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Mel Engle Named Raydiance CEO

Photonics.com
May 2008
Mel Engle has been named CEO of ultrashort-pulse (USP) laser maker Raydiance Inc., of Petaluma, Calif., He succeeds company founder Barry Schuler, who is now executive chairman of the board, the company announced today. The changes were effective May 5. Engle was formerly president and CEO of the Merck KGaA subsidiary Dey LP, a Napa-based specialty pharmaceutical company developing products for respiratory, allergy and other breathing disorders. While CEO of Dey LP, Engle was regional director, North America, for Merck Generics Group and was a member of the Merck Generics Executive Management Committee (EMC). Previously, he was a senior executive with Allergan Inc. In 2007, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Napa Chamber of Commerce and the State of California. (See also: Raydiance: Welcome to the 'Light Age')


GLOSSARY
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
ultrashort-pulse laser
A laser capable of generating light pulses that last only a few femtoseconds. This can be achieved by nonlinear filtering to increase bandwidth and compress the pulse or by passive mode-locking or synchronous pumping in conjunction with pulse-shaping techniques.
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