Former Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who now serves as head of the Rochester Business Alliance as well as on the leadership team of Unshackle Upstate, will serve as the chair of the AIM Photonics Leadership Council, a five-member panel that will oversee the establishment of the major photonics center in Rochester.

The Leadership Council will establish the strategic and technical direction for the $600 million Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation that will be located near Rochester.

AIM Photonics CEO Dr. Michael Liehr said:

“Nobody is more respected or has a deeper knowledge of the Rochester business landscape than Bob Duffy, and we are thrilled he has agreed to assume this important leadership post and play a pivotal role in guiding the growth of AIM Photonics. With a global network of business and professional relationships and proven experience in the public and private sectors, we are honored to have such a distinguished New Yorker leading us as we move forward.”