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The U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus held its public launch event Feb. 24, in a virtual format. The bipartisan, bicameral caucus is co-chaired by Joe Morelle of N.Y. and Brian Mast of Fla. in the House of Representatives, and Krysten Sinema of Ariz. and Steve Daines of Mont. in the Senate.
Conversations at the event spanned issues relating to the optics and photonics workforce, which speakers said is lacking in terms of size and its ability to meet demand. Many researchers, Monroe Community College professor Alexis Vogt said, are finding themselves taking on the roles of technicians because there are not enough trained technicians available to meet current industry demands.
Adele Ratcliff, director of the Industrial Base…