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Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus Virtual Launch

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 12:00pm
15 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20515
United States


Date: Wednesday February 24, 2021  ||  Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET || Where: Virtual Event via Zoom Webinar

RSVP for the launch event: Zoom Link  || Add your boss to the O&P Caucus: email

Supporting Organizations: New York Photonics; Colorado Photonics Industry Association; Montana Photonics Industry Alliance; Florida Photonics Cluster; New Mexico Optics Industry Association; Mi-Light Cluster (Michigan Optics & Photonics Industry Association); Optics Valley Arizona; International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE); The Optical Society (OSA); National Photonics Initiative (NPI).


Dear Colleague,

Please join us for the launch of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional Optics & Photonics (O&P) Caucus. The virtual event will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET via Zoom.

From next-generation health care and the very existence of the internet to enhancing our ability to gather intelligence, improve and strengthen our national security, and protect our troops in the field, light-based technologies ensure our nation remains at the forefront of technological advancements, to the benefit of all Americans.

This newly formed Congressional Member Organization, led by Reps. Joe Morelle and Brian Mast and Honorary Co-Chairs Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Steve Daines, seeks to advance the use of light-based technologies through public and private investments and policies. These technologies can significantly improve defense capabilities, communications, energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and scientific research. They also play a pivotal role in workforce development. The caucus will work in a bipartisan and bicameral way to increase awareness of how optics and photonics improves the everyday lives of Americans and maintains the U.S. position as a leader in global innovation.

When: Wednesday February 24, 2021 || 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET || via Zoom Webinar

Speakers include:

  • Congressman Joe Morelle, D-NY25; O&P Caucus founder & Co-Chair
  • Congressman Brian Mast, R-FL18; O&P Caucus founder & Co-Chair
  • Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ; O&P Caucus Honorary Co-Chair
  • Senator Steve Daines, R-MT; O&P Caucus Honorary Co-Chair
  • Dr. Bruce Tromberg, Director of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) 
  • Dr. Alexis Vogt, PhD, Professor of Optics and MCC 
  • Q&A with Co-Chairs and Ed White, Chairman of National Photonics Initiative

Please complete this Zoom link to RSVP for the launch event. For more information on the launch event, or to add your boss to the caucus, please contact Jo Stiles (Rep. Morelle) at or Libby Tidwell (Rep. Mast) at


Joe Morelle                                                            Brian Mast
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