ZiNIR Ltd has announced that Stephen Sweeney is the new chief technology officer. Located in Eastbourne, UK, ZiNIR specializes in photonics and spectroscopy technology. In his new role, Sweeney will be advising the board and managing the research and development program, which includes the design of high performing optical devices and systems. Ian Goodyer will now work alongside Sweeney to take ZiNIR’s R&D designs through product development to commercialization. Previously, Sweeney was lead scientist and group manager for the laser and amplifier technology at Marconi Optical Components. Currently, in addition to his role with ZiNIR, he is a senior lecturer in physics at the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey, and has recently been a guest professor at Arizona State University in the US and the University of Marburg in Germany.