Clemson University's COMSET builds on Nufern partnership


At right: Principals in the Clemson/Nufern partnership include (from left to right): Wade Hawkins, director of the COMSET optical fiber fabrication laboratory; Liang Dong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Cindy Lee, interim associate dean for research and graduate studies; Martine LaBerge, acting dean, College of Engineering and Science; Martin Seifert, Nufern president, Bryce Samson, vice president, business development at Nufern. (Image: Clemson University)

Clemson, SC--Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) recently unveiled the Nufern student office suite in the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL). Nufern, a U.S. manufacturer of fiber laser and specialty optical fibers, is a longtime partner of COMSET. Based in East Granby, CT, Nufern serves industrial, military/aerospace, medical, and telecom applications.

Nufern has historically supported COMSET with a series of donations to the Clemson University Foundation, and anticipates opportunities for strengthening the affiliation in the future.

“Our industrial partners and their investments help sustain our innovation and work-force development activities,” states John Ballato, COMSET director. “We are especially grateful to Nufern and recognize their commitment to our vision.”

“Nufern values the many interactions and collaborations it has had with Clemson’s COMSET over the last 10 years, and looks forward to many more years of working together on innovative programs that push photonics technology forward,” said Bryce Samson, vice president of Business Development at Nufern.

Liang Dong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has more than 20 years experience in research and development in photonics and optical fibers, and has enjoyed an extensive working relationship with Nufern. “Long-term partners like Nufern help COMSET get industry perspectives and to align its research and education efforts to be industry-relevant,” says Dong.

Nufern is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., a U.S. company headquartered in Plymouth, MI and Hamburg, Germany. COMSET, formed in 2000, is an interdisciplinary unit of Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science. COMSET provides an organized framework with centralized infrastructure for faculty with common interests to collaborate in developing advanced materials, devices, and systems that generate, transmit, manipulate, and use light. COMSET investigators are developing wide-ranging deliverables including specialty optical fiber, organic LEDs, light-emitting plastics, glasses, and crystals.

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