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  Our Mission
The mission of the Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC) is to support the growth and profitability of the photonics industry through the strength of a unified voice and to make Florida the place to go for photonics solutions.  The driving forces of the FPC are networking opportunities with industry peers, an expansive resource base, and an educational community focused on industry input for curriculum development. The FPC is a  501c(6) not-for-profit corporation. 

The FPC is dedicated to enhancing the industry through effective collaboration by bringing together the knowledge, expertise, and service that each member company or organization has to offer.


Message From The Current President

I am honored to serve in the role of President of the Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC). I am in awe of all the notable contributions of so many in the FPC who have helped grow and expand the optics and photonics industry in Florida and we are just getting started! Our past President Dr. Alex Fong and Executive Director Dr. James Pearson have been instrumental in leading FPC for over a decade, working closely with the FPC officers and Board of Directors. The FPC leadership have helped shape and grow the FPC and our Florida representation of photonics not only in the US, but around the world.

Local Florida innovation, research, and high–tech manufacturing continue to fuel the Floridian economy and are leading our great state to become a world–leading high–tech hub. Photonics is and will continue to play a vital role in this future growth and will be crucial for creating sustainable economic development of our state for years to come.Success stories of Floridian photonics companies will continue to attract new high-tech startups, manufacturing facilities, technology centers, and outside investments to the state and will play a vital role for new job creation and the overall prosperity of our local economy.

Exciting times are ahead for the worldwide photonics industry and I look forward to our future endeavors to make Florida the place to go for photonics solutions.

Dr. Alexei Glebov, OptiGrate/IPG Photonics Corp
President, Florida Photonics Cluster

Our Founder

The Florida Photonics Cluster was the vision of Bill Schwartz.  Bill is best known as president and chief executive officer of Schwartz Electro-Optics, a company he founded in 1983.  Often referred to as the true pioneer of Florida’s laser industry, laser research groups or companieshe led have been the source of 15 of Orlando, Florida’s 40 laser companies and organizations.  

Bill headed up laser research, development, and production programs at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando division before founding International Laser Systems (ILS) in 1968.  He was president and CEO of ILS for 15 years until it was purchased by Litton and renamed Litton Laser Systems in 1983.  He then founded Schwartz Electro-Optics.

Bill Schwartz passed away in 2000, but his vision for the future of photonics lives on through the FPC.
What's New

Join us for the virtual FPC meeting on May 21st at 4 pm. Please go here to RSVP to be sure you get the full meeting information and any agenda updates.

The FPC organized a Florida Cluster Grouping at SPIE’s Photonics West exhibit, Feb 4-6, 2020 with a total of 24 Florida Companies participating in conference with 13 in the Florida Photonics Cluster grouping. Let us know if your company would like to join us for the 2021 Photonics West Florida grouping

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  The FPC  
The FPC is a 501c(6) not-for-profit corporation per the IRS and is registered with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. The Employer ID number (EIN), assigned by the State of Florida for the FPC, it is 593352840.  Because the FPC is a trade organization, 501c(6) in the IRS classification, donations (including dues) are not deductible as a charitable donation.  They may be deductible as a business expense, but you will need to consult with a tax advisor to determine this for your company.
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