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Aug 2020

A rising tide lifts all boats

After nearly two decades, I recently returned to the Photonics Spectra editorial team, where I am stepping into Susan Petrie’s former role as senior editor. Sue’s solicitation and management of feature articles would be a tough enough act to follow, but during my last go around here, the standard for editorial, branding, and industry stewardship were all set by founder Teddi Laurin herself.

It sounds trite — especially in this context — to say I’m excited to be back on the Photonics Media team, though I certainly am. But more importantly, I’m more than a little stoked to have resumed an active role in this industry. I missed photonics. No other industry has quantum physicists and laser lab jockeys at one end and manufacturing engineers at the other. No other industry presents the challenge of finding common ground between lasers and machine vision and the endlessly complex range of optical technologies they both rely on. As Teddi intuited, few industries rely as strongly on serendipitous conversations, connections, and collaborations to spark breakout advancements more than the photonics industry does.

Fostering these encounters and interactions has been the continuing editorial mission of Photonics Spectra. The technologies involved require some demanding specialties, and the resulting silo effect can limit the spread of innovative ideas and solutions about the practical applications of light.

We’ll do our best to curate the best and brightest research and applications. But we can’t do it alone. It’s challenging enough for us to formulate the right questions most of the time, much less find all the right answers.

As Photonics Spectra’s new senior editor, I encourage you all to reach out to us. Let us know what your questions are, what problems you solved this week, what photonic tools you’re using and why. Tell us what challenges remain before you can take your research or application to the next step.

Someone out there may have a solution for you, or they may discover you solved a challenge for them. The more conversations we can inspire in this industry, the more the industry wins. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Mike Wheeler
As editor-in-chief, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonics Media's editorial operations — spanning print, web, and podcasts. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advancements in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Dan McCarthy
Senior editor Dan McCarthy manages editorial content and production for Photonics Spectra. An award-winning writer and editor, he has communicated the progress and practical value of advanced technologies for over two decades.
Doug Farmer
Senior Editor Douglas Farmer has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, winning awards for health and education reporting. He has a master's degree in journalism from Ball State University. He is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics magazines.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics, and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
Hank Hogan
Contributing Editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing Editor Marie Freebody is a freelance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Farooq Ahmed
Farooq Ahmed has covered the physical and biological sciences for over a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Columbia University.
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