Look around you – your phone, computer, TV – all are modern-day technologies made possible largely by photonics. Optics and photonics are the science and application of light. Specifically, photonics generates, controls and detects particles of light to advance manufacturing, robotics, medical imaging, next- generation displays, defense technologies, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy and much more. Simply put, photonics is addressing and solving the challenges of a modern world. It enhances our quality of life; safeguards our health, safety and security; and drives economic growth, job creation and global competitiveness. Optics and photonics technologies enhance the quality of life in many areas.