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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Congratulates Ed White on Being Named Chair of the National Photonics Initiative Steering Committee

August 1, 2017
Press Release

Rochester, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today congratulated Edward “Ed” White, associate vice president of Test, Assembly and Packaging and corporate outreach for AIM Photonics, on being named chair of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Steering Committee. The NPI is an alliance of scientists and industry members that raise awareness of photonics, an industry that supports more than 17,000 jobs in the Rochester region and plays a crucial role in New York’s high-tech economy. Slaughter led a more than three-year effort to create the federal photonics institute and to ensure that Rochester became the consortium’s national headquarters.

“I congratulate Mr. White on being named chair of the NPI Steering Committee. He has worked side-by-side with me and many in the industry as we launch the photonics institute and position our community to lead the world in this revolutionary research. I have no doubt that with his advocacy and leadership in this role, the photonics industry in Monroe County and throughout the country will continue to thrive in the years ahead,” said Slaughter.       

Slaughter led the effort to bring a photonics institute to Rochester. More than four years ago, Slaughter began organizing local stakeholders at meetings in Rochester and in Washington, DC, and brought federal leaders to Monroe County to meet with our photonics manufacturers. She then led a successful multi-year national campaign to convince the Obama Administration to commit to a photonics-focused institute for manufacturing. After the Rochester-led national consortium was chosen as one of three finalists for the institute, Slaughter successfully pushed Governor Cuomo to back the consortium with a significant state investment. In July of 2015, Rep. Slaughter joined Vice President Joseph R. Biden to announce that Rochester had won the competition to house a national photonics hub.

In December, the New York State Photonics Board of Officers’ announced that it has selected ON Semiconductor’s Eastman Business Park facility as the site for the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics’ Testing, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility, the only such facility in the United States.