"Our community is thrilled to see optics and photonics recognized in America COMPETES as essential to our nation's leadership in global markets, economic growth and job creation. New opportunities arising from photonics offer the potential for even greater societal impact in the next few decades. America COMPETES charges US industry, academia and the federal government to work in partnership to invest in critical optics and photonics research and technologies that will enhance innovation in private and public sector laboratories, promote the nation's continued competitiveness in sectors across the global economy and sustain a well-trained workforce into future generations. On behalf of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), I thank the bipartisan team of House and Senate leaders for their dedication to pursuing this critical piece of legislation – the photonics community looks forward to collaborating with the government to fulfill the promise of America COMPETES."
ABOUT THE NPI: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government to raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics on our everyday lives; increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields; and drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security. The initiative is being led by top scientific societies including the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, the Laser Institute of America (LIA), The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE). For more information visit www.lightourfuture.org.
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