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Miles City, Montana

Miles City, Montana grew where two rivers meet: the Yellowstone and Tongue. Miles City is also the birthplace of one of the world’s great vaccinologists, Dr. Maurice Hilleman.  Photo credit: Montana Department of Commerce.

Meet a Montanan

Dr. Peter Roos

In 2006, Dr. Peter Roos founded Bridger Photonics with two graduate school colleagues. Dr. Roos blends a rigorous technical background in laser physics with many years of executive experience leading Bridger Photonics. As an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, Dr. Roos researched diode lasers alongside Nobel Laureate Dr. Carl Wieman. Under Dr. Roos’s leadership, Inc. Magazine ranked Bridger Photonics as 2011’s fastest-growing privately held U.S. company in the engineering sector.

In 2012, Bridger Photonics received the Tibbetts Award, along with the Montana Governor’s Innovative Business Award. And in 2019, Bridger Photonics’ Gas Mapping LiDAR™ was selected for a 2019 R&D 100 Award recognizing the top 100 innovations worldwide that year.

Expanded to Montana Success Stories:

Berkshire Hathaway Energy: From its roots in renewable energy, Berkshire Hathaway Energy's portfolio consists of locally-managed businesses that share a vision for a secure and sustainable energy future. These businesses deliver low-cost, safe, and reliable service each day to more than 12 million customers and end-users throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Alberta, Canada.

Big Idea Ventures: The Generation Food Rural Partners fund commercializes university-developed intellectual property focused on food, protein, and agriculture innovation. It launches new companies, recruits seasoned management teams, and provides support from inception alongside its university and strategic partners.  Its mission is to support economic development in rural communities and drive innovation in university ecosystems across the United States.

INDUSTRY: Located on Montana State University’s 42-acre Innovation Campus in Bozeman, Montana, INDUSTRY Bozeman will provide more than 80,00 square feet of customizable office and shared amenities. The all-new tilt-up construction will include 26,000 sf of shared amenities. These amenities include an event center with stadium seating, a training room, conference rooms, huddle rooms, patios, and a reception area.

Installed Building Products: IBP is one of the largest insulation installers in the residential new construction market in the U.S., and a leading installer of complimentary products.

Vista Outdoor Inc.: Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture, and market sporting and outdoor products. It serves a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, and athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals.


Did you know Montana is in the highest tier for science and engineering degrees as a percentage of higher education degrees conferred, according to the National Science Foundation?

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Montana Fast Facts:

Upcoming Events 

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, NV

January 5-8, 2023

SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV

January 17-20, 2023

SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, CA

January 28-February 2, 2023

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