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‘Photonics’ Mention in America COMPETES is Good News for Progress, Economy, Says SPIE
Date:8/8/2014

tee are to be commended for this sound inclusion, and the membership and partners of SPIE are grateful for their vision.”

The America COMPETES Act first became law in 2007, and was reauthorized in 2010. It was intended to drive investment in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace.

Arthurs noted that research reported at SPIE events and published in the society’s journals, conference proceedings, and books illustrates the vast range of the technology’s potential. SPIE’s exhibitions are evidence of how the technology is already a sizable piece of the economy. Applications enabled by optics and photonics influence the entire modern economy.

“Our constituents are the scientists and engineers who are developing new light-based technologies to detect and treat conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and epilepsy. They conceptualized and built the internet and are working on integrated photonics technologies for the next generation of computing. They are developing sustainable energy sources, more efficient lighting, and other technologies to meet the word’s growing energy needs, and are working in many more areas to better our lives, create more high-value jobs, and strengthen the economy,” Arthurs said. “They see first-hand how important their work is toward those objectives, and they view the committee’s support as a valuable boost.”

Optics and photonics has achieved new recognition in policy documents over the past several months as well.

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