City Tech Vision Care Alum Wins First Prize at OptiCon Competition

Andrew Paul, a recent graduate of City Tech’s Vision Care Technology Department, walked away with the $500 first prize in the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) College Bowl competition, which took place at the OptiCon Conference at Disney World, Florida, on October 2, 2016. city-tech-college-bowl-2016

After graduating from City Tech, Paul accepted a position as a regional representative for Shamir Optical, a large lens manufacturing company. He recently took his New York State Boards and has been appointed to the Vision Care Technology Department’s Advisory Board.

“I consider Andrew a valued asset to both the vision care program and to City Tech. He has a promising future and will undoubtedly be very successful in the ophthalmic industry,” said City Tech Professor Robert Russo, President of NFOS.

Sponsored by Essilor of America, the OptiCon College Bowl competition is modeled on the popular television show “Jeopardy” and features questions in anatomy and physiology, ophthalmic dispensing, ophthalmic fabrication, contact lenses and optics. This was fourth time in six years that City Tech won the top prize, beating out students from colleges in Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington State, New Mexico and North Carolina.

Photo: (l to r) Professor Kimberly Strickler, Chair, Vision Care Technology; Professor Robert J. Russo, President, NFOS; Andrew Paul; Randy Smith, NFOS Executive Director; and Danne Ventura, Essilor of America.