Upcoming CPIA Events

May Quarterly Meeting

CPIA PresentsThe Rise of Quantum: The Future of Information Science, Sensing, and Metrology and Happy Hour after at Rayback Collective!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3:00 pm
Location: Particle Measuring Systems in Boulder, CO

Quantum technologies exploit the fundamental properties of matter to manage and transmit information, and to measure physical phenomena in ways that greatly exceed existing capabilities. The past few years have seen a dramatic increase of global interest in quantum, as there is immediate potential impact in the fields of timekeeping, inertial sensing, EM field sensing, and information science. In this talk we will present an overview of future quantum applications, with particular emphasis on how the existing and emerging resources in atomic and optical physics can serve those markets.


June Course Offering
Modern Optical Testing

Wednesday, June 13, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Held at REO in Boulder, CO

This one-day course, taught by Dr. James Wyant, introduces the field of interferometric optical testing. Topics covered include basic interferometers for optical testing, concepts of direct phase measurement interferometry, testing of flats, spheres, windows, and corner cubes, long wavelength interferometry, testing of aspheric surfaces, measurement of surface microstructure, and absolute measurements offlats, spheres, and surface roughness.



August Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, August 22, 3:00 pm
KMLabs, Inc.in Boulder, CO
Stay tuned for details and registration



Other Upcoming Events and Activities

World Trade Day 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver

May 15, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

World Trade Day is the premier international business conference in the Rocky Mountain Region. Join us on May 15 for a day of key-note speakers, short talks by trade experts, peer-to-peer learning, followed by a networking reception. The event will feature an expo showcasing the region’s top global businesses.


Critical Thinking for Manufacturers in Frederick

Starts Monday, May 14, 6:00 PM
In This Class You Will Learn:

  • The 5 Whys… Root Cause Analysis
  • Don’t Just Collect Data… Collect the Right Data
  • Problem Visualization Tools… Solving the Real Problem
  • Brainstorming is Not Daydreaming… Thinking Outside the Box
  • New Skills in Your Toolbox… Solve Your Real World Problem

(Personal note: I have worked with Paul Harter, the instructor, for a while now and he is a wonderful and insightful instructor. Aleta)


Colorado Advanced Industry Night in Denver

Wednesday, May 09, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rockies Venture Club (RVC) and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) present a night dedicated to the Advanced Industries of Colorado.


NOCO May Insite Tour – Wolf Robotics at Wolf Robotics, LLC in Fort Collins

May 17, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Wolf Robotics, A Lincoln Electric Automation™ Company, has manufactured robotic integration solutions for automated ARC welding, cutting systems, cladding, 3-D metal printing, material removal, and material handling applications for close to 40 years. With 8,500 robot systems around the world, Wolf Robotics is one of the largest general manufacturing robot integrators in North America.


Save the Date: Jeffco EDC’s 3rd Annual Aerospace & Defense Small Business Industry Day at the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood

June 28, All Day


SPIE Optics + Photonics at the San Diego Convention Center

August 19 – 13

The largest multidisciplinary optical sciences meeting in North America. Covers optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, quantum science, and organic photonics. Three conferences and multiple application areas in one event.

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


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. 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.


At our annual meetings, CPIA has traditionally presented a Colorado Photonics Company of the Year award along with other awards that recognize innovation, service, volunteers and founders. See the list of previous award recipients.

CPIA Technical Classes

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.