Member Directory

Optics, photonics, quantum are a significant component of the southwestern Montana economy. On a per-capita basis, Bozeman, Montana has one of the highest densities of optics companies found anywhere in the United States. Many of these companies were founded by Montana State University graduates, often through MSU technology transfer.

Advanced Electronic Designs, Inc

AED provides software, FPGA, and electronic hardware product development services for the photonics industry and beyond.  Since 1994, our innovative solutions have resulted in lasting collaborations and elevated our clients’ presence in their respective markets.

Bozeman, Montana

AdvR, Inc.

AdvR specializes in engineered nonlinear optical technologies, offering a wide range of products for frequency conversion and phase modulation. With capabilities in bulk and waveguide based LN, MgLN, and KTP, AdvR is able to offer custom solutions for applications requiring SHG, SFG, DFG, SPDC, or THG for wavelengths from the UV to IR.

Bozeman, Montana 59715

Agile Focus Design

Agile Focus Designs specializes in optical microelectromechanical systems through the development of state of the art technology to enable agile focusing in imaging applications.

Bozeman, Montana

Altos Photonics

Altos Photonics offers femtosecond, mode locked, and Q-switched lasers and tunable systems for research and industrial customers. Additional products include non-linear crystals (BBO, KTP, ZGP, KYW, KGW, etc), optical mounts, USB-controlled stages, and other related products. Altos Photonics sells and services products from EKSPLA, Eksma Optics, Light Conversion & Standa.

Bozeman, Montana

Applied Research Lab (ARL)

Montana State University (MSU) is approaching nearly two decades of execution on export controlled and classified projects, which has culminated in MSU’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) that will be completed in January 2020. The ARL is a classified research facility that will handle projects at every national security classification level, to include Secret, Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), and Q-clearance for Department of Energy (DoE). The ARL also allows for MSU to provide student opportunities to obtain security clearances and programmatic experience using waterfall, agile, and Dev Ops development approaches that will lead to a pipeline for the U.S. government, defense primes, and national labs. The goals of the ARL are to expand both research and education, while promoting economic development and bolstering MSU’s student opportunities by providing cleared, experienced graduates. 

Visit the Applied Research Lab website

Armstrong Lin Optimal Solutions

We are here to listen and lend a helping hand. What is that project you have been meaning to kick off if only you had enough manpower? What is that risk to the company that keeps you up at night? We are here to solve these problems for you and keep your organization running seamlessly. Let us remove your roadblocks so you can focus on the fun stuff—innovation and future growth.


Katie and Mingkai met in a marketing class at Bentley University while pursuing their MBA. They instantly hit it off due to their passion for prioritizing employee voices in an organization. They both feel strongly that they could help companies grow by bringing the ideas of boots-on-the-ground employees to life. Out of these discussions, ArmstrongLin Optimal Solutions was born!

Bozeman, Montana



Aurora, founded in 2017 by the leading experts in self-driving, is committed to delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Through rigorous engineering and applied machine learning, the company is building the Aurora Driver, a platform that brings together software, hardware and data services to fully operate any passenger or commercial vehicle.

Bozeman, Montana



Our Vision at Autopilot is to be a world class manufacturing company headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. We’ve been helping businesses and corporations complete projects efficiently and effectively since 2006.

Bozeman, Montana


Blackstone Launchpad

Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars helps Montana State University students and alumni succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. Partnered with the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the LaunchPad is open to students, alumni, and faculty in all majors, and enables participants to access mentoring, grow their network, and access the resources to accelerate the success of their business.

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Bridger Photonics

Bridger Photonics provides disruptive LiDAR solutions for industrial metrology and oil and gas industries.

Bozeman, Montana


CACI International Inc. is an American multinational professional services and information technology company. CACI provides services to many branches of the US federal government including defense, homeland security, intelligence, and healthcare.

Belgrade, Montana

City of Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Cushing Terrell

Cushing Terrell is a nationally recognized architecture, design, planning, and engineering firm providing experience and thought leadership from multiple disciplines for manufacturing and complex lab space design. Founded in Montana in 1938, we leverage our Big Sky gumption and national expertise to design systems and spaces that help people live their best lives, achieve their visions, and enjoy healthy, sustainably built environments. From visionary designs for photonics, quantum, life sciences, and beyond to the practical necessities of workforce housing.

Bozeman, Montana

Elemental Scientific Lasers

With decades worth of combined experience, the Bozeman based team is ready to work with you on an application solution for your LA-ICP-MS specific analysis needs. We look forward to working with you to improve the speed, precision and accuracy of your ICP-MS or ICPOES analysis. ESL laser ablation products are designed and developed with an emphasis on superior performance and benchmark analytical results, application flexibility, operating convenience and reliability.

Bozeman, Montana

FLIR / Scientific Materials Corporation

Scientific Materials is the leading maker of high quality and next generation crystalline laser materials in the world, producing laser crystals and specialty parts for applications in Medical, Military, Industrial and Scientific markets.

Bozeman, Montana

Image Labs International

Image Labs International provides a solid selection of the best imaging equipment on the market. Image Labs provides machine vision cameras, lenses, lighting, frame grabbers, and mounts for machine vision applications. Our experienced specialists support you to select the perfect combination of machine vision components to solve your imaging task. Get the vision solution and all components you need from a single source.

Bozeman, Montana

Laser Lab Source

Laser Lab Source is niche marketplace platform developed for laser laboratory product manufacturers and their customers. We give customers the power to shop from 100’s of the best product suppliers around the World. We help manufacturers get more orders from hard to find OEM and R&D buyers globally. We do this by providing them access to sell to over 12,000 shoppers per month through our marketplace.

Our marketplace websites include:

Bozeman, Montana

Lattice Materials LLC

Lattice Materials is the world’s leading manufacturer of silicon and germanium infrared optical blanks, curves, laser mirror blanks, Czochralski crystal growth seeds, sputtering target material and CNC machined specialty silicon parts.

Bozeman, Montana

Lone Peak Precision

At Lone Peak Precision, we specialize in providing high-quality, quick-turnaround CNC machining services, prototyping, low and high volume manufacturing, welding, sheet metal fabrication, and additive manufacturing to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

Bozeman, MT


LUMIBIRD is one of the world’s leading specialists in lasers. With 50 years of experience and expertise in 3 key technologies – solid-state lasers, laser diodes and fiber lasers – the group designs, manufactures and markets high performance lasers for the industrial (manufacturing, lidar sensors), scientific (laboratories and universities), medical (ophthalmology) and defense markets. LUMIBIRD (formerly Quantel-Keopsys group) is on the Euronext Stock Exchange and employs 800 people. With development and manufacturing facilities in France and Quantel USA in Bozeman MT, and a strong world-wide sales and service network, the group serves a global customer base.

Bozeman, Montana

Maztech Industries

We are an industry leading technology company specializing in rapid development of military and commercial electro-optical systems including night vision, wireless communication, laser ranging and other sportsman accessories. 

Stevensville, Montana

Midwest Welding & Machine Inc.

Founded in 1944, our company has a long history of serving our customers needs in the Gallatin Valley and beyond! From our beginnings in a small blacksmith shop we have grown into our current facility with full service fabrication, welding, machining and powder coating facility. We have a state of the art machine shop with 5-axis, large scale 3-axis and turning capabilities. From prototypes to production and everything in between, we have you covered.

Bozeman, Montana

MonArk Quantum Foundary

The MonArk Quantum Foundry is an NSF program that is jointly led by Montana State University and the University of Arkansas with the overarching mission to accelerate two-dimensional materials research for quantum technologies in the US.

Bozeman, Montana

Montana Chamber of Commerce

To create and sustain an optimal business climate, business prosperity, and a strong Montana economy, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, through advocacy, education, and collaboration, works to provide an empowered and educated workforce, reduce business growth obstacles, and advance positions that promote success for Montana businesses.

Helena, Montana

Montana Department of Commerce

Bozeman, Montana

Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development

Bozeman, Montana

Montana High Tech Business Alliance

Launched in April 2014, the Montana High Tech Business Alliance is a nonpartisan statewide trade association. We support an industry growing up to nine times the overall Montana economy, paying twice the median wage, generating more than $2 billion in annual revenues, and creating 1,700 new jobs per year.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries.We serve the manufacturers of Montana by helping them assess and improve their manufacturing operations, providing trainings and workforce development, and leveraging research and technological developments at Montana State University to keep manufacturing competitive in the state. MMEC is housed in the the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, with remote offices in Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, and Great Falls. 

Our expertise includes staff with decades of combined experience in manufacturing. We are also part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network. NIST is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness. MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers.

Visit the MMEC website

Montana Science Center

Montana Science Center is a non-profit institution providing hands-on learning experiences in science and technology that inspire creativity, innovation, and lead to real-world application. MSC’s partnership with MPIA enables it to design and offer educational programs and exhibits that directly relate to and highlight Montana businesses and research.

Bozeman, Montana

Montana World Trade Center

Montana World Trade Center helps Montana businesses expand internationally through prescriptive business assistance,  trade education, and innovative strategies designed to strengthen Montana’s international trade and investment portfolio.  

Missoula, Montana

MSU Innovation Campus (MSUIC)

The MSU Innovation Campus is Bozeman, Montana’s premier commercial development offering exciting new opportunities for partners to invest in a highly creative and entrepreneurial environment. By establishing collaborative programs between institutions and the private sector, the MSU Innovation Campus will amplify research, commercialize new technologies, and catalyze Montana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Visit the MSU Innovation campus website

Optical Technology Center
Montana State University

The Optical Technology Center (OpTeC) at Montana State University was established in 1995 to promote education and research in the rapidly growing fields of optical science and engineering. The Optical Technology Center is a multidisciplinary center at MSU offering opportunities for students, faculty, industry, and other interested partners to learn and work together to find solutions to practical problems and to discover new applications for optical technology. OpTeC includes research groups from three university departments:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

The primary goal of the center is to maintain a nationally competitive optics program that promotes collaboration with local optical industry, leading to economic growth and improved student opportunities in Montana.


PHIX offers assembly services and contract manufacturing for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). We build optoelectronic modules based on all major PIC technology platforms, such as indium phosphide, silicon photonics, silicon nitride, and planar lightwave circuit. We specialize in chip-to-chip hybrid integration, coupling to fiber arrays, and interfacing of DC and RF electrical signals. By offering our knowledge already at the chip design stage, we provide a smooth scale-up path towards volume manufacturing.

Bozeman, MT

Plastic Design & Manufacturing

Plastic Design & Mfg’g Inc ( PDM ) is an international company with headquarters in Manhattan, MT. and factories in Juarez MX, and tool engineering /logistics offices in Shenzhen China. We specialize in thermoplastic molded parts & assemblies and can provide material recommendations, prototyping, design & development for the optics, communications, hardware and outdoor products companies. We run 24 hours / day ; 5-6 days per week with globally competitive operations.

Manhattan, MT

Prospera Business Network

Prospera Business Network is the leading non-profit organization advancing and supporting community-centered economic development in southwest Montana. Our focus is helping people start and grow their business – in turn strengthening our regional economy and communities. Prospera provides confidential business counseling, professional trainings, business financing, development grants and a suite of business networking and support programs.

Bozeman, MT

Quantum Coax

Quantum Coax manufacture specialized coaxial cable and cable assemblies used to connect to the “qubits” in a quantum computer.  They also manufacture cabling used for other areas of low temperature research done by physicists and chemists at universities and national laboratories. 

Bozeman, Montana

Quantum Composers

Quantum Composers is an internationally recognized leader in precision digital pulse generators and laser micromachining systems specifically for LCD/OLED panel repair during fabrication. Since 1993, Quantum has, in addition to providing standard pulse generators and laser micromachining system, leveraged its skill in precision timing, fpga design and microcontrollers to provide custom instruments including specialized pulse generators, digital cameras, laser controllers, electro-optical modules and laser systems.

Bozeman, Montana

Quantum Strategix

Quantum Strategix is transforming the quantum supply chain for the nation and its allies. Through investment, acquisition, and co-founding we are building robust, industry-mature suppliers with mission-critical enabling capabilities for quantum system integrators

Bozeman, Montana

Resonon, Inc

Resonon specializes in the manufacture and sales of high-performance, lightweight, compact, and affordable hyperspectral imaging cameras. We sell individual cameras, as well as completely integrated hyperspectral data acquisition systems for benchtop, field, and airborne platforms.

Bozeman, Montana

Reveal Technology

Reveal Technology is a Bozeman, Montana-based defense technology company that rapidly creates three-dimensional, situational awareness products for mission planning. Reveal’s flagship software platform, Farsight, automatically processes aerial streaming data to rapidly provide real-time 2D mapping, near real-time 3D modeling, and AI analytics at the tactical edge. Currently, forward tactical operators across the Department of Defense face unique challenges where access to actionable intelligence may be limited or constrained by long lead times, often inhibiting situational awareness and decision making. Farsight solves this capability gap by providing users with actionable intelligence in network-constrained environments to enhance situational awareness, reduce cognitive burden, and streamline decisive, data-driven decision-making. 

Bozeman, Montana

Sensory Labs

Sensory Labs designs and integrates industrial imaging systems for a wide variety of applications, including space satellites, aerial mapping, and laboratory research systems. Our hands-on expertise saves our customers time and money, allowing them to quickly field their systems.

Bozeman, Montana

S Massie Consulting LLC

At S Massie Consulting, we provide peace of mind through export consulting, customized EAR and ITAR compliance programs, and company training. As export compliance experts, we assist companies to implement three key strategies:  accurate export classification codes, fully documented export and/or ITAR compliance programs, and training for employees. All these strategies are customized to your company. 

Boise,  ID

Shadow Ridge

Shadow Ridge Analytics LLC (SRA) is based in Belgrade, Montana and serves private and federal partners throughout the nation. SRA core capability is providing comprehensive support to innovators and government agencies with a broad experience in technology commercialization and licensing, program and project management, economic and financial modeling, and SBIR program consulting.

Belgrade, Montana


SINTR® is an award-winning communications agency that delivers video campaigns for science and technology organizations. We have over 20 years of experience building successful campaigns and video content for product launches for Microsoft, Boeing, Roche, the BBC, National Government Agencies, and Montana-based entrepreneurs.

Bozeman, Montana

Southwest Montana Manufacturing Partnership

To grow and share prosperity gains through world-class manufacturing practices and performance. To make Southwest Montana a region of manufacturing excellence, where manufacturers successfully compete against the global best.

Bozeman, Montana

Spectrum Lab

Spectrum Lab was established in 1999 to advance the opto-electronic technologies emerging from the research laboratories of Montana State University and foster their transition to Montana companies and in the process providing enhanced educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Spectrum Lab’s threefold mission is:

  • To perform advanced research and development on MSU grown photonic technologies.
  • To establish and maintain university-corporate partnerships to effect the transfer of these technologies into Montana companies.
  • To provide enhanced educational and employment opportunities for Montana undergraduate and graduate students, enabling our students to perform team-oriented, goal-driven, time-critical research and development.

Visit the Spectrum Lab web page

Taber Machining

Taber Machining is owned and operated by Jesse Taber.  Jesse Taber learned machining in North Carolina, starting to machine when he was 16.  He did this while attending community college and high school at the same time.  Jesse transferred to MSU after graduation to study Mechanical Engineering, sadly he stopped pursuing this during COVID.  In that time, he founded Taber Machining in November of 2021.  He services many different companies locally in the valley and has a true passion for machining.

Bozeman, Montana


Threaded is building a modern, collaborative software platform to support manufacturers as they launch, scale, and continuously improve their products and operations.

Bozeman, Montana


VACOM Montana Inc. is a manufacturing company specializing in the fields of cleaning services and the production of vacuum components such as flanges, chambers and special components. It was founded in early 2024 and is part of the VACOM group of companies. 

Lewistown, Montana

Vision Aerial

Vision Aerial, designs and manufactures novel drone aircraft systems for commercial inspection and surveying applications. Founded in 2013, Vision Aerial’s uniquely adaptive systems have been deployed in a wide range of civilian and military applications.

Bozeman, Montana

Wavelength Electronics

For over 25 years, Wavelength Electronics has developed high precision, patented, low noise laser diode & quantum cascade laser drivers as well as ultra stable temperature controllers for both OEM system integrators and researchers needing benchtop instruments. The high performance specifications and easy-to-use packaging options accelerate prototyping. Pair that with hassle-free orders that ship from stock and free, responsive technical support and you’ll see why so many companies have chosen to make Wavelength part of their development team. Let Wavelength keep up with the best available technology and safety features while you focus on proving the laser or thermoelectric in your system.

Bozeman, Montana


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