Vice President Biden came to Rochester July 27th to announce that the Nationwide Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) has chosen Rochester for the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI), making Rochester the AIM Photonics Capital of the world. This includes over $600M in federal and private funds secured to develop the institute. It was a lengthy competition, and UNiCON would like to give special congratulations to everyone who has been involved.
Rochester is uniquely suited to become the AIM Photonics hub, as our world-class universities Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester are widely recognized as global centers for leadership and innovation in these sectors. Rochester is also one of the oldest and largest optics hubs, with a long history of advancement in the field. As this project continues to unfold over the next five years, UNiCON is at the forefront in continuing to advocate heavily for its local development of educational and manufacturing facilities to support the Institute.