The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance serves as a hub for Montana’s optics and photonics companies, entrepreneurs, laboratories, and universities to commercialize, grow and sustain globally leading organizations that create high quality jobs and economic opportunity in Montana.

In 2012 Regional Technology Strategies, Inc identified a rapidly growing cluster of optics and photonics companies and research institutions in Montana.  Comprised of over 30 organizations, this cluster is one of the highest per capital concentrations of optics and photonics companies and research institutions in the United States and is recognized by the state for its economic growth potential.  Click here to read the full report, "Imagining a Future for the Big Sky Optics Cluster."

The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance was formed in October 2013 to promote the growth and success of the Montana optics cluster organizations.  We are ...

Advancing the Photonics Frontier

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Dr. Sarah Lukes
Founder, Agile Focus Designs

I started started Agile Focus Designs in 2015 to forge connections across disciplines for the advancement of miniature imaging, science, and healthcare.

I enjoy playing my violin and exploring the great outdoors under the Big Sky.

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John Curry
Engineering Manager, ILX Lightwave Products

I get to solve challenging problems with an awesome group of people.  Our customers are at the leading edge of many industries and are advancing technologies to improve quality of life for people around the world.

Bozeman is one of very few places where you can work in high tech industry and still have immediate access to quality outdoor recreation.  In the winter I can wake up early and go for a pre-work ski tour.  In summer evenings after work I can mountain bike to alpine lakes south of town. Additionally, Bozeman is large enough to have all the services and amenities of a major town, while still being small enough to run into people you know while walking downtown.


Peter Roos
Co-Founder and CEO, Bridger Photonics, Inc

Our company makes very precise laser-based distance measurement systems for industrial and lidar markets.

I love the Bozeman outdoor opportunities, natural beauty, community, and idyllic lifestyle.


Conor Delaney
Gallatin College Student and Laser Technician at Quantel USA

I get to build super neat lasers that are used in all sorts of cool applications from research to manufacturing.

I was looking to advance my career and skill set in the photonics industry and after attending a presentation on the growth of the photonics industry in the Gallatin Valley, I knew that this is where I need to be.

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Ascent Vision

Ascent Vision is a Bozeman, Montana based technology company specializing in precision technologies for the manned and unmanned aerospace industry. In particular, Ascent manufactures and distributes best-in-class Gimbal systems throughout the Americas and Africa. Ascent also designs and manufactures integration mounts and proprietary software programs for its full line of Gimbals. In addition to aerial applications, Ascent pursues integration of its systems into ground-based vehicles, maritime vessels, and other platforms benefiting from Gyro Stabilized camera systems.

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Many of Montana's optics and photonics technology companies are located in Bozeman, in the heart of southwestern Montana’s Rocky Mountains.  Bozeman’s clean air and national forest access offer unrivaled outdoor opportunities for skiing, hiking, climbing, biking, rafting, and camping; an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The community also offers an infrastructure for successful technical businesses, an exceptional educational system, and many cultural and sporting events; all of which contribute to its ideal lifestyle. For more information visit