CPIA Annual Meeting 2019

October 22, 2019, 2:30 – 6:00 pm

University of Colorado at Boulder  

Close to 100 people, including 22 students presenting posters, attended CPIA’s 2019 Annual Meeting.



3:00 – 3:30 Welcome, CPIA Report
3:15 – 3:30 Awards and Sponsor Presentations
3:30 – 4:00 Keynote Address
4:00 – 5:30 Student Poster Contest, Buffet Served
5:30 – 6:00 Poster Winners

Ken Anderson Kicks-Off the 2019 Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting, Student Poster Contest

Keynote Presentation:
Kent Rochford, PhD
Click here for Dr. Rochford’s Slides from the Meeting
Note: Slides 22-35 cover market and technology trends

More about Dr. Rochford




Student Poster Contest:
The annual meeting is an opportunity to learn about current photonics and optics research conducted at ALL Colorado research universities. Talented graduate students competed for cash prizes with posters presenting their research topic. Out of 22 students competing in the poster contest, three top winners received $250 and two honorable mentions were awarded as well. The winner, Jonathan Barolak from Colorado School of Mines, presented on “Development of Wavelength Multiplexed Single Shot Ptychography

Pictured left to right:
Pictured left to right, student poster winners:
Dr. Bart J. Van Zeghbroeck, CU ECEE Prof., Jonathan Barolak (CO School of Mines), Peter Johnsen (CU Boulder), Quynh Nugyen (CU Boulder/Jila), Hayley Sohn (CU Boulder), John Hergert (CU Boulder), Ken Anderson, CPIA Board President



This year’s winner of CPIA’s “Photonics Company of the Year” award, MBio Diagnostics, achieved distinction in the industry and contributed to the photonics economy in Colorado. Chris Myatt, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of MBio, accepted the award and shared advice with the students about the establishing of this outstanding medical instrumentation company.

ColdQuanta was this year’s winner of “Photonics Innovator of the Year” for their outstanding work in commercializing quantum atomics, the next wave of the information age. Accepting the award was Dana Anderson, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of ColdQuanta.

Also honored at this year’s CPIA Annual Meeting, was Adams County Economic Development, for their many years of service and support to CPIA. Accepting the award was Gary Horvath who then presented it to Deb Durand of ACED.