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Photonics: Driving The Economy Of The Future

Boston University

Photonics Center Symposium Looks at How Light Based Technologies are Changing Our World

(Boston, Mass.) -- Preview the products and technologies that will change the way we live and work at "Photonics: Driving the Economy of the Future," an inaugural symposium at the Boston University Photonics Center, on Thursday, October 23, 1997.

Throughout the day, speakers representing leading high tech corporations like Lockheed Martin, Polaroid, Hewlett Packard and Corning as well as government leaders, like Mary Good, Former Under Secretary for Technology, US Department of Commerce, will explore the growing importance of photonics to a wide spectrum of industries ranging from telecommunications to health care.

A copy of the symposium program is attached and further information can be found on the web at:, or by calling 617/353-8899.

Photonics: Driving the Economy of the Future
An Inaugural Symposium for the Boston University Photonics Center
Thursday, October 23, 1997, Boston, Massachusetts

7:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am

Dr. Donald Fraser
Director, Photonics Center

Mr. Jon Westling
President, Boston University

8:30 am
Photonics: Its Present and Future Roles in the US Economy

The Hon. Mary Good
Former Under Secretary for Technology, US Department of Commerce

9:15 am
Evolution of Photonics as a Market

Dr. Arpad Bergh
President, Optoelectronic Industry Development Association

10:00 am

10:15 am
Fiber Optics and Optical Materials

Dr. Donald Keck
Vice President, Optics and Photonics, Corning Industries

11:00 am
Photonics as a Driver of the Telecommunications Industry

Dr. Robert Lucky
Corporate Vice President for Applied Research, Bellcore

11:45 am
Use of Short Pulse Lasers in the Evolution of Materials

Lord George Porter
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1967, Past President, Royal Society of London

1:15 pm
Photonics in Business Equipment

Dr. Roland Haitz
Group Manager, Research & Development, Hewlett Packard Components Group

2:00 pm
Future of Imaging Systems

Dr. Satish Agrawal
Group Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Polariod Corporation

2:45 pm

3:00 pm
Photonics as an Enabler in Aerospace

Dr. Ronald Paulson
Vice President of Engineering & Technology, Space & Strategic Missiles Sector, Lockheed Martin Corp.

3:45 pm
Photonics in Medicine

Dr. John Parish
Director, Wellman Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital

4:30 pm
Closing Remarks and Tours of the Photonics Center


For additional information contact Melissa Greene at: Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston, MA 02215 617/353-8899, fax: 617/353-7271,,

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