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Paul Tolley
Paul Tolley
CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies; Executive Director of the CNSE Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence

  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University (1990)
  • Associate of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mitchell College (1987)

Professional Background:

  • President & CEO, Infotonics Technology Center (ITC MEMS) - the New York State Center of Excellence in Microsystems and Photonics, Canandaigua, NY (2008-2010)
  • Vice President & Managing Partner, Syntec Optics, Rochester, NY (1999-2008)
  • Engineering Manager & Senior Program Director, OCLI/Opkor, Inc., Rochester, NY and Santa Rosa, CA (1995-1999)

Patents & Awards:

  • Frost & Sullivan Award, Growth Excellence and Innovation Award Polymer Optics (2008)
  • U.S. Patent 7,413,689 B2 for Diamond turning advancement on Polyetherimide materials for low surface roughness. (2007)
  • Member, U.S. Senate Manufacturers Caucus, invited by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton D-NY and Lindsey Graham R-SC. (2005)
  • Raytheon Top 5 Supplier and Accelerator Award winner (2003)
  • Universal Instruments Excellence Award Top Supplier (2000)
  • Kodak Recognized Suppliers (2000 - 2004)

Organizations and Clearances:

  • U.S. Department of Defense clearance status
  • Member, SPIE (formerly The International Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers)
  • Member, SPIE Homeland Security Technical Advisory Board
  • Member, American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association
  • Board Member, Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC)

Selected Publications

  • Contributing Editor, Handbook for Plastic Optics, December, 2009.
  • HRDT: High Refractive Diamond Turning, SPIE, August 2006.
  • Raising the Bar on Polymer Optics, SPIE, August, 2005.
  • Polymer Optics Gains Respect, Photonics Spectra, October, 2003.
  • Introduction to Plastic Optics, American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA), November, 2002.
  • The Effects of Birefringence on Plastic Optics, Compaq Corporation, October, 1997.