Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Right: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (center) cut the ribbon for the new Optical Surface Technologies, LLC. Also pictured are (left to right): Dale Hite, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) deputy director; Earl Good, AFRL retired director for Directed Energy Directorate; Governor Richardson; New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López; and Edelmiro Muñiz, owner and CEO of Muñiz Engineering.

by George Zamora

ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 31, 2004 – A university/ business partnership forged nearly two years ago between New Mexico Tech and Muñiz Engineering, Inc. of Houston has now resulted in the official opening of a world-class optics research and manufacturing center in Albuquerque.

The new facility already has developed extensive capabilities that include optical systems design and optimization, complete “start-to-finish” fabrication and metrology of optical components (from .3 - 3 meter size), full-range coating capacity, and complete spectral performance testing.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Optical Surface Technologies, LLC (OST) took place on Thursday, September 2, at the company’s facility at 2801 Broadbent Parkway, NE. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson cut the ribbon at the event.

OST was established earlier this year in collaboration with the New Mexico Tech Research Park Corporation, a non-profit umbrella organization affiliated with the state research university in Socorro, and Muñiz Engineering, Inc., an innovative, minority owned consulting and engineering firm.