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Matt Eichenfield Named SPIE Endowed Chair: People in the News: 07/06/22

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2022 — Matt Eichenfield, a specialist in quantum photonics and distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, has joined the University of Arizona’s Wyant College of Optical Sciences as the inaugural SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. The $2 million endowed position was established with a $500,000 gift from SPIE that was matched by a factor of three with funds donated by Wyant College founding dean James C. Wyant and his family. The University of Arizona endowed chair was also the inaugural gift of the SPIE Endowment Matching Program.
Matt Eichenfield was named as the inaugural SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona’s Wyant College of Optical Sciences. Courtesy of SPIE.
Matt Eichenfield was named the inaugural SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona’s Wyant College of Optical Sciences. Courtesy of SPIE. 
NACKA STRAND, Sweden — Paolo Guglielmini will succeed Ola Rollén as president and CEO of sensors and automation technology company Hexagon AB, effective Dec. 31. Gun Nilsson has decided to step down as CEO for Hexagon’s principal shareholder MSAB on Oct. 1 and will leave her position as chair of Hexagon AB at the annual general meeting 2023. MSAB, in consultation with Hexagon’s nomination committee, intends to propose Rollén as the new chair. Joshua Weiss, currently COO of Hexagon Geosystems, succeed Guglielmini as president for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, effective July 1. Michael Ritter, currently president of Hexagon Autonomy and Positioning, assumed a senior role overseeing Hexagon’s Autonomy and Positioning, Mining and Agriculture divisions. Maria Luthström, currently head of sustainability and investor relations for Hexagon, will succeed Ritter as president of Hexagon Autonomy and Positioning, effective Oct.1.

DUNDEE, Scotland — Umicore Coating Services, a manufacturer and supplier of infrared precision optical filters and coatings, named Mark Naples managing director. Naples, who previously served as commercial manager, has almost two decades of experience working across the optics, sensing, and imaging industries. Umicore Coatings is a subsidiary of Belgian-owned materials and technology company Umicore. The company designs, develops, and manufactures thin-film optical coating solutions from 2- to 14-μm wavelengths across a variety of substrates.

LEINFELDEN-ECHTERDINGEN, Germany — Marek Domanski has served as operations director at Buehler ITW Test & Measurement since the beginning of 2022. In this role, Domanski coordinates and manages the production and sourcing of suppliers of all the company’s systems for materialography and hardness testing. Domanski previously worked at Loma, a manufacturer of inspection equipment for the food, packaging, and pharmaceutical industries, which is also part of Buehler group. At Loma, he managed production, purchasing, and quality assurance.

GLASGOW, Scotland — Vector Photonics named Ian Caldwell consultant program manager, overseeing the company’s product introduction program. Caldwell has worked as a STEM instructor at the Dumfries House Education Engineering Centre, part of The Princes Foundation. 
Ian Caldwell. Courtesy of Vector Photonics.
Ian Caldwell. Courtesy of Vector Photonics. 
SAARBRÜCKEN, Germany — Bernd Valeske has been appointed executive director of Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (Fraunhofer IZFP) and was awarded the professorship for cognitive sensor systems at Saarland University. The appointments are intended to strengthen collaboration between both institutions and to advance joint projects in engineering sciences. The professorship is part of the university’s systems engineering department.

HAMBURG, Germany — Lidar technology company Ibeo appointed Mickael Leon director of industrialization and manufacturing strategy. As a plant manager at ZF Autocruise in Brest, France, Leon was most recently responsible for a specialist plant in microelectronics of more than 160 employees.

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Integrated optics company EFFECT Photonics appointed Roberto Marcoccia as interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Marcoccia currently serves as the company’s chief development and strategy officer, a role that he will retain. The appointment follows James Regan’s decision to step down as CEO. Marcoccia has held leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Stratalight Communications, Calient Networks, and other companies. He has previously served in an interim CEO role at Stratalight Communications. EFFECT Photonics opened its Americas headquarters last month outside Boston.

Published: July 2022
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