David AndrewsSchool of Chemistry, University of East Anglia, UK
Joel BagwellEdmund Optics, USA
Mark BendettLockheed Martin Aculight, USA
David Andrews leads research on molecular photonics, energy harvesting and transport, optomechanical forces, quantum and nonlinear optics at the University of East Anglia. He has over 250 research papers and a dozen books to his name. The current focus of his research group is on novel optically nonlinear fluorescence processes, optical nanomanipulation and switching, and light-harvesting in nanostructured systems. Andrews is a Fellow of SPIE, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Physics. Joel Bagwell is the Director of Engineering at Edmund Optics, producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology for the global market. Joel oversees the engineering in the areas of design, product development, R&D, and intellectual property development. Previously Joel was the R&D Manager where he oversaw the expansion of the internally developed optical metrology systems, as well as, worked on a large variety of custom optical manufacturing projects for key customers. A member of SPIE, he holds a M.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering from Drexel Univ., and a B.Sc. in Optical Engineering from Univ. of Arizona. Mark Bendett has been at Lockheed Martin Aculight since May of 2005 and is currently serving in a business development role. In his previous role, he was responsible for transitioning advanced laser technology to product in medical and defense applications. During his 30 years in the photonics industry, he has been responsible for the development of numerous photonic products in manufacturing and medical applications, founded a telecommunications component company, and generated over 30 publications and 20 patents. He currently serves on several university advisory boards and on the Finance Committee for SPIE.
Michael BoveMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Brian CulshawUniversity of Strathclyde, UK
Marta de la FuenteIndra Sistemas SA, Spain
V. Michael Bove, Jr. holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in Visual Studies, and a Ph.D. in Media Technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently head of the Object-Based Media Group. He holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hardcopy, interactive television, and medical imaging, and has been a member of several professional and government committees. He is co-author of the book Holographic Imaging, founder and technical advisor to WatchPoint Media, Inc., and is technical advisor to One Laptop Per Child. He served as associate editor of Optical Engineering and is on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Brian Culshaw has just completed a five-year term as Head of Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde University, which he joined in 1983 after working at Cornell University, Bell Northern Research, University College London and Stanford. He has published five textbooks on fibre sensors and one on smart structures. He co-founded OptoSci Ltd, a leading producer of optoelectronic systems, components and instrumentation in 1994. He is a former director of SPIE and was the founding editor of the International Journal of Optoelectronics. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Applied Optics. Marta C. de la Fuente is the Group Manager of the Optical Design Group at Indra Sistemas. She has worked with many small and medium companies to help them innovate their processes and products and become more viable in the optical community. Following this goal she has supported the founding of the cluster SECPhO, being currently a member of its Executive Committee. Marta is also a member of the European Technology Platform Photonics21 and its Spanish mirror Fotonica21.
Donal DenvirAndor Technology, UK
John DexheimerPrivate Equity Investing, USA
Jason M. EichenholzOpen Photonics, USA
Dr Donal Denvir is one of the founders of Andor Technology and has been the technical director since 1990. Earning his degrees with an MSc in Opto-electronics and a Ph.D. in Physics from Queens Univ., he began lecturing on Informatics/Computer Science at the Univ. of Ulster, UK. Donal has a wide knowledge of optical based measurement techniques, plus software and electronic design of scientific digital cameras. He has achieved worldwide recognition and acknowledgement for his technical developments. Donal is chiefly responsible for new product developments and to help set the future technical direction of Andor Technology. 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 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 and companies looking for new ideas. Prior to starting OPI, he served as the Divisional Technology Director at Halma PLC responsible for supporting open innovation and technology and strategy development for the Photonics Division as well as other divisions and 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.
Joseph GortychOPTICUS IP LAW PLLC, USA
David HardwickConsultant, USA
Randy HeylerOndax, Inc., USA
Joseph E. Gortych is President of Opticus IP Law PLLC, a intellectual property (IP) law firm based in Sarasota, Florida and specializing in optics, photonics and semiconductor technologies. He received his B.S. in physics from Rutgers University, his M.S. in optics from the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics, and his J.D. from Vermont Law School. Mr. Gortych is a registered Patent Attorney and is an active member of SPIE as the OSA. Mr. Gortych writes, lectures and provides legal counsel on IP matters relating to high-tech business in the U.S. and abroad. After earning his physics degree from St. Johns Univ. (Minnesota), David started research on early laser technology at Honeywell Research Center. In the past 50 years his career spanned from Development Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, Marketing Product Manager and leader/CEO of several startup laser and fiber optics companies. His resume includes: Spectra Physics, Coherent, Lasertron, and CEO of Melles Griot. He also assisted in founding: Auxora Photonics, Confluent Photonics, IPG Photonics and Altitun. He is semi-retired photonics industry consultant to IMRA America and TEEM Photonics, active OSA member, living in New England. 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. HimelJenoptik Optical Systems, USA
Ray O. JohnsonLockheed Martin Corporation, USA
Wilhelm G. KaendersTOPTICA Photonics, Germany
Marc D. Himel 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. He has worked in the design and development of advanced lithography systems at AT&T Bell Labs (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography), at SVG Lithography Systems working on excimer laser based illumination systems, and a Product Manager at Tessera North America (application of diffractive micro-optics for advanced lithography and inspection). Dr. Himel has more than 46 published papers and one patent. He joined Jenoptik Optical Systems in 2011. Dr. Ray O. Johnson, a global executive focused on business, innovation, and diversity, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corp. Dr. Johnson guides the technology vision and leadership in the areas of technology and engineering, encompassing over 4,000 programs providing some of the nation’s most vital security systems. Dr. Johnson holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He serves on many university and corporate board of directors such as Sandia Corp, National Math and Science Initiative, Hispanic College Fund, plus on a number state technical advisory boards. He is a fellow of SPIE and chairs the US Council on Competitiveness Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative. Wilhelm Kaenders is founder and President/CEO of TOPTICA Photonics AG, a high-tech optical company that focuses on high-precision lasers and laser systems as test and measurement tools in industry and academia. He worked on tunable diode laser technology in collaboration with the LM University/Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics groups of Theodor Hänsch. Since 2003, the commercial activities have been extended to fiber-based femtosecond lasers for spectroscopy, metrology, inspection and microscopy. Kaenders received his diploma in Physics on research in atom physics using synchrotron and VUV pulsed laser radiation at Bonn University and the International Diploma of Imperial College, London, before finalizing the doctorate at the University of Hannover.
Kenneth KaufmannHamamatsu, USA
Michael LebbyTranslucent Inc., USA
Robert LeeIntellectual Ventures, Singapore
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. Michael Lebby's career has spanned all aspects of the optoelectronics business ranging from R&D, operations, manufacturing, and finance, to sales, marketing, and investing. He has 2 doctorates and a MBA from the Univ of Bradford, UK. Positions include RSRE for the British Government, AT&T Bell Labs, Motorola, Tyco Electronics, Intel, Ignis Optics (now Oclaro), OIDA, and since 2010 with Translucent, where he heads up the R&D commercialization of rare earth oxides for epitaxial based materials that have been developed over the past decade. Lebby led the drive for green photonics which has become a significant focus for the photonics industry. With over 180 USPTO utility patents issued, he was cited to be in the most prolific 75 inventors in the country. Robert Lee is currently with the telecom and optics portfolio group at Intellectual Ventures, and has over 15 years of industry experience in optical communication systems, novel optical chips and optoelectronic components. Prior to joining IV, at HOYA Xponent, he was responsible for silicon PLC design and fabrication, and hybrid integration and automation for new fiber optic coupling and packaging technologies. Prior to his start-up experience, Robert worked at Lucent Technologies and 3M in long-haul DWDM optical transport systems and fiber Bragg gratings. His research at universities in US and Sweden focused on selective OMVPE and wavelength conversion in SOAs and fibers. Robert received his BS and PhD from California Institute of Technology in Applied Physics.
Robert LiebermanIntelligent Optical Systems Inc, USA
Paul McManamonConsultant and University of Dayton, USA
Marc NantelResearch & Innovation at Niagara College, Canada
Robert Lieberman received his PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on solid-state physics and biophysics. After working at AT&T Bell Laboratories for 10 years, Dr. Lieberman joined Physical Optics Corporation (POC), where he became VP and GM of Research and Development. In 1998, he founded Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS), and since then he has been a co-founder or senior executive of 5 other companies. He served as the Principal Investigator on optical sensor projects with NIH, NSF, NASA, and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. Dr. Lieberman holds 33 U.S. patents, is the author of numerous scientific articles, and has chaired numerous symposia on biological, physical, and chemical sensors. Dr. McManamon was chief scientist for the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio until 2008. His expertise includes sensing, processing, and directed energy technologies. He is co-chair of the NAS ‘Harnessing Light 2” study, member of the Air Force Studies Board study on ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), also a SPIE Fellow and an IEEE WRG Baker award recipient. Dr McManamon was instrumental in the development of laser flash imaging and his DARPA efforts include STAB, APPLE, Medusa, and SALTI. Currently an independent consultant and half time Technical Director of the Ladar and Optical Communications Institute, LOCI, at the Univ. of Dayton. Marc Nantel is the Associate VP of Research & Innovation at Niagara College. Previously, Marc was the Director of Research, Commercialization and Talent Programs at the OCE, in the areas of nanotechnology and advanced health technologies. After obtaining his PhD in x-ray laser spectroscopy (Université du Québec), Dr. Nantel spent 4 postdoc years in France and at the University of Michigan, pursuing ever shorter laser-produced visible and x-ray pulses and their applications. Marc was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto from 1998 to 2008. Since 2000, he has worked with Ontario colleges and universities to establish new programs in photonics.
Jim PearsonUniversity of Central Florida, USA
John PelligrinoU.S. Army Research Lab., USA
Ryszard S. RomaniukWarsaw Univ of Technology, Poland
James Pearson received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. His career began at the Los Alamos Lab., followed by 17 years with United Technology Corp., before going on to act as the executive director of SPIE and then the ISA. In 2004 James became the director of Research and Administration at the Univ. of Central Florida, CREOL, where he is currently a consultant. He also holds the position of executive director of the Florida Photonics cluster. James has served on multiple academic advisory committees and on the board of directors for the American Association of Engineering Societies. James holds 3 patents and has published several books and over 2 dozen papers. John Pellegrino was recently selected as the permanent director of the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Lab. John began his professional career as a physicist in September 1981 at the Harry Diamond Labs. He also served as the chief, Electro-Optics and Acoustics Division and associate director for sensors research. Additional appointments include chief, ARL Signal and Information Processing Division, and chief, Optical Processing Branch, Harry Diamond Labs. He has received several achievement awards, and has authored and co-authored more than two dozen technical papers and reports, and is co-editor of the book Acousto-Optic Signal Processing. Ryszard S.Romaniuk is a Professor of Electronics Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in Poland. He is research director of the Institute of Electronic Systems at WUT; a fellow of SPIE; an Eisenhower fellow; a member of board in Photonics Society of Poland; a member of IEEE, OSA and EOS; and a member of the editorial boards of professional journals, including Photonics Spectra. He also is scientific secretary of the Committee of Electronics and Telecommunications, Polish Academy of Sciences. He has authored several manuals on optoelectronics, 300 papers on optical fiber technology and photonic/electronic systems for high-energy physics experiments. He is a member of the development team for the European X-FEL.
Laura SmoliarPeppertree Engineering, Inc, USA
Ferechteh Hosseini TeheraniNanovation, France
Alastair WilsonPhotonics of ESP KTN, UK
Laura Smoliar is CEO of Peppertree Engineering, Inc., which specializes in technology development and product engineering in the field of optical solutions, including laser and LED-based equipment. She has commercialized products in data storage, semiconductor/MEMS, display, and solid-state lasers. After earning a Ph.D. from Univ. of California at Berkeley and an A.B., Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia Univ., she worked in Taiwan. She has developed technology with international partners, including Sony, NTT, and Hitachi. An adviser to venture capital & private equity firms, Laura writes a weekly column for Inc.com magazine. Dr Ferechteh Hosseini Teherani has been involved with the development of novel oxide thin film materials and devices for over 20 years. After receiving her PhD from the University of Paris (France), Dr Teherani was a researcher at Thales Research Labs (France), Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (Japan), Northwestern Univ. (USA) and the Electrotechnical Lab. (Japan) before becoming technical director of a superconductor start-up based in Paris in the late 1990s. Currently CEO of Nanovation, which she is founded in 2001. An expert for the European Commission, she has also been an Esbach Scholar supervising PhD/masters students at Northwestern Univ. Alastair Wilson has been involved in photonics for over 35 years. He received his B.Sc and M.Sc from Queen’s Univ., Belfast, after which he worked for Barr and Stroud Ltd, later Thales Optronics, as a laser physicist. Since 2010 he has been the Director of Photonics of ESP KTN, which actively promotes the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in UK photonics. He helped lead a £31M 5-year cluster strategy for Scottish photonics. Head of Optoelectronics for the Scottish Enterprise, and a founder of Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd., he was key player in setting up the Institute of Photonics at the Univ. of Strathclyde.