economy at The Photonics Center's 8th annual executive symposium. "The Future of Light" will
be held Tuesday, November 9, 2004, at Boston University.
The day-long event covers the current economic climate of the photonics industry and provides a global view of how it will evolve in the coming years. Speakers will discuss their perspective on the current status and future outlook of the industry and provide the audience with insights into how photonics will impact our society and economy over the next five to ten years.
The scheduled presenters include:
-- Peter Brooke, chairman, founder, and former CEO, Advent International
-- Fred Welsh, (Former) executive director, Optoelectronics Industry Development Association
-- Waguih Ishak, director of communications and optics research, Agilent Technologies
-- John Roush, vice president & general manager, optoelectronics, Perkin Elmer Corporation
-- Andrew Rickman OBE, chairman and founder, Bookham Technologies
-- General Paul Kern, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command
-- Dona Flamme, general manager, display materials and VP display components, Eastman Kodak Company
-- Thomas Shottes, president and CEO, Osram Opto Semiconductors
-- Jacques Souquet, CTO, Phillips Medical Systems
-- George Hatsopoulos, founder and chairman, Pharos LLC; founder and chairman of the board (emeritus), Thermo Electron Corporation
The agenda for the symposium can be found online at:
The Photonics Center at Boston University identifies and develops technologies based on the practical application of light. The Photonics Center hosts a Business Accelerator that enables emerging photonics technology companies to grow from idea to commercialization with greater speed and success. The Center provides an entrepreneurial environment that includes 20 laboratories, workspace for up to 20 start-up companies, and access to a range of equipment worth $40 million. To date the center has started and/or accelerated 18 companies.