Social Impact

Ernst & Young Entreprenurial Winning Women

Ernst & Young Entreprenurial Winning WomenTM

Linda Smith is a member of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM class of 2008.


Luminate Advisory Board

Linda Smith is on the Board of Advisors for Luminate, the only international startup accelerator focused solely on next-generation optics, photonics and imaging.

Startup Challenge

SPIE Start-Up Challenge

CERES supports the judging of SPIE Start-Up-Challenge, the “Best of the best” new photonics businesses. Competition showcases the power of entrepreneurs to move photonics technology to the global marketplace.


CERES supports the judging of SPIE PRISM Awards, the “Oscars” of Photonics.


SPIE Fellow

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Linda Smith of CERES is SPIE Fellow, chairing conferences and serving on SPIE’s Scholarship and Financial Advisory Committees.


Pan Mass Challenge

The PMC is the single largest contributor to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston) and raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the US.  Last year, PMC raised $56 million and donated 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. CERES raised and cycled more than $100,000 and 2,200 miles for the PMC. These are crucial funds that make a difference in the lives of cancer patients around the world.

European Photonics

European Photonics Industry Consortium

CERES is member of European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), who promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics by fostering a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement worldwide.

University of Rochester Institute of Optics

University of Rochester – The Institute of Optics

Founded in 1929 as the first Optics education program in the US by a grant from Kodak and Bausch and Lomb, the charter of The Institute of Optics is to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of Optics. Linda Smith is on The Hajim School of Engineering Visiting Committee.

Accredited Senior Appraiser

American Society of Appraisers – Business Valuation

The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) is a world renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession. ASA’s mission is to foster the public trust of our members and the appraisal profession through compliance with the highest levels of ethical and professional standards. Linda Smith, Accredited Senior Appraiser, instructs on Valuation of Technology Businesses.

University of Rochester Simon School

University of Rochester Simon School of Business

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, launched by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant, focuses on a broad definition of entrepreneurship: the generation and transformation of ideas into enterprises that create value — economic or social. Linda Smith is frequent guest lecturer in Technology Entrepreneurship.

OSA Foundation

OSA Foundation – The Innovation School

The Optical Society of America (OSA) is leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. CERES supports its Innovation School, a highly-interactive program perfect for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs seeking to participate in the innovation economy.