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 – Small Business Expo!

February 22, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 at RealD, Boulder CO

Join us in celebrating the growth of Colorado photonics and the 20th anniversary of CPIA with a look at the exciting products and technologies of these small photonics companies. Hear brief presentations followed by the opportunity to learn more by circulating around the exhibit area to visit one-on-one, see actual products, and ask questions.  Featured companies: Ascentia Imaging, Avantes, Cold Quanta, and Double Helix. More information and registration.

“Introduction to Optical Tolerancing”

March 3 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder – North
6333 Lookout Rd. Boulder, CO 80301

Instructor: Dr. Ken Castle

More information and registration.



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