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In 2012 Regional Technology Strategies, Inc identified a rapidly growing cluster of optics and photonics companies and research institutions in Montana.  Comprised of over 20 organizations, this cluster is the highest per capital concentration 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.

Talent Lives Here

Dr. Joe Shaw
Director of the Optical Technology Center, Montana State University

I develop optical remote sensing instruments for applications ranging from airborne mapping of invasive lake trout to all-sky imaging of sky polarization. I also am an avid photographer and recently published a book called Optics in the Air.

I choose to live in Bozeman because I was born in Bozeman and grew up in Alaska, so I love living among mountains and open spaces.

Dr. Joe Shaw
Director of the Optical Technology Center, Montana State University

I develop optical remote sensing instruments for applications ranging from airborne mapping of invasive lake trout to all-sky imaging of sky polarization. I also am an avid photographer and recently published a book called Optics in the Air.

I choose to live in Bozeman because I was born in Bozeman and grew up in Alaska, so I love living among mountains and open spaces.