Exelis Inc.’s Geospatial Systems operation was scheduled to hold a ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon at its Lee Road facility to celebrate the $2 million technology investment the company received from the University of Rochester.
Earlier this year, the UR invested in a multimillion dollar optics polishing machine to be used by Exelis. Optics fabricated by Exelis are then used by the university’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics for studies that use lasers to research alternate sources of energy.
The ceremony signifies the start of the optics polishing work using the new polishing equipment. Magnetorheological finishing—a part of Exelis core optics business expertise — is a highly precise, fluid-based optical polishing method, which involves putting complex and highly detailed features on optical surfaces with very few defects.
Officials from Exelis and UR, as well as local politicians, were scheduled to attend.
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