OPTICA Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2022

  • May 24, 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • La Luna Restaurant, 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614


Corporate members listed below, please contact president@osarochester.org with the names of your FOUR COMPLIMENTARY attendees.

  • Corning
  • JML Optical
  • Luminate
  • OptiMax
  • OptiPro
  • QED Technologies
  • Schott
  • Sydor Optics
  • Toptica Photonics
  • Viavi Solutions

The Rochester Section of OPTICA (also known as OSA Rochester Section or OSA-RS) hosts an annual business meeting and dinner featuring an update of the year's activities and a special guest speaker.

This year we will be hosting Luminate and its latest cohort of startup companies. Do not miss this exciting networking opportunity

The details for this year's annual dinner meeting is as follows:


May 24th

5:30 p.m.   Networking
6:30 p.m.   Dinner
7:00 p.m.   Business Meeting
8:00 p.m.   Talk by Dr. Carl J Williams
9:00 p.m.   Adjournment


La Luna at High Falls
60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614
Parking is available in the public garage at
240 State St, Rochester, NY 14614

Invited Talk

Dr. Carl J Williams

Optica - Quantum Science Advisor & Consultant 


The Modern Quantum Ecosystem and Its Application Space

In the early 1900's, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein and others laid the foundations of quantum mechanics -- nature's instruction book for the smallest particles of matter. Almost all of 20th Century’s technology exploits the semiclassical properties of quantum mechanics.  Today we are actively exploiting the stranger parts of quantum mechanics to build a whole new era of quantum technologies.  These quantum 2.0 technologies exploit the fruits of basic research resulting from Quantum Information Science – the confluence of Information Science and Quantum Mechanics.  Quantum information scientists have already convincingly demonstrated the long-term feasibility of these new approaches and now there are an emerging number of niche applications, including NIST’s own quantum logic clock as well as revolutionary new approaches to sensing, communication, and computing.

The talk will begin by describing the difference between these two quantum eras and then describe the evolving quantum ecosystem.  That ecosystem includes investments by national governments, venture capitalists, high technology companies that have resulted in a rapidly evolving capabilities and numerous new quantum start-ups. The talk will then describe some of the known applications coming out of the quantum ecosystem and move on to probable applications, some key demonstrations and conclude with futuristic applications that touch on fundamental questions of the universe and capabilities that could have tremendous implications for society and the economy.


Dr. Carl J. Williams is the CEO and President of CJW Quantum Consulting LLC.  He established CJW Quantum after a highly successful career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he led the NIST Quantum Information Program and helped to establish the United States government policy that led to the National Quantum Initiative Act, that led to the establishment of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C).  He is a member of the Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Williams received his B.A. from Rice University in 1981 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Washington Academy of Science. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Quantum Information and Computation, has authored over 120 scientific publications.

Registration fees and payment

  • $45 for OSA-RS regular member
  • $15 for OSA-RS student member
  • $55 for non-member guests
  • No charge for OSA-RS honorary members (contact president)
  • Cash bar is available.
  • Reservations (including guest names) must be made by May 22, 2022 

If you can't register on-line or wish to pay by check, please make out a check to "OSA Rochester Section" and send it to:

OSA Rochester Section
Francois Piche
238 Parkview Drive
Rochester NY 14625

No tickets will be distributed. Confirmed reservations will be placed on a list.

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