Wasatch Photonics launches travel grants to celebrate International Year of Light

April 20, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.; LOGAN, Utah; and DURHAM, N.C. - Wasatch Photonics Inc., a leading provider for gratings, spectrometer and optical coherence tomography  instrumentation, is celebrating the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies by launching its Travel and Publication Grant Program.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 to be the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2013. Mike Sullivan, general manager of Wasatch Photonics, said the Wasatch program supports research exchange by providing special grants to some of its customers for travel to academic meetings and publications.

"The grants will support part of travel or publication cost. Wasatch has made it clear that while the grant is to support research performed using the company's products, it should not interfere with neutrality and academic rigor of the research work," he said.

"We are driven by the goal of providing the best tool to support research and development. We believe that exchange of knowledge is one of the most critical components for vibrant research. With this in mind we are trying to push beyond making state-of-art products and support exchange of research in the community."

Wasatch's Travel and Publication Grant Program has been supported by other quarters of the optics industry as well. SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs praised the program.

"This program provides powerful acknowledgement of the importance of collaboration to scientific progress and economic vitality," he said. "It speaks to the values of the company, its support for advancing science and technology for the benefit of our world."

Details of the program can be found here.

Wasatch Photonics is headquartered in Logan, Utah, has a division in the Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina, and an office in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette.

About Wasatch Photonics Inc.

Founded in 2002, Wasatch Photonics Inc. designs, manufactures and markets high-performance Raman spectrometers, Optical Coherence Tomography systems, enhanced holographic optics for optical networking, spectroscopy, test and measurement, and medical imaging applications. Their high-performance Volume Holographic Optic Elements (HOEs) and gratings are used in a diverse set of industries, including those in the defense and security, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical, energy, education, computer, and electronics markets. Their products are based on proprietary holographic recording media and Dickson grating technologies.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana: West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. 

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Source: Mike Sullivan, 919-544-7785, msullivan@wasatchphotonics.com 

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