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FAME Annual Event – January 27, 2016

Tomorrow’s Jobs:  How recent developments in our region will impact education and training.



The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise was pleased to present Mr. Paul Ballentine, Executive Director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester at its annual industry/education event on January 27, 2016 at Monroe Community College. Paul is lead participant in the RRPA (Rochester Region Photonics Initiative), and in this capacity is focused on Cluster, Business, Technology, and Workforce Development. His objectives include bringing together five key regional organizations in pursuit of the AIM Photonics goals: UR, RIT, HTR, RRPC, and FAME. Paul is also involved in the following programs: IMCP, NNMI, NIST AMtech, CAT NYSTAR, and URI.


There have been numerous developments in the optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) sector of the Finger Lakes economy over the past few years.  One of the most recent and substantial is the decision to make Rochester the home of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) that will bring more than $130 million in federal and state funding to our region over the next 5 years. There have been other important developments, such as the decision by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to make OPI a centerpiece of the proposal for one of the $500 million grants from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, and the city’s designation as one of 12 Manufacturing Communities in the US, ours being focused on photonics and precision manufacturing.  These and other grant activities are part of an ongoing effort to rebuild the OPI sector after the sharp decline in Kodak and continued reductions at Xerox and Bausch & Lomb.  This effort couples strongly into the large OPI supply chain that exists in Rochester, which has been developed over the past 100 years to serve the needs of the “Big Three”.  These efforts are synergistic with other regional developments like Eastman Business Park, the Downtown Innovation Zone and the decision to relocate High Tech Rochester into the Sibley Building.


The vision for the OPI sector involves companies from throughout the supply chain, the University of Rochester, RIT, MCC, AIM Photonics, and several large systems companies similar to Kodak and Xerox.  There will be a mixture of companies including manufacturing, design, and software.  The skills required will range from unskilled to Ph.D. level.  A critical need will be mid-level skilled workers for precision manufacturing operations like optical components, opto-electronic packaging, and imaging systems assembly.  To help lay the groundwork for ensuring the right labor pool, the UR Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences has partnered with FAME to provide subsidies to businesses that participate in the FAME 5% Pledge program.


Mr. Ballentine’s presentation (link below) discussed the set of coordinated efforts needed to support rebuilding the OPI sector, the types of jobs that will be created, and the job training and educational programs that will be required.


Event Overview:

4:00pm MCC Welcome, Dr Anne Kress President — MCC

4:10pm FAME Welcome/Update, Mike Mandina FAME, Chair; President, Optimax Systems Inc.
Mandina/FAME presentations [PDF]

4:25pm FAME Pipeline Update, Eileen Rucinski Chair, FAME Pipeline Committee; FLWIB Advanced Mfg Career Navigator

4:45pm FAME’s 5% Pledge, Mike Mandina
5% Pledge [PDF]


FAME members receive their 5% Pledge awards for 2015, from left: Dave Phillips (GW Lisk), Mike Bechtold (OptiPro Systems), Mike Mandina (FAME/Optimax), Ale Mendoza (Optimax Systems), Jeannie Brockmyre (Absolute Precision).

4:55pm Keynote speaker, Mr. Paul Ballentine Executive Director, UR CEIS
“Tomorrow’s Jobs: How recent developments in our region will impact education and training.”
Ballentine presentation [PDF]


Keynote speaker, Paul Ballentine.


5:30pm Industry/Academic Discussion Panel
Panelist Bios [PDF]


FAME panelists, from left: Vinnie Esposito (FLREDC), Ben Zwickl (RIT), Mike Mandina (FAME/Optimax), Alexis Vogt (MCC), Paul Ballentine (UR CEIS), Bob Duffy (RBA).


5:55 pm 2016 STAR Award Presentation:

Jeanine Gallina, Monroe 2 BOCES
2016 FAME STAR Award Winner Jeanine Gallina (center), with Jill Slavny (Monroe 2 BOCES) and Mike Mandina (FAME/Optimax).


Educator AM Facility Tour Maps:
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Monroe County
Ontario County
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Thank you to our event sponsors!


Contact: Michele Stolberg, FAME Facilitator
Phone# 315-521-7826


This event was hosted by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.