ORLANDO, FL, Sept. 7, 2011 — The Applied Research Lab at the Pennsylvania State University will host the fall meeting of the Laser Institute of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter on October 12, 2011 at 5 p.m. in their State College, PA facility.

The meeting coincides with the 25th anniversary celebration of the creation of the Laser Processing Division at the Applied Research Lab. The Laser Processing Division, which is one of the premier applied laser materials processing laboratories within the United States, is hosting an Open House throughout the day to highlight recent advances in laser processing technology and the newly renovated processing laboratory. The event will include an optional tutorial session on laser material processing, several presentations highlighting the development and application of advanced laser processing technology, laboratory tours and demonstrations of laser deposition for additive manufacturing and portable repair, hybrid laser arc welding, and advanced micro-processing. Presentations during the Open House will begin with a keynote address on Additive Manufacturing by Ms. Agnes Klucha of Pratt & Whitney’s Engineering Integrated Solutions Group. 

LIA Chapter chairperson, Sarah Boisvert, a Fellow of the Laser Institute of America and co-founder of Potomac Photonics, Inc. [www.potomac-laser.com] notes “organizers Dr. Ted Reutzel and Dr. Richard Martukanitz of ARL have put together a strong program.This meeting promises to be an exciting event, with presentations by industry leaders that will include a fundamental perspective of ultra-short laser processing, advances in beam delivery optics and laser technology in the photovoltaic industry. As usual, we will conclude the meeting with a networking reception for further interaction among participants.”

Both the Open House and LIA chapter meeting are open free of charge to attendees, but pre-registration is required. For additional information on attending the Open House visit the website: http://www.arl.psu.edu/laserprocessing.htm or contact Dr. Richard Martukanitz at 814-863-7282 (rxm44@psu.edu) or Dr. Ted Reutzel at 814-863-9891 (ewr101@psu.edu).

For information on the LIA Mid-Atlantic Chapter please contact Sarah Boisvert at sboisvert@potomac-laser.com.

About LIA
Laser Institute of America (LIA) is the professional society for laser applications and safety serving the industrial, educational, medical, research and government communities throughout the world since 1968. LIA is the secretariat and publisher of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136 series of laser safety standards. For more information, visit www.lia.org.

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