A quarter-century ago, the Florida legislature funded an optics center to diversify the economy of the state’s central region. Today, it has grown into a full-fledged
photonics college known for world-class research.
Kevin P. Thompson, Pablo Benítez and Jannick P. Rolland
Just as business incubator programs are designed to support the development of fledgling companies, OSA’s new incubator meeting series is structured to
encourage the growth of exciting new areas within optics. The first one was devoted to the topic of freeform optics—a field that is actively evolving due to recent technological advances.
Aden Meinel was the founding director of the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center and the Kitt Peak National Observatory. With his wife and
research partner, Marjorie, he also developed next-generation space-telescope
concepts and pioneered the use of solar energy.
Renetta G. Tull and Damon L. Tull