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Research at Rochester

Rochester has been named the home for the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), which will receive $600 million in total funding. Rochester has a long history of training the next generation of optics, photonics and imaging workforce, and the institute will leverage the capabilities of the University of Rochester, RIT and other academic partners from across the country. View the video of the announcement


aerial view of campusA compact campus works to our advantage. All units of the University are within a 10-minute walk or drive, facilitating a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary research environment.

Leading medical center

surgeon puts on maskResearch at the University of Rochester Medical Center — famous for its role in developing three vaccines now used worldwide — is a $232 million enterprise involving thousands of scientists, and more than 1,100 individual clinical research projects.

State-of-the-art technology

two researchers with a laser system mirror assembleA Blue Gene Q supercomputer, capable of more than 200 trillion calculations a second. An Omega 60-beam laser tthat can deliver up to 40,000,000,000,000 watts of power onto a target less than 1 millimeter in diameter for approximately one-billionth of a second.

Tools like these are crucial assets for faculty and student research.

Vibrant region

downtown RochesterRochester's historic tradition as a center of manufacturing excellence, especially in optics and photonics, has helped it transition to a knowledge-based economy. And as the city's leading employer, the University has been a key catalyst.

Culture of innovation

The deformable mirror assemply of the OMEGA EP laser system at the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics212 inventors from 51 University departments and units filed invention disclosures in fiscal year 2012. When measured against its peers, the University of Rochester is one of the most productive institutions in the nation in terms of royalty generation.

Tradition of discovery

historic photo of optics scientistsFor more than 150 years, the University has been a pioneer in fields as diverse as geology, optics, medical education, economics, political theory, and human behavior.