Andrew Brown to Head Global Development at SPIE
Andrew J. W. Brown, PhD, has joined international optics and photonics society SPIE in Bellingham, Wash., as senior director for global business development, succeeding Janice Gaines Walker, who is retiring in July after 24 years. Brown comes to SPIE from laser developer Aculight Corp., where he served as principal scientist, marketing manager, and most recently, director of business development. Previously, Brown held leadership positions at Falcon Medical, a medical instrumentation startup company, and STI Optronics (formerly Spectra Technology Inc.) a laser research and development company. He earned his PhD in physics from St. Andrews University, MSc (with distinction) in optoelectronics and laser devices from Herriot-Watt University, and BSc (1st class) in physics from St. Andrews University. Brown is a member of SPIE, the Optical Society of America and the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and has published technical papers. He has served as cochair and on the program committee for the SPIE Photonics West Fiber Lasers conference, the program committee for the SPIE DSS committee for Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security, and SPIE’s Scholarship Committee. Brown is also a member of DEPS (Directed Energy Professional Society) and has chaired the DEPS Solid State and Diode Laser Technology Review (SSDLTR) meeting and served as the small business representative on its organizing committee. He has also been a member of the LIA technical committee for Pacific International Conference of Applications of Lasers and Optics (PICALO).