The Harnessing Light study committee that I co-chair is currently undertaking a similar task, focused on not only building on the success of the original 1998 Harnessing Light report in establishing optics as an enabling technology impacting a wide range of disciplines, but also on identifying technological opportunities that have arisen from recent advances in optical science and how to translate progress in photonics innovation into competitiveness advantage, workforce needs, and manufacturing infrastructure. Part of this work includes looking at the successes and failures of other countries and clusters. In addition to the EU, Japan, Canada, Germany and even U.S. states have released their own reports. What priorities do we share as we move forward into this new century of the photon?
As our committee continues our work and research, I'd like to hear from you:
• What are the grand challenges of our times?
• What more can be done to establish photonics as a key strategic
technology, as much of the world has already done?
• What can be learned from the strategies of our trade partners?
• What are the barriers to progress in your field?
• Where will the next technology opportunities be found?
• What needs to change to move optics and photonics forward?
• How do we keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.?