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Edmund Optics® Joins NSF-funded Regional Consortium to Advance Photonics Research and Workforce Development

5/11/2023, Barrington, NJ USA   —

Edmund Optics®, a leading global manufacturer and provider of optical components, is part of a new collaboration to drive economic and technological advancements in photonics. This consortium has been awarded a grant from the US National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovative Engines, or NSF engines, program which is the foundation for the Advancing Photonics Technologies group aimed to advance research and development of light-based, photonics innovations as well as build up the region’s technological workforce.

"New Jersey has always been an epicenter for photonics development and Edmund Optics historically been a big supporter and creator of opportunities in the region," says Greg Hollows, Vice President of Product Strategy and New Product Development at Edmund Optics and Senior Partner and Collaborator of the Advancing Photonics Technologies group. "The company, and myself, are very excited to join the many industry and higher education partners focusing on these activities to further the impact of photonics in the region."

The Advancing Photonics Technologies collaboration will look to leverage these grant dollars to provide recognition for the industry and visibility to the many careers and opportunities within it. In addition, Edmund Optics is hopeful that this grant will provide the needed funding to develop and maintain photonics-based curriculums needed to produce diverse, qualified candidates who can pave the path for the future of the photonics industry.

More information can be found on the Advancing Photonics Technologies website or the NSF Engines program website.

About Edmund Optics:

Edmund Optics® has been a leading, global provider of optical technology solutions that has served a variety of markets since 1942. The company services its customers through three distinct offerings: a marketplace that serves as a one-stop shop for the best brands and products in optics and photonics; custom and volume manufacturing of quality optical and imaging components and systems; and optical consulting, design, prototyping, and other engineering services as part of our manufacturing offerings. The company employs 1,250+ employees across 18 global locations and continues to expand. Customers can learn more, speak to an engineer, or purchase items through our website at