CPIA Quarterly Meetings

Held at a Colorado company, these afternoon meetings include networking, a speaker of timely interest, and a tour of the facility.
Members & Students can attend at no charge, All others $25


“Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques”

March 2 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Annual Meeting

The fall quarterly meeting each year has a unique agenda where we focus on the photonics research being performed in our Colorado Universities.  It also includes the annual Student Poster Contest where grad students present their research to judges from local companies.  In an effort to identify and reward communication skills and the ability to sell an idea, students are judged on their ability to describe their project to someone outside their specific field and convince them of the need for their work.

More Information

At our annual meetings, CPIA has traditionally presented a Colorado Photonics Company of the Year award to a Colorado company or institution that we feel has substantially contributed to the Colorado photonics industry. Other awards recognize innovation, service, volunteers and founders. See the list of previous award recipients.

CPIA Technical Short Courses

Technical short courses feature highly qualified instructors in a half-day, one-day or two-day format with discounted registration for CPIA members.

CPIA Seminars

Seminars are two-hour training sessions on various topics with local experts as speakers. Past topics include patenting issues, grant opportunities, successful trade show tips, and sales strategies for technical products.

Special Events

Special events provide the opportunity for more social networking and may include a well-known speaker, reception, or dinner. Interested in sponsoring, hosting or presenting? Please contact CPIA.


Upcoming CPIA Events

CPIA Quarterly Meeting “LIDAR at Ball Aerospace”

Wednesday, May 17, 2:30 to 6:00 pm

Registration Deadlines:

 U.S. Citizens: On line registration for U.S. Citizens will close May 16 at 5:00 pm.

Others:  Due to security requirements foreign nationals and resident aliens must register by May 1 and submit security information by May 3. Foreign nationals are welcome to attend the meeting, however, due to security restrictions may not participate in facility tours (5:00 to 6:00).
Link to registration

CPIA Technical Courses – We Bring the Experts to You

The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) is excited to host Dr. Julie Bentley from The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester on June 7 & 8, 2017. Etc.

June 7, 2017
Introduction to Optics (aimed at the non-optical engineer)      ½ Day Course
First Order Layout and Optical Systems       ½ Day Course
June 8, 2017
Advanced Lens Design Full Day Course

Instructor Bio


CPIA Quarterly Meeting – August 24, 2017 – 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Wearable Optics for Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
Including a panel discussion with:
Mike Yee (Miyota)
Ken Anderson (Akonia)
Andy Goris (Microsoft)
Alan Rudolph (CSU)
Host: Rocky Mountain Instrument Company
106 Laser Drive, Building 1, Lafayette, CO
Save the Date
Watch for Registration Information



January 27 – February 1, 2018
Photonics West 2018
San Francisco, CA