OPTICA Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2023

  • May 16, 2023
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Arbor at the Port - 1000 N River St Suite 110, Rochester, NY 14612


OPTICA Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2023

Christopher Deeney, PhD - Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester

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 Christopher Deeney, Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), University of Rochester. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to hear about current and future work at the LLE and advances in fusion

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


May  16th

5:30 p.m. - Networking
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Dinner
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Optica Business Meeting
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Talk by Dr. Christopher Deeney
8:30 - 9:00 p.m.  - Social


This year's event will take place at:

Arbor at the Port

1000 N River St

Suite 110

Rochester, New York 14612

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Invited Talk

"Exploring the Universe at 250 East River Road"

Christopher Deeney, PhD

Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester


Hubble, James Webb, and Chandra are names familiar to astrophysicists. These telescopes have elucidated new understanding of the universe from the instability driven Pillars of Creation to a growing plethora of exoplanets. At the down-to-earth Laboratory for Laser Energetics, our 50- year history of innovation in lasers, optics, and plasma science have opened up new research areas and created new states of matter. The recent creation of an igniting fusion plasma at the National Ignition Facility has energized the community—bringing a star to earth. In parallel, the experiments on the Omega Laser Facilities have created exciting stellar conditions in the laboratory and are now explaining potential structures for exoplanets and some of the large planets in our own solar system. The recent progress in these areas will be highlighted. Exciting new regimes will be enabled by our next optics and laser innovations. Novel designs of high-bandwidth lasers will accelerate progress in fusion and open the path to the highest power lasers in the world—25 PW may be around the corner (hopefully at 250 East River Road).


Christopher Deeney, Ph.D., is the fifth Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He previously served as Chief Science and Technology Officer, National Security Directorate, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in addition to his years of experience at the Nevada National Security Site as a Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He managed the almost $2 billion research and development portfolio for Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. As a researcher and senior manager, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories. Chris is known as a scientific and innovation leader with direct experience running complex operations, especially in high-energy-density physics. In his role as Director, Deeney manages the Laboratory’s senior management staff, providing executive-level guidance and direction. He participates in the day-to-day management of the Laboratory; fosters successful relationships among University Senior Leadership; federal, local, and state government officials; peer organizations and laboratories; Department of Energy; National Science Foundation; Department of Defense; private industry; and the local community. He participates in ongoing University strategy development. At LLE, he develops strategies with an emphasis on bringing high-quality science and technology solutions to address key challenges in fusion, high-energy-density physics, and laser technologies while maintaining effective operations of the academia’s largest lasers and educating future generations of scientists and engineers. Chris received his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the Imperial College in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Registration fees and payment

  • $60 for Non-Member Guests
  • $50 for Optica Regular Members
  • $30 for Student Non-Members
  • $20 for Optica Student Members
  • No charge for Optica Honorary Members (Contact the Optica President)
  • Corporate Sponsors - Please contact house@opticarochester.org with the number of expected attendees to reserve tickets
  • Reservations (including guest names) must be made by Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

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

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