The whole ceremony was conducted to help celebrate UCF’s 50th year as one of the nations leading educational institutions. The event was used as an opportunity to educate students studying in the optics and photonics field, on how laser technology is used in entertainment applications. In addition the ScannerMAX division of Pangolin Laser Systems Inc. also presented briefly about their new Saturn 5 Optical Scanner, which has great potential for both laser entertainment, industrial and biomedical laser applications. Pangolin currently employs several UCF graduates on their team, so the event was also a great opportunity for those team members to visit their alma mater and share how their experience at UCF helped to propel them and the company to forward.
About the University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 59,300 students, offering 177 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 30 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and 145 countries. The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s named UCF a best-value university, and Forbes named UCF one of the nation’s 50 most-affordable colleges. In 2010-11, UCF awarded $408 million in financial aid to students. More information about UCF is available online at www.UCF.edu
About Lighting Systems Design International (LSDI)
In 1983 a fascination with the ethereal beauty of laser light combined with a passion for high quality laser displays motivated Gregory Makhov to form Lighting Systems Design Inc. In his pursuit to be at the forefront of the entertainment laser display industry, Greg has shaped LSDI into one the most respected laser light show companies in the world, garnering awards for artistry and technical achievement along the way. Since the inception of laser light displays in the 1970’s lasers have become an increasingly popular tool for artists to express their visions. As a result audiences have become more sophisticated, yet the mystique of laser light has continued to tantalize audiences’ senses. Today, LSDI continues to lead by example with our dedication to the concept of Technology & Art for the New Millennium. Special event professionals and show producers are constantly searching for the “New Thing” to provide impact for their presentations or events. This has sometimes lead to the attitude of “Seen one laser show, seen them all.” However, by combining state-of-the-
About Pangolin Laser Systems Inc.
Since 1986, Pangolin has amassed over 20,000 clients in 63 countries firmly positioning themselves as the world leader; providing software and hardware solutions to the laser display, industrial laser, and text message industries. The company, with offices in the USA, Central Europe, and Mainland China, has received more than 20 awards for technical achievement and product quality, and their software has contributed to more than 355 Artistic Awards for its users. Pangolin has products being used by some of the largest events, companies, and brands currently known, including major theme parks such as Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Six Flags; major motion picture companies such as 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks pictures; high-tech companies such as PC Magazine, Boeing, and Lawrence Livermore Labs; popular brands such as Mountain Dew, T-Mobile, and Motorola; major sports teams and events such as the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Eagles, and Super Bowl XLIV; and top-named musical talent including Madonna, Drake, Usher, Metallica, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Jean Michel Jarre, Justin Timberlake and many others. More information on Pangolin can be found online at http://www.pangolin.com, and on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/
About the ScannerMAX Division
ScannerMAX is a division of Pangolin Laser Systems Inc. specializing in the development and production of galvanometer based optical scanners and rotatory actuators. Products made by ScannerMAX can be used across a wide variety of applications including laser materials processing, biomedical laser applications, laser image, pattern and template projection, Stereo Lithography and laser printing, as well as image capture. More information on ScannerMAX can be found online at http://www.scannerMAX.com.