OSA Rochester Section

Talks & Events

The Rochester Section meets approximately twice each month, usually on Tuesdays. Our meetings include a talk by a featured speaker. Each talk is preceded by an informal dinner at a local restaurant with the invited speaker. The annual dinner meeting in May includes a banquet dinner. These meetings are open to all individuals.

Upcoming events

    • October 28, 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • UR/LLE East Lobby

    A History of Optics at Bausch + Lomb - Past, Present & Future


    Speakers: Ian Cox PhD, and George L Grobe PhD,

    Bausch + Lomb has been a Rochester fixture since it was founded in 1853, and it has always been regarded as an integral part of the optics community.  This connection was clearly visible in the first century of the company’s existence, with the development of spectacles, microscopes, telescopes, camera lenses, and other military and civilian optical instrumentation as well as the manufacture of optical glass.  However in the late 1960’s through to 2000 the company started a swing away from optics with the development of soft contact lenses, the acquisition of pharmaceutical and other health related businesses and the divestiture of medical instruments and the RayBan sunglass division.  In 1999 the purchase of the companies that were to form the B+L Surgical Division signaled the return of Bausch + Lomb to physiological optics and although the path was often tortuous, this led to B+L once again being recognized as a company who not only respected their optics heritage, but rejuvenated the skillset within the company and made optics a key feature of all their new surgical and contact lens products.  In this lecture we will describe the historical link between optics and Bausch + Lomb from the very beginning of the company, presenting previously unseen archive material from the company vault, how the course of the company changed direction during the mid 60’s to late 1990’s and then describe the development of the products that brought the Bausch + Lomb name to once again be synonymous with physiological optics.


    Ian Cox was awarded his Bachelor of Optometry degree with honors from the University of N.S.W., Sydney, Australia in 1981, and in 1986 received his PhD degree from the same institution for studies involving the visual performance of soft contact lenses. In 1986 he began working in the United States as a Senior Research Optometrist in the Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Division in Rochester, NY.  Throughout his career at B+L, Ian primarily worked as an individual contributor working on projects to improve contact lenses, refractive surgery and intraocular lenses through changes to improve physiological response and visual performance through optical design. In 2013, Ian was promoted to Bausch + Lomb Research Fellow, a senior executive position and the first person to be awarded this title in the company’s history, for his continuous contribution of technical innovation and leadership across all medical device business units of Bausch + Lomb. In August 2013 Ian left Bausch + Lomb at the time of the Valeant Pharmaceutical purchase of the company, and founded IGC Consulting, an organization dedicated to enable ophthalmic companies to new and innovative products to commercialization. Ian is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester.  He has authored 42 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has had 13 patents granted.

         George L. Grobe, III, Ph.D. is Vice President of Research and Development for Vision Care and Surgical Products at Bausch + Lomb, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals.  George joined Bausch + Lomb in June 2008 as Vice President of Global Research and Development for the Vision Care business.  George was previously with DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, where he served as Vice President of Research.   The DePuy team introduced novel polymer and orthopaedic implants over his tenure.

         Prior to joining DePuy, George was Director, Materials and Surface Science at Bausch + Lomb in Rochester.  George spent 12 years working at B+L, working primarily on a variety of products.  George also worked at Perkin-Elmer in the Physical Electronics Division managing their surface science laboratory in New Jersey.  George has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Roswell Park Memorial Institute, an MA in Analytical Chemistry from SUNY at Buffalo and a BS in Chemistry from Stonehill College.


Past events

October 14, 2014 Sydor Optics Open House
September 30, 2014 A Novel Anamorphic Adapter for Mobile Filmmaking
September 16, 2014 Freefrom and Conformal Optics Manufacturing and Metrology
May 06, 2014 Annual Dinner Meeting
April 22, 2014 Monitoring and Analyzing Gaze Behavior in Mobile Observers
April 08, 2014 Cooled CCD Cameras for Scientific Imaging
March 25, 2014 Biological and Bio-inspired Photonic Materials
March 11, 2014 Technical Marketing for High-Tech Products and Innovations
February 25, 2014 NIR Optical Diagnostic Techniques for Isolating Yield and Reliability Faults in Nanoscale ICs - Capabilities and Challenges
February 11, 2014 Multispectral Photoacoustic Imaging for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: An Ex-vivo Study
January 28, 2014 Corning's Metrology Technologies
January 14, 2014 Beam shaping for coherent laser applications
December 17, 2013 Digital Micromirror Development
December 14, 2013 Family Night at The Institute of Optics 2013
December 10, 2013 Seeing cells in the living eye: Pushing the limits of high-resolution retinal imaging
December 03, 2013 RPO Rochester Precision Optics Open House event
November 19, 2013 Development of Infrared Focal Planes for Low Background Space Astronomical Cameras
November 12, 2013 TISCH: Terahertz Imaging & Spectroscopy for Cultural Heritage
October 29, 2013 Optics at ASML, Sub-Wavelength Litho For The Next Generation Electronics
October 16, 2013 Special event talks at SPIE Optifab featuring two guest speakers
October 01, 2013 TISCH: Terahertz Imaging & Spectroscopy for Cultural Heritage
September 17, 2013 3D Printing Technologies by Dr. Denis Cormier from RIT
September 05, 2013 RRPC 2013 Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament
May 07, 2013 Annual Dinner Meeting
April 23, 2013 The Kodak Research Laboratories at 100, 1912-2012
April 09, 2013 Use of Optics to Study Electrically Silent Functions of the Brain - Novel Insight into Why We Sleep
March 26, 2013 Metrology Developments at QED
March 26, 2013 CEIS University Technology Showcase
March 21, 2013 THz Photonics: Bridging the "Gap" and Beyond
March 13, 2013 Single photon slow light: Quantum optics at a snail's pace
March 12, 2013 Lens Design for Low Sensitivity to Thermally Induced Stress Birefringence
February 26, 2013 What's up at Semrock? Complex Thin-Film Coatings for Spectral Transmission and Dispersion Control, and Who is IDEX/Semrock?
February 12, 2013 The Design and Integration of a Custom Broadband 15x Zoom Lens for NIR Fluorescence-Guide Surgery
January 29, 2013 Terahertz - Last Frontier of the EM Landscape
January 15, 2013 Quantum Information, Computation, and Teleportation
December 15, 2012 Family Night at The Institute of Optics
December 11, 2012 The Legacy of Rex Bishop Wilsey, an Early OSA-RS President
November 27, 2012 Computational Illumination for Scene Recovery and Material Classification
November 13, 2012 Latest Developments in MRF Technologies
October 30, 2012 Special Event Sponsored by Optimax: Kodak Contribution to Cold War Surveillance
October 16, 2012 OIDA: Update and Outlook for the Optics Market
October 02, 2012 A Look at How Optics Saved the World, Really!!... the Corona Program
September 18, 2012 Multiphoton Endoscopy for Clinical Diagnostics
April 17, 2012 Annual Dinner Meeting
April 03, 2012 Plant Tour - Optimax
March 19, 2012 Jupiter's Moon Io: A World of Many Volcanoes
March 13, 2012 Solar Sailing via Radiation Pressure and Optical Lift
March 06, 2012 Freeform Optics on the Frontier
February 21, 2012 Interferometeric Radius Measurements
February 07, 2012 Laser Speckle Control for Nuclear Fusion Research
January 24, 2012 Precision Instrumentation at the University of Rochester
January 10, 2012 Modeling the Image Chain
December 10, 2011 Family Night at The Institute of Optics
November 22, 2011 Next-Generation Photovoltaics
November 08, 2011 The Importance of 'Middle Skill' Training in Supporting the Optics Workforce
October 25, 2011 Plant Tour: Sydor Optics
October 11, 2011 Talk
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