Feb. 21, 2020
The field of photonics — the use of light in everything from lasers to optic cables and its application in industries from healthcare to aviation to autonomous cars — is booming, and workers and regions who get in now will reap benefits for decades to come. This science is poised to become an everyday necessity, and like transistors and processing chips, will pay enormous benefits to early adapters who have the workforce to pull in research and development, labs and manufacturing. An argument can be made that the region south of Boston missed the computer and IT revolution that drove economic prosperity in the Route 128 corridor. That’s in part why the state’s $3.8 million grant for a new photonics training center and lab for this region located at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University (BSU) is so crucial.