E dmund Industrial Optics (EO) has been meeting the industrial optic needs of the engineering community for over 58 years. This has not been an easy task, as the technologies that our customers use change very rapidly. As a result, we have constantly grown and adapted to suit these changes in the industries and markets we serve. Daily developments in the design and application of industrial optics occur, both at EO and worldwide. EO is quick to recognize the role of education in keeping abreast of these innovations.
The design and manufacture of new optical products is impossible without the hard work of qualified engineers. For any industrial optics company to remain competitive, it must insure that its engineers not only have the best tools, but also are continuously educated in the use of these tools. This guarantees quality products and services to the customer. In addition, continuing education bolsters existing skills, while teaching new ones encourages innovation and helps businesses maintain a competitive edge.
The success of any engineering business, however, cannot be reliant solely on the level of familiarity with the design or development processes, but also on a thorough knowledge of the uses, flexibility and limits of the products it offers. Within EO this is particularly im-portant. Educated engineers are the link between customers and products, providing technical support, troubleshooting assistance and custom design services to our clients. This approach to service not only enriches the value of our products, it helps to establish long-term relationships with our customers.
In short, EO feels ongoing technical education not only enables high standards of engineering, but also works to stimulate corporate growth and strengthen business relationships.
EO's attention to engineering education surpasses these focuses. Affiliations with the University of Rochester and the University of Arizona allow EO to assist in developments and research in the university's optical engineering programs.
Conversely, EO employs many optical engineers graduating from these programs. This helps secure the future development of optical engineers, a challenge when one realizes that jobs requiring these engineers outnumber the engineers themselves! Our attention to higher education helps ensure that the field of optical engineering continues to grow, fueled by the work of future generations of talented engineers.
Unquestionably, our success in a very competitive market can be traced back to education on a number of levels. With this in mind, EO is proud to sponsor the Design News Engineering Awards Program. We are very pleased to contribute to the development of future engineers, and to recognize the efforts of those currently working in engineering and engineering education. EO has come a long way thanks to their diligent work, and looks forward to continue doing so for many years to come.