CLEMSON — OFS Laboratories is teaming with Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), to create fiber optics research space in the Clemson’s Advanced Materials Research Laboratory. The area will be known as the OFS Laboratories Optics Industry Lab.

“COMSET’s Industrial Partners Program recognizes our most generous industrial partners as their investments help sustain our innovation and workforce development activities,” said John Ballato, COMSET director. “We are especially grateful to OFS Laboratories as an inaugural industrial partner and recognize their commitment to our vision through this naming.”

“OFS Laboratories is excited to be working with the talent at Clemson’s COMSET labs and contributing to the academic environment that fosters innovation and new researchers in the optical field,” said David DiGiovanni, chief technology officer for OFS.

The OFS Laboratories gift enables COMSET to further its mission as a global leader in innovative teaching and research, Ballato said.


OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, connectivity, FTTX and specialty photonics solutions. The company’s marketing, sales, manufacturing and research teams provide forward-looking, innovative products and solutions in areas including telecommunications, medicine, industrial automation, sensing, government, aerospace and defense applications. OFS provides reliable, cost-effective optical solutions to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s digital and energy consumers and businesses. OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., OFS is a global provider with facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Russia and the United States. For more information, visit

COMSET, formed in 2000, is an interdisciplinary unit of Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science. COMSET provides an organized framework for faculty with common interests to collaborate in developing advanced materials, devices and systems that generate, transmit, manipulate and utilize light. With the science and engineering of light-based technologies approaching a trillion dollar global market, COMSET researchers blend “what-if” basic science with more applied research to develop wide-ranging deliverables, including organic LEDs, specialty optical fiber, light-emitting plastics, glasses and crystals. With materials as the technology enabler within all devices and components, Clemson University, through COMSET, is uniquely positioned to support the research, workforce development and outreach needs of the industry.

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