• Technical Conference:  17–21 September 2017
  • Exhibition:  19–20 September 2017

VIP Networking Event

Michael LiehrMichael Liehr
Chief Executive Officer, AIM Photonics Inst.


Michael Liehr is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Manufacturing of Integrated Photonics. As SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology, Michael focuses on the creation of new business opportunities, and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the SUNY Poly core strategic 300mm semiconductor and packaging partnership engagements. Prior to this assignment, he led the Global 450mm Consortium through the start-up phase as the General Manager.
Anjul LoiaconoAnjul Loiacono
Business Development and Strategic Marketing Manager, Thorlabs

Anjul has been employed at Thorlabs in Newton, New Jersey for over eight years. As the head of Business Development and Strategic Marketing, her responsibilities include creating and fostering corporate and academic relationships within the photonics industry, assessing new business opportunities, developing business strategies, and analyzing sales and market trends. Prior to joining Thorlabs, Anjul received her Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University where she designed and built an optical coherence tomography system for investigating blood flow in the developing heart of chicken embryos. Anjul’s favorite part of her job is being able to work on a wide variety of projects with individuals both within and outside the company.

Claudio MazzaliClaudio Mazzali
Sr. Vice President, Technology, Corning Optical Communications, Corning Inc.

Dr. Claudio Mazzali was appointed Senior Vice President, Technology, Corning Optical Communications and Optical Connectivity Solutions in January 2015. In this role, Mazzali expanded his previous responsibility, acting now as the chief technology officer for the COC sector while still responsible for the technology development for the OCS division.
Previously, Mazzali was the business technology director for the Telecom Sector, leading its early stage development by leveraging a close connection with the Research organization and focusing on integrated solutions that require collaboration between fiber, cables, and connectivity.
Mazzali joined Corning in 1999 at the Brazilian regional office as an optical communications specialist, and later became technical manager for Corning Optical Fiber in Latin America. In 2001, Mazzali was transferred to Corning, New York, and has held multiple positions in Corning Optical Fiber, including strategic alliances manager, product line manager for high-data-rate and submarine products, and new business development manager.
Mazzali holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at Unicamp, Brazil. 

Jannick RollandJannick Rolland
Co-Founder & CTO, LighTopTech  

Jannick Rolland is the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, the Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) and the Director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Engineering. Prof. Rolland earned a Diploma from the Institut D’Optique in 1984, and MS (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in Optical Science from the University of Arizona. Prof. Rolland served on the editorial board of the Journal Presence (MIT Press) (1996-2006), and as Associate Editor of Optical Engineering (1999-2004). She is a Fellow of the OSA and SPIE, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of SID, director of the ODAlab, Director of the board of OSA. She was awarded the 2014 David Richardson Medal of the Optical Society for visionary contributions and leadership in optical design and engineering, enabling noninvasive, optical biopsy.
Martin SeifertMartin Seifert
President, Nufern

Martin Seifert is the president of Nufern in East Granby, Connecticut, which was founded in 2000 as a Telco specialty fiber house.  Nufern successfully changed to a fiber laser and amplifier supplier for the industrial and military/aerospace markets in 2003, and was sold to Rofin in early 2008.  In 2010, Nufern expanded it’s product family by acquiring the fiber optic gyroscope coil winding business of Optelecom-NKF.  While Martin has predominantly been a business leader for the last thirty one years, he has a technical background and is named on a number of Nufern fiber, chip, and laser patents.
Prior to Nufern Martin was the President and GM of Lucent Specialty Fibers, a position which came as a result of his successful turn around of the foundering SpecTran specialty optical fiber manufacturing company and its subsequent sale to Lucent in 1999.
In 1992 Martin started and managed a successful combined hardware and software business at Rockwell.  Before being recruited to turn around SpecTran, he was COO of Schweitzer Engineering Labs.  In 1984 Martin managed a drives and control system service organization within Bucyrus-Erie, now a division of Caterpillar.

Edward WhiteEdward White
Corporate Outreach Executive, AIM Photonics Inst.

Ed White, Corporate Outreach Executive for AIM Photonics, began his career at Kodak. At Kodak, Ed held several executive positions with global responsibility including General Manager Optical Products & Vice President Commercial Imaging Group, Director WW Equipment Manufacturing & Vice President Global Manufacturing and Logistics, Director Ink Jet Manufacturing & Vice President Consumer Digital Group.
After leaving Kodak, Ed founded Edward White Consulting, LLC where he has consulted since 2009.

 In his current position as AIM Photonics Corporate Outreach Executive, Ed has responsibility for identifying companies who will participate and benefit from improvements in Photonic Integrated Chip manufacturing, generally educating the community about the merits of Photonic Integrated devices, and increasing membership in AIM Photonics. He also focuses on AIM Photonics’ sustainability post government funding. In addition to these duties, Ed is responsible for the AIM Photonics’ Test, Assembly and Packaging business located here in Rochester.

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