Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News.  She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape.
 
Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.
 

Rochester Institute of Technology

The father of 3-D printing was honored with an award at Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday night.

Chuck Hull invented the manufacturing process called stereolithography, or 3-D printing, in 1983, and founded the company 3D Systems in 1986.

University of Rochester

Initial estimates for how many jobs the AIM Photonics Institute in Rochester would create were in the thousands, but according to some experts, that kind of economic growth is difficult to predict.

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We know what photonics is — it's the science and application of particles of light, called photons.

And we know what it does — photonics technology makes lasers and LEDs, and it is being integrated into microchips and advancing imaging systems.

But the creation of a photonics institute in Rochester is actually part of a national push toward investing in manufacturing jobs.

The Rochester region is poised to become the photonics hub of the nation, thanks to $600 million in public and private investments that will establish a national photonics institute in the city's downtown.

But those without a science background are at a disadvantage when it comes to understanding not only what photonics is, but also how an industry built up around it will affect the local, regional and national economy.

Time to settle this once and for all: What is photonics?

Rochester's Harris Radio Corporation is one of three companies recently awarded a big US Army contract. Over the next ten years, Harris will produce tens of thousands radios for soldiers to use in combat. The contract is worth $12.7 billion.

But Senator Schumer says it almost didn't happen. He says the Department of Defense had a closed procurement system for the contract that gave one company an advantage, and would have prevented Harris from bidding.

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