The AOIA Mission

Arizona’s optics industry is world-renowned and composed of companies ranging from large aerospace corporations to research facilities and entrepreneurial start-ups situated here in southern Arizona. Over 80% of the Optics related businesses are involved members of the Optics Industry Association.

Tucson is often referred to as “Optics Valley” because of the concentration of highly visible optics-related companies accompanied by a large talent pool. The Optics Cluster represents a broad range of products and services, including optical design and engineering, fiber optic components for telecommunications, lasers and semiconductors, metrology instrumentation, high precision optical fabrication, high volume precision plastic optics, precision measuring and positioning equipment, microscopes, telescopes, opto-electronics, image processing software and optical coatings/thin films.

Benchmark data collected in 2001 suggests that while cluster membership is predominantly from small companies, optics revenue in Tucson alone may account for over $600 million and more than 1400 jobs. Proximity to the Mexican border and an active relationship with Canada’s optics leaders have added to Southern Arizona’s market position.

AOIA Members

Why join AOIA, …..We are here to help you grow your business

  • Learn about new business opportunities
  • Receive information on current optics research in the state
  • Assistance in contacting capturing grants
  • Develop your company international reach
  • Develop your workforce
  • Publicize your company
  • Increase your corporate networking

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AOIA Luncheon Event at the Arizona Inn – September 29, 2015

AOIA Luncheon Event at the Arizona Inn There will be an AOIA Luncheon Event at the Arizona Inn on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 from 11:30am to 2:00pm. The event will feature LUXeXceL presenting: “3D Printed Optics.” The cost per attendee …
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James Webb Space Telescope Models

A Kickstarter campaign for reduced-scale models of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)! JWST- a NASA-European Space Agency (ESA) collaboration. We’ve used the prototypes at NASA-sponsored events around the country, demonstrating to large groups of adults and children the complex …
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Cluster Lunch – Impact of Proposed Export Controls

Cluster Lunch Arizona Inn April 20th Presentation by Matthew Goldstein On the impact of proposed U.S. Export Controls on Fundamental Research and Scientific Publications All Optics Researchers and Scientist should attend this 2 hour luncheon at the Arizona Inn on …
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Racing the Sun

Racing the Sun Saturday, April 25 9:00am – 3:00pm The Racing the Sun competition captures the imaginations of high school students and challenges them over the course of the school year to work as a team to design and test …
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2015 International Year of Light

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light. IYL2015 is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, …
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