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O&P Caucus Event: Workforce Challenges & Lighting a Path to Success

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 12:00pm
15 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20515
United States


Date: Wednesday October 27, 2021  ||  Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET || Where: Virtual Event via Zoom Webinar

RSVP for the event via Zoom Link 


Dear Colleague, 

Please join the Bicameral, Bipartisan Congressional Optics & Photonics (O&P) Caucus for a briefing on Workforce Challenges facing our nation’s high-tech industry. The virtual event will take place Wednesday, October 27th, at 12:00 PM via Zoom Webinar. 

Optics & photonics companies, both large and small, have dealt with hiring shortages for skilled technicians for years, and this challenge has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This rapidly growing industry is responsible for technologies like displays, fiber optics, lasers, sensors, and quantum systems and addressing workforce shortages is critical to ensuring the US remains a leader in this innovative, global industry.  

The O&P Caucus is pleased to present a discussion on the workforce development challenges facing optics & photonics companies. Our experts will share insights on the challenges, strategies, successes and areas for federal engagement to help address our nation's workforce shortages. 

Opening Remarks:

  • Congressman Joe Morelle, D-NY25; O&P Caucus founder & Co-Chair
  • Congressman Brian Mast, R-FL18; O&P Caucus founder & Co-Chair
  • Senator Steve Daines, R-MT; O&P Caucus Honorary Co-Chair
  • Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ; O&P Caucus Honorary Co-Chair


  • Congressman Joe Morelle


  • Dr. Alexis Vogt, PhD, Professor of Optics at MCC 
  • Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik North America
  • Trent Berg, President of Montana Photonics Industry Alliance
  • Katie Schwertz, Senior Design Engineer at Edmund Optics

Please complete this Zoom registration link to RSVP for the event. For more information on the 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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