New Mexico Optics Industry Association

Powered by three universities, two national laboratories, one military laboratory, and hundreds of technology-based companies, New Mexico has long been a leader in advanced technology research and development.

New Mexico’s leading edge optics technology strengths include control systems, directed energy, telescopes, communications, imaging, medical instruments, drug discovery processes, and many other new and emerging sciences and technologies.

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nmOptics Releases: Photonics in New Mexico

As a part of its goal of measuring the economic impact of optics and photonics in its region, the New Mexico Optics Industry Association (nmOptics) performed research and developed a comprehensive report on the optics and photonics industry in New Mexico. Measuring the size of an industry is difficult for many reasons. Questions to be researched include: what categories to include? what data are available? This report, Photonics in New Mexico, Diverse Industry Poised For Growth, is a broad look into the profile of the NM optics and photonics industry.

nmOptics’ vice president and principal researcher, Lynore Abbott, led the activity which was sponsored through the generous support of the City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Developing the report is a part of nmOptics on-going sponsorship and advocacy for the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) launched as a result of the 2022 National Academies National Research Council Report, “Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for our Nation.”

“Without the sponsorship and financial support from the City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico MEP, and SPIE, we would not have been able to develop this Report,” said Jim McNally, Chairman of nmOptics. “Lynore Abbott did a superb job mining the data on Photonics companies and research institutes in NM, and developing the Report findings.”

The Report details the business demographics and measures the economic impact of Photonics to the state’s economy, and supports development of a global profile of the Photonics market.

McNally continued, “The recognition of the importance of the international problem-solving potential of light technology is further highlighted as the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2025 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2025). The focus of IYL2025 is to promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world and raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

Lynore Abbott, founding CEO of Logical Marketing, stated that “Our findings demonstrate that Photonics is an enabling technology that touches nearly every GDP category. I believe it is helpful to share this data and methodology in support of other people trying to measure economic impact.”


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3rd Annual Networking Social from New Mexico’s Joint Technology Associations

Tuesday, December 17th
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Tanoan Country Club
10801 Academy Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Join us for a relaxed evening to network and learn about New Mexico’s professional science and technology-focused associations and our shared efforts to advance science and technology cooperation in New Mexico.

This is an invitation only event! Please reserve a seat now by contacting Stephanie at for additional information


August Issue of The LENS

Directed Energy (DE)

Welcome to Directed Energy (DE) educational outreach. The local sponsor of the DE Outreach Campaign is nmOptics. The National sponsor is the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS).

The goal of Directed Energy Outreach is to educate so that informed decisions can be made to transition Directed Energy to it’s intended users. The campaign started in January 2029 with a Bridging the Gap Conference in Albuquerque hosted by nmOptics. The most recent event was held March 2022 in Washington DC called DE2DC hosted by DEPS.

Congressman Lamborn CO at Rayburn House Exhibit

Congressman Heinrich at Rayburn Outreach Event

Fifteen exhibitors displayed mature Directed Energy Technology on 27 March 2022 at the Rayburn house in Washington DC as part of DE2DC. A new Caucus called the DE caucus was approved in Nov 2021. Congressman Heinrich and Congressman Lamborn are the co-chairs of this new caucus.

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The mission of the New Mexico Optics Industry Association is to promote the dynamic growth and development of the optics industry in New Mexico and the Southwest Region.

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nmOptics Association Directors

Mike Morgan, Attorney, Rodey Law Firm

Mr. Morgan is a Director in Rodey’s Albuquerque office, practicing in the Business Department with an emphasis on intellectual property law, particularly patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law. His practice also includes licensing and technology transfer, unfair competition, international law, infringement matters, and intellectual property law related litigation.
He formerly was associated with Bausch & Lomb, Inc. as senior counsel, corporate trademark counsel, and division intellectual property counsel for the Bushnell Division, Option Systems Division and Sunglass Division. Prior to joining Bausch & Lomb, Mike was an examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Thomas W. Tonnessen – President/Owner, InSync, Inc.

Tom is the President of InSync Optics (an optical manufacturing company) that specializes in designing and machining high precision glass for use in commercial and military applications.

Richard Cervantes, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, New Mexico Tech

Dick’s experiences at the University run the gamut: he has successfully negotiated for the purchase of a town (Plyas, New Mexico), created a Limited Liability Corporation (partially owned by the University) for a large optics manufacturing company, and assisted in the construction of a world-class observatory on the Magdalena Mountains. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Bryan Kelchner, Project Manager, Boeing-SVS

Bryan has been involved in electro-optics and directed energy systems for 20+ years. He is currently working for Boeing-SVS, Inc. as a senior systems engineering and project manager and is responsible for the deisgn, fabrication, assembly, and testing of small and large optical systems.

Tony Hull, L-3 Com and Adjunct Faculty, UNM

Tony has held positions of Vice President, Chief Scientist, Principal Engineer, Terrestrial Planet Finder, Coronagraph Technologist, Director of Large Optics, and Optics Program Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope while working for Perkin-Elmer, Optical Corporation of America, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, L-3 Integrated Optical Systems (Tinsley, Brashear and SSG), and most recently, the University of New Mexico where he serves as Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Mike Good, Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mike joined Lockheed Martin Corporation in August, 2005 as Senior Manger, Corporate Business Development for Albuquerque, where he represents all business areas and lines of business within Lockheed Martin Corporation to the Albuquerque customer base. Mike has worked in various engineering and business positions for MEI, TPL, General Research, and AFRL (Albuquerque) over the past 22 years.

nmOptics Association Officers

Chairman : Jim McNally, PhD, Director of Operations at Applied Technology Associates

Dr. McNally leads the operations at Applied Technology Associates, an advanced technology company selling products worldwide. Since his 20-year Air Force career, Jim, a recognized expert in optics technologies, has launched start-ups, including TruTouch Technologies as founding CEO and Chairman. He serves on the Board of Directors for TruTouch, is Chairman for nmOptics, and serves on the UNM Conflict of Interest Committee, the SPIE Policy Committee, and the CNM Photonics Advisory Board. He is the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce 2006 Innovate Albuquerque Entrepreneur Award, and was recognized in the Who’s Who in Technology in New Mexico in 2009.

President Ed Spivak : Managing Principal, Spivak Associates, LLC

Mr. Spivak is a technology and marketing consultant. His involvement ranges from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, here in New Mexico and in Silicon Valley. Ed has been on the nmOptics Board since 1999, volunteering to organize programs and handle a variety of projects. As Treasurer, Ed was focused on securing grants and sponsorships for the Association, as well as continuing to work on programs and various projects. Ed was instrumental in securing WIRED Grant funds for nmOptics’ education programs.

Vice President : Lynore Abbott, M.S., MBA, Director of Marketing, CVI Laser, LLC

Ms. Abbott leads CVI’s worldwide marketing effort. She has held various sales and marketing positions at several telecom start-ups and was an engineer for Polaroid’s Holographic Products. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and in Polymer Science and Engineering.

Secretary : Michael Cranney, Director of Digital Applications, Central New Mexico Community College

Michael is a graduate of CNM’s Laser Electro-Optics Technology program and holds a Bachelors Degrees in Finance and a Master’s in Economics. He has 15 years industry experience with Texas Instruments and Raytheon. He returned to New Mexico and joined CNM as a computer instructor.

Treasurer : Brian Menicucci-President and Founder Menicucci Insurance Agency

Brian is a Certified Public Accountant, Registered Professional Liability Underwriter, Construction Risk Insurance Specialist, and a Certified Insurance Counselor. Brian is currently working on Membership Development for nmOptics. He graduated with honors from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico in 2000.

Library, Links, and Resources

Name Description
Document ASTROS 2010 Report
Document Directed Energy News Release
Document Directed Energy in New Mexico
Document State of New Mexico Incentives
Document Photonics 21
Document Patent Reform Act 2011