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Platinum Sponsors

Welcome to the University of Dayton. We are a top-tier Catholic research university guided since 1850 by a compelling mission in the Marianist educational tradition.

The University of Dayton's faculty are teacher-scholars committed to transformative education that prepares students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service. Our faculty also are influential researchers and creative artists who work across departmental boundaries to create and apply new knowledge and expand our imagination of human possibility.

Inspired by the Marianist vision of education and scholarship that builds community among diverse people, the University of Dayton supports a rich culture of collaboration among students, faculty, staff and partners locally, across the country and around the world.

On our highly residential campus, students live and learn in community. And it's our commitment to community that generates high-impact scholarship that addresses human needs — from creating a sustainable future to protecting human rights globally.

I invite you to explore the University of Dayton's vibrant community.


Paul H. Benson, Ph.D.

Gold Sponsors

Known as the “Cradle of Astronauts,” Purdue Engineering’s long list of pioneers includes Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart. Having three National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients and 25 past and present NAE members, we are one of four 2017 NSF Engineering Research Centers and an SRC-DARPA center, as well as the home of nanoHUB and the largest academic propulsion lab in the world. The largest of the top 10 U.S. engineering colleges, Purdue Engineering is the nation’s # 1 producer of graduate engineers of any public research university and # 2 producer of undergraduate engineers of any university annually. We are ranked # 7 for graduate engineering and # 8 for undergraduate engineering in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.The not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. It organizes technical conferences, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs for researchers and developers in the light-based fields of physics, including: optics, photonics, and imaging engineering.

Thorlabs desires to be connected to our industry in a way that far exceeds what would typically be expected of a vendor. We live this core principle by seeking to enhance, at every turn, the productivity of our customers. We have developed a culture at Thorlabs that constantly seeks your input. Thousands of our products are a direct result of your suggestions. Of our roughly 20,000 products, Thorlabs manufactures well in excess of 90% of the items that we ship. Using information technology tools, we are able to weld several wholly owned design and manufacturing entities together into a cohesive enterprise. In all, Thorlabs has 15 substantial design and production facilities located in 10 countries throughout the world. Each location provides a local presence within the community it serves. These local operations allow for customer dialogues that better inform our understanding of regional needs and how they fit within the worldwide picture.

The University of Dayton is a national top-tier research and Catholic university. The School of Engineering offers five Ph.D. programs in aerospace, electrical, electro-optics, materials and mechanical engineering; 14 master's level programs; five bachelor’s plus master's programs and nine undergraduate majors in engineering and engineering technology.

We offer a great technical engineering education, but what sets us apart is our focus on educating the whole person who values collaboration, community-engaged learning and adaptation to change. We strive to develop engineers that are socially and globally aware, understand business and entrepreneurship, are prepared to take on leadership roles and are conscious of the consequences of their work — to society, the environment and the profession.

In our electro-optics program, you can expect hands-on training in three optics labs, a significant choice of electives and the opportunity to compete for graduate co-op research jobs at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, local companies and the state of Ohio. Our challenging courses complement our unparalleled research opportunities, including our laser radar curriculum through our LADAR and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI).

Silver Sponsors

Leidos makes the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through information technology, engineering, and science. At Leidos, we have a history of performance excellence built on a culture of innovation. Our diverse and talented employees turn information into insight, delivering answers to our customers that help protect and enrich lives around the world. Looking beyond the limitations of today, we deliver innovative solutions and services that matter most for tomorrow.

Every breakthrough starts with a question. A question that challenges convention, provokes thought and opens doors to possibility. Within the graduate programs at the University of Dayton, we constantly ask big questions. Then we strive to answer them — together.

Our Catholic, Marianist core values inform our scholarship and create an outstanding education. You'll find more than 50 master's degree programs, 12 doctoral programs, numerous licensure and certificate programs, and many other ways to learn. Discover a welcoming and gifted faculty and staff who are attentive and accommodating.

Working professionals will appreciate convenient classes offered in the late afternoon, evening, online or at off-campus sites. You'll also discover that the University of Dayton is an excellent value. Our graduate programs are competitively priced, and our reputation for quality and academic excellence is nationally known.

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. started as a small firm established in 1953 by Heihachiro Horiuchi who studied under the guidance of Dr. Kenjiro Takayanagi now respectfully called the “father of Japanese television.” Since then, we have inherited the “photoelectric technology” developed by Dr. Takayanagi for converting light into electrical signals as well as “the spirit of pursuing unknown and unexplored realms” which led him to the achievement of displaying the Japanese character “イ” on a cathode-ray tube for the first time in the world. Over the past 65 years, we have been consistently engaged in developing photoelectric devices and their application products while moving forward along with the continuing advances in technologies of light.

Just as electrons and electronics brought immeasurable richness to our lives in the 20th century, the 21th century will be the age of photons (particles of light) and photonics. Spurred by the unlimited possibilities of light, photonics technology is increasingly applied in a wide range of fields. However, the interaction of light with matter is still hardly understood at the present time. By pursuing the ultimate limits of photoelectric conversion technology to approach the true nature of light, Hamamatsu Photonics has been challenging the unknown where no one has yet explored, with the aim of creating new industries by utilizing light and acquiring new knowledges.

The Department of Physics at the University of Dayton offers a vigorous program in both its educational and research endeavors. Our majors are strongly encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research projects and many opportunities exist for such. Graduates find that the undergraduate physics degree provides them with the foundation for various careers in physics and other fields as well. UD ranks among the top 4-year private colleges in the number of graduates who earn the Ph.D. degree in physics. Many of our undergraduate majors go on to graduate studies in physics and related areas. In a joint effort with the School of Engineering, we offer the graduate program in Electro-Optics.

John Jacob Bausch's passion, perseverance, and innovation towards improving people's lives through sight are the guiding principles we honor with the Bausch Foundation. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. has established the Bausch Foundation, an independent charitable foundation that will oversee and direct all of Valeant’s charitable giving globally. The Foundation will support initiatives aimed at disease prevention, improving patient outcomes and lives and education related to our core businesses. Further, the Foundation will support disaster recovery efforts and the underserved in the communities in which we live and work.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) staff at the University of Dayton provides leadership and support for the university’s strategic efforts to advance its work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ultimately, their goal is to create and sustain a campus educational community and workplace environment that celebrates and enjoys the gift of diversity, achieves equitable outcomes for individuals and communities regardless of their identities, and to model inclusion throughout the institution.

The Brother Leonard A. Mann, S.M. Chair in the Sciences recognizes outstanding accomplishments in and contributions to scholarship in the sciences. The position is named in honor of Brother Leonard A. Mann, S. M., former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of physics. Bro. Mann has been described as a true servant-leader in the Marianist tradition. He tirelessly served his church, his order, his colleagues, and most of all, his students. At the time of his death in 1995, Bro. Mann had served as a Marianist brother for 61 years. Dr. Panagiotis Tsonis of the Department of Biology was the first to serve as Mann Chair. Dr. Peter Powers of the Department of Physics served as the second chair until his death in 2014. The current chair is Dr. Shawn Swavey, Department of Chemistry. Dr. Swavey joined the department in 2002. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Edinboro University in 1991, and after a year in industry, he attended Case Western Reserve University and received his Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry in 1998. He collaborates regularly with faculty from the Departments of Biology and Chemical Engineering, as well as a number of faculty at other universities.

Bronze Sponsors

Optonicus is focused on the research, development, and marketing of intelligent optical systems used by commercial and government organizations. The company’s INFOCO product family of intelligent fiber collimators and arrays is used to improve performance for atmospheric imaging, laser communications, laser target tracking, directed energy, and remote sensing applications. Optonicus continues to research in several development areas with a roadmap to deliver additional innovative products in the future.

The Optonicus team of researchers and engineers came from leading academic and government research institutions and offer their long-term expertise to help customers make their optical systems truly intelligent.

The ELI Beamlines research center aspires to install and run the world's most intense laser system. With ultra-high peak powers of 10 PW (petawatt) and focused intensities up to 1024 W/cm2 we will offer unique sources of radiation and particle beams to our users. These beamlines will enable groundbreaking research not only in the fields of physics and material science, but also in biomedical research and laboratory astrophysics.

ELI Beamlines is part of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project, a new Research Infrastructure of pan-European interest and part of the European Strategy Forum on Research (ESFRI) Roadmap . ELI will be a multi-sited Research Infrastructure with complementary facilities located in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania for the investigation of light-matter interactions at the highest intensities and shortest time scales. The laser intensity will be more than six orders of magnitude higher than today’s state of the art.

Light Conversion is the world-leader for tunable ultrafast OPA systems with the worldwide recognized TOPAS series products.

Light Conversion is also an established manufacturer of Ytterbium femtosecond lasers PHAROS, CARBIDE and FLINT, harmonics generators, parametric amplifiers ORPHEUS, OPCPA, ultrafast spectrometers and autocorrelators.

Together the portfolio forms a best-in-class set of devices for femtosecond applications in fundamental research, medicine and industry.

Nikon Precision Inc., located in Belmont, California, and Nikon Precision Europe GmbH, headquartered in Langen, Germany, are wholly owned subsidiaries of Nikon Corporation. Nearly 700 employees provide sales, service, and customer support for Nikon photolithography systems. Established in 1917, Nikon Corporation is one of the world’s leading optical companies. With decades of experience as a manufacturer of optical lenses and precision equipment, Nikon developed the world’s first production-worthy step-and-repeat photolithography tool in 1980, the NSR-1010G. Since then, over 60 models of Nikon steppers and scanners have printed half of all the integrated circuits ever manufactured. Today, Nikon is the leading global supplier of step-and-repeat and step-and-scan lithography systems.

Additional Sponsors

International Student and Scholar Services provides students and exchange visitors with immigration advising, workshops, and orientation, as well as social and extracurricular activities. ISSS extends its services and support to international faculty and research scholars and their dependents. Through collaboration with other departments and organizations, ISSS advocates on behalf of international students to ensure their academic, personal, and career goals.