Colorado Photonics Industry Association

Welcome to CPIA


CPIA is a not-for-profit association of industrial, educational, and governmental entities involved in research, development, and/or the sale of products and services that involve photonics technologies.

CPIA Unites the Photonics Industry in Colorado

To promote the strength and contribution that photonics technologies make. Publicizes this strength in industry trade shows and international business forums.

Helps assure a trained workforce is available to allow the industry to grow and attracts out-of-state talent. Promotes the needs and wants of the photonics industry to the local and federal governments.

Provides a forum for industry, academia, and government laboratories to collaborate on R&D projects.

What We Do

The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) is an association of Industrial, University, and Government entities involved in research, development, and/or the sale of products or services that involove photonics technologies.



Whether it is attending, exhibiting, speaking at or sponsoring one of our CPIA events, members have the opportunity to increase their visibility and business pipeline through membership in CPIA. CPIA holds two large events a year, in April and October, that attract the photonics community throughout Colorado and beyond.

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Industry Class

Industry Classes

Throughout the year, CPIA holds optics and photonics classes recruiting well-known instructors from around the country. Subjects can range from optical design, to lens coatings, to laser systems. Member registrations are always offered at a discount. The classes CPIA offers are often only available at large conferences, making these classes more affordable and accessible.

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CPIA publishes an on-line newsletter once a month that offers a quick-look at member news, funding opportunities, events, legislative activities and more. It is a priority for make sure that member news gets included and highlighted in this monthly newsletter. Other eblasts, website and social media posts make sure that the photonics community in Colorado is well documented and widely distributed.

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Photonics Workforce

Photonics Workforce

CPIA works to strengthen the optics and photonics workforce in Colorado. We are constantly updating our Job Openings page on our website and have had multiple members say they have hired people that found them through CPIA. CPIA has a close partnership with the Front Range Community College Optics Technology Program and also pursues any workforce grants that could benefit our membership.

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The Photonics Industry is Broadly Represented in Colorado

Photonics Industry In Colorado Is:



Over 8,000 are Employed in the Colorado Photonics Industry and over 250 Colorado Companies working in Photonics.



53.5% Engage in Manufacturing. 33.3% focus on Research and Consulting & 12.3% Identify as Photonics Wholesalers.



Colorado supports Photonics As An Advanced Industry:
From 2014-2017 30 Photonics companies working in Colorado have been awarded over $6.5 Million in Advanced Industries
grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is investing in programs that support internships and apprenticeships to help train the next generation of Photonics innovators.

Celebrating the Success of the Rocky Mountain Summit and Expo!

We are thrilled to announce the resounding success of the Rocky Mountain Summit and Expo held at the Denver Marriott Westminster! This year’s event was an incredible gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and professionals who came together to share insights, forge new connections, and drive forward the future of our industry.

Highlights from the Summit:

– Inspirational Keynotes: Esteemed speakers who shared their vision and insights on the latest trends and future directions.
– Engaging Workshops: Hands-on sessions that provided practical knowledge and skills to enhance professional growth.
– Networking Opportunities: Countless moments for attendees to connect, collaborate, and build lasting relationships.
– Innovative Exhibits: Cutting-edge technologies and solutions showcased by leading companies and startups.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors who made this event unforgettable. Your participation and enthusiasm were instrumental in creating an enriching and dynamic environment.

Don’t Miss Out Next Year!

If you missed out on this year’s Summit, don’t worry! Planning is already underway for next year’s Rocky Mountain Summit and Expo, and it’s going to be even bigger and better. Stay tuned for updates and make sure to mark your calendars.


Join us next year to:

– Hear from industry visionaries
– Participate in groundbreaking workshops
– Explore the latest innovations
– Network with top professionals and experts

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Thank you once again for making this year’s Rocky Mountain Summit and Expo a huge success. We look forward to seeing you next year for another extraordinary experience!

Together, we are shaping the future!

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Our Annual University Meeting Was a Great Success!


Attendees spent an evening with CPIA as we hosted a convergence of the photonics focused research and academic community in Colorado. This celebrated event is held annually at the University of Colorado at Boulder and features researchers and educators from major regional institutions discussing their research activities related to photonics.

Industry representatives were in attendance sharing exciting recruitment opportunities with the hundreds of graduate students in attendance. This highly anticipated event is an ideal place to secure local talent and solidify industry relationships.

Congratulations to this years poster contest winners! There was an incredible amount of talent featured throughout the posters and it was nearly impossible to select only three! We cannot wait to see everyone next year as we celebrate another year of industry growth.

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What Our Member Say

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It’s good for our company to support CPIA to be part of the photonics community in Colorado. There are a lot of benefits, there’s information gleaned from other members, and there’s financial support that is provided through different grants CPIA has identified.

Travis Green

Travis Green

President, ARO
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II’ve been a board member of CPIA for a few years and have always been impressed with how collegial and approachable the Colorado Photonics community is. We all are working together to improve the ecosystem not just across Colorado and the nation, but internationally as well.
Paul Searcy

Paul Searcy

Chief Scientist, BridgeComm

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