Mobius Photonics of Santa Clara, Calif., a producer of short pulsed fiber laser sources, has named company co-founder Robert L. Byer chairman of its board of directors. Byer is the 2009 winner of the Frederic Ives Medal, the highest award given by the Optical Society of America (See also Medal Winner Talks Lasers). He has been elected vice president of the American Physical Society for 2010 and is a past president of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE LEOS). He is a professor of physics at Stanford University, where he has served as vice provost and dean of research as well as chairman of the applied physics department. He has served as director of the Edward L. Ginzton and Hansen Experimental Physics laboratories and is a founding member of the California Council on Science and Technology. Mobius Photonics also recently named Robert Mortensen as its CEO. The company’s fiber-based infrared, green and ultraviolet laser sources are used in applications ranging from materials processing for solar cell manufacturing to semiconductor fabrication and assembly, flat panel display manufacturing and STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscopy.