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High-Growth Markets Focus of Photonics West Panel

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Nov. 7, 2012 — Reducing energy consumption in homes, businesses and data centers and providing efficient renewable energy sources to high-growth markets for sustainable photonics technologies will be discussed by a panel of five industry leaders at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in February.

The Emerging Growth Opportunities in Sustainable Technology panel will examine the latest trends and provide insights on high-growth markets that are attracting capital investment, driving product development and creating new high-value jobs and revenue.

“The panel examines technologies, applications and markets that are good for the planet as well as robust and resilient,” said panel moderator Steve Eglash, executive director of the Energy and Environment Affiliates program at Stanford University in California. “This year’s panelists include entrepreneurs providing solar-powered LED lighting to the developing world, sophisticated spectroscopy for environmental monitoring and solid-state lighting, plus a venture capitalist and a leading university researcher with particular interest in optics and photonics.”

The experts will address topics including laser-assisted manufacturing and micro- and nanofabrication, solid-state lighting and displays, and renewable energy generation and photovoltaics.

The panel includes:
  • Thomas Baer, executive director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center and a pioneer in areas of biotechnology and laser development with applications including AIDS monitoring, blood supply quality and bone marrow transplant therapy. He holds more than 50 patents.

  • Jyoti Bhardwaj, vice president of Technology Research and Development at solid-state-lighting solutions company Philips Lumileds Lighting in San Jose, Calif.

  • Eric Crosson, chief technology officer of gas analyzer manufacturer Picarro Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif. He developed a number of key cavity ringdown spectroscopy techniques while at Stanford. He has served as a project manager at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory at Duke University in Durham, N,C., where he helped lead the design and construction of an atomic beam polarized ion source.

  • Patricia Glaza, a principal at the Winter Park, Fla.-based Arsenal Venture Partners, who has more than 20 years of experience implementing and commercializing advanced technologies. She is the founder of Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization, which works with government agencies to identify and promote energy, water and sustainable technology solutions.

  • Lesley Silverthorn Marincola, CEO and co-founder of Angaza Design, a company whose mission is to combine human-centered design with innovative technology to reshape the global energy market. A product designer and mechanical engineer from Stanford, she worked on the first three generations of the Amazon Kindle.
The event is part of Photonics West’s Green Photonics virtual symposium, which includes more than 65 papers on various green photonics topics.

For more information, visit: www.spie.org


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