Photons carry the energy and information essential to modern life. Through them, we explore the Universe, probe the human body, harvest solar power, build ultrafast and secure communication networks, and extend Moore’s Law beyond the barriers of electronics. Photonics is the field of technology that is concerned with using photons to process information or energy. Advanced photonics represents the cutting edge of the field of photonics. Our mission is to develop advanced photonics and apply them for use in solving the most pressing problems in the world.
FPI applies and commercializes the efforts of existing RIT groups who develop technology for the generation, transmission, manipulation, absorption, and detection of photons. Our activities strengthen some of the strongest applied research groups at RIT while providing new conduits between those groups and commercialization opportunities. FPI places a strong, and somewhat non-traditional, emphasis on digital marketing, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Future Photon Initiative and the groups within it, deeply embed students at all levels, across over a dozen departments from several colleges, into interdisciplinary research and commercialization teams. These students have authentic real-world research experiences that enrich their education and dramatically place them in advantageous positions when considering further education or the pursuit of leadership positions in industry or government.
FPI teams leverage their activities by collaborating with business and innovation affiliates to commercialize new products. Potential markets include solar energy, biophotonics, high performance imaging, astrophysics, communication, electronics, and computing. The Institute will seek to have global impact by becoming a leading world-wide consulting service for the practical application of its technologies. As an example, the FPI will endeavor to be leading advisors to DOE, DoD, NSF, and NASA, in support of the development of their future facilities and for guiding their technology development strategic plans. The Future Photon Initiative is working to make significant contributions to three of the areas defined in the recent RIT Strategic Plan: Digital Media and Imaging Science, Global Resilience, and Advanced Design and Manufacturing.