Prism Awards
Presented By
The 2016 - 2017 Prism Award Judges
Uri Abrams
Femtoblanc, USA
Leo Baldwin
Amazon, USA
John Dexheimer
Private Equity Investing, USA
Uri Abrams is CEO and Founder of Femtoblanc, Inc. He has served the photonics industry for over 20 years in many leadership and senior management roles. He also most recently spearheaded the development of PD-LD’s award winning dual laser system LabSource. Prior to joining the photonics family, he held multiple leadership positions in high-volume industrial sensor manufacturing spaces, with responsibilities including general management, strategic planning, financial management, risk management and IP portfolio management. Uri holds a BSME, MSME and an MS in Operations-Financial Management from Drexel University.
Leo is a physicist, a futurist, and an inventor with a career in applied research and product development. He has designed a nuclear reactor core, a submarine life-support system, a rifle scope, a periscope, a ship-based helicopter landing system, machine vision systems and laser systems, and the optics for a utility-scale concentrated solar power system. Leo has investigated nuclear reactor accident scenarios, plastic waste recycling, surface plasmons, adaptive optics, and femtosecond-laser-created nano-structures. His government designs are in service in 26 countries. Leo’s commercial work has resulted in 48 US patents and can be found in glass plants, breweries and silicon fabs, on iPads and iPhones, and in the Amazon Fire Phone. Previous at GoPro, Leo is currently Principal Engineer at Amazona Fellow where he is developing technology for products to be seen 3 or more years from now.
John Dexheimer focuses on optical and sensing systems and applications, enterprise software-services, and alternative energy solutions. John has advised or led investments in more than 100 completed company financings and mergers in communications, software, electronics, materials, and optics. Companies include: Philips, SAIC-Telcordia, JDS Uniphase, Novell, EMC, EDS, United Technologies, Cisco, KLA, Intel, Raytheon, and Schott. Since 1999 he has helped materials and optics firms receive over $800 million of equity investments. He has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.
Jason M. Eichenholz
Open Photonics, USA
Amy Eskilson
Inrad Optics, USA
Randy Heyler
Ondax, USA
Jason is CEO and Founder of Open Photonics. He is an Experienced Technology Development Executive, Technology Scout and Open Innovation Practitioner. He started OPI because he saw a chasm between garage inventors and academic researchers who wanted to see their work commercialized. Prior to starting OPI, he served as the Divisional Technology Director at Halma PLC responsible for supporting open innovation & technology, strategy development for the Photonics Division as well as other divisions / companies inside Halma. Prior to Halma, Jason was CTO for Ocean Optics and Dir. of Strategic Marketing for Newport and Spectra-Physics. Jason has been actively involved in laser and photonics research and product development for more than 20 years.
Amy Eskilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Inrad Optics, manufacturer of exceptional crystal materials and high precision optics. An advocate for localized manufacturing, she is focused on delivering unique products with extraordinary optical specifications. Prior to joining the Inrad Optics team Amy spent 18 years with Thorlabs. During her tenure at Thorlabs she was also involved in photonic start-ups Nova Phase, Menlo Systems, Inc. and Idesta Quantum Electronics. Amy currently serves on the Optical Society Board of Directors. Prior to discovering optics and photonics Amy received her BA degree in Communications and spent several years in New York at McCann-Erickson, the worldwide advertising group.
Randy Heyler is President and CEO of Ondax, Inc., the leading manufacturer of high-performance Volume Holographic Grating (VHG) filters and wavelength-stabilized laser sources. He has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the photonics industry, most recently with Newport Corporation, where his responsibilities included general management, technology planning, strategic and product marketing, OEM business development, branding and product positioning, and industry trade and technical association leadership. He was a founder and VP of the Photonics Packaging and Advanced Automation Division at Newport. He also spent 10 years with Spectra-Physics. Randy holds both a BSME and an MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Marc D. Himel
JENOPTIK Optical Systems, USA
Kenneth Kaufmann
Hamamatsu, USA
Gisele Maxwell
Shasta Crystals, USA
Marc D Himel, a Business Development Manager with Jenoptik Optical Systems, brings 25 years of photonics experience to advancing the application of micro-optics to solve complex system’s issues in semiconductor manufacturing, material processing, and other commercial applications. Prior to joining Jenoptik, he worked in the design and development of advanced EUV and DUV lithography systems at AT&T Bell Labs and SVG Lithography Systems, and as a Product Manager at DigitalOptics Corporation. He received his BS degree in Physics from the California Polytechnic State University, his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Himel has more than 46 published papers and one patent.
Kenneth Kaufmann has been with Hamamatsu Corp. for 24 years and is currently Vice President of Marketing. He received a Bachelor of Science from City College of New York and a PhD from MIT in physical chemistry. Ken, as VP of Marketing for Hamamatsu, has been an active participant in the Prism Awards since 2008, as an applicant, award winner, presenter, and a judge. Hamamatsu is a global leader in photoelectron conversion technologies. The company’s opto-semiconductor products are used in a wide range of sectors, including the automotive industry. Hamamatsu says its quality policy is to “take responsibility as an opto-semiconductor manufacturer to establish a quality control system that provides products the customers needs and contribute to the progress of industry and science”.
Gisele Maxwell founded Shasta Crystals in 2006 (she is also CEO and Director) to commercially develop crystals grown by the Laser Heated Pedestal Growth technology. Since its inception, Gisele has raised over $4M in equity investment and over $1.5M in NSF grants. She serves as CEO and Dir. of Shasta Crystals. She then served as a postdoc at Stanford University in the Byer/Fejer group in the Ginzton Laboratories. Gisele worked for two companies where she successfully took nonlinear crystals to market, Crystal Technology Inc. and Silicon Light Machines. She has served as a consultant regarding Czochralski growth for Koike Corporation, Crystal Technology Inc., and Photonic Materials (Scotland). She has also consulted for New Focus Inc. and for Silicon Light Machines. Gisele is a Technical Grant Reviewer for the National Science Foundation and a Reviewer for the Journal of Crystal Growth.
Jason McClure
Princeton Instruments, USA
Craig Milne
Stream Technologies, Canada
Sofia Moreno
Zaber Technologies, Canada
Jason McClure is the Chief Scientist at Princeton Instruments, a producer of high performance CCD, ICCD, and EMCCD cameras; imaging spectrographs; and optics-based solutions for the scientific research, industrial imaging, and OEM communities. Jason joined Princeton Instruments in 2008 where he acts as a thought leader and innovator with a focus on developing new and disruptive technologies while leading engineering teams to bring new ideas to fruition. He is author of several domestic and foreign patents in optics and photonics. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with an emphasis on high pressure condensed matter physics.
Craig Milne is President and co-founder of Stream Technologies Inc. Stream produces a unique class of spectral imaging devices, confining all of the optics into a lens-like attachment to convert almost any monochrome camera to multispectral. At Stream, he oversees all product and business development activities. Craig is an entrepreneur at heart and has been involved in three new venture companies. As a member of SPIE, he holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Finance from the University of Alberta. Craig also serves as a mentor and business advisor through the University of Alberta as well as to the banking industry.
Sofia Moreno is an Applications Engineer at Zaber Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high-precision motion control devices. She has mainly focused on applications within the optics and photonics industry, and internally, she is a customer advocate, acting as a liaison between customers and designers. She has volunteered for several years with GEERing Up!, a non-profit organization that promotes science, engineering and technology to youth. She has also volunteered with Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), which helps to promote equal opportunity for women interested in careers in the technology industry. Sofia holds a BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia.
Linda Smith
Ceres Technologies, USA
Linda Smith is President of Ceres Technology Advisors, an investment banking firm focusing on photonics technology enabled businesses. She has more than 20 years’ experience identifying market opportunities, developing, managing, and financing growth for public and private companies (optical components, lasers, analytical instrumentation, medical devices, end-users in pharmaceuticals and semiconductors). She held executive product marketing positions at venture capital funded companies commercializing integrated optics and MEMS technologies. Linda holds BS in Optics and Mathematics from Univ. of Rochester, MBA from Babson College, plus an Accredited Sr. Appraiser in Business Valuation and Series 79 Registered Investment Banker.
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