MIRTHE for a second time was invited by the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, to organize a workshop on speeding commercialization of mid-infrared (mid-IR) technologies for defense and security applications at the Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS) conference, the most important scientific conferences on optics, imaging, and sensing for defense, security, and industry, held in Baltimore, MD from April 29-May 3. Panelists from U.S. government, venture capital community, and industry discussed ways to speed the commercialization and deployment of early-stage Defense and Homeland Security applications focused on mid-infrared technologies. Read more...
|MIRTHE Executive Director Joe Montemarano (right) moderates a panel discussion.
On March 19-20, 2013, ten members of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-led Site Visit Team (SVT) conducted a seventh year review of MIRTHE. The NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) program, of which MIRTHE is a part, is monitored largely through an annual review process. The meeting began with an overview of MIRTHE and its programs given by MIRTHE director Claire Gmachl. This was followed by detailed presentations on MIRTHE's three research thrusts, which discussed respective thrust goals, progress, collaborative and technology transfer efforts, as well as future plans. After lunch, a significant portion of the afternoon was dedicated to a poster session exhibiting students and post-doc researchers. Then the SVT and industry members were given tours and demonstrations of a variety of MIRTHE laboratories and testbeds, including a chance to see MIRTHE research and technology deployed in field applications. Afterwards the program focused on MIRTHE's education efforts. Read more...
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