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Photonics Spectra Optics Conference 2021: April 27-28

Tue, Apr 27, 2021 8:00A EDT
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ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

Photonics Media invites you to attend a free virtual conference spanning two days. The Photonics Spectra Optics Conference will feature educational presentations on optics manufacturing, covering design and fabrication to coatings and metrology and other key elements of the optics value chain. The event will feature a keynote by Ulrike Fuchs of asphericon and a market analysis for 2021 and 2022 from Tom Hausken as the world emerges from the impacts of COVID-19.

Registration is FREE. Check out the full program and sign up today!

2021 PSO Presenters:


Ulrike Fuchs, Ph.D. [Keynote] studied physics at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena from 1999 to 2004, majoring in optics. Subsequently, she pursued her Ph.D. at Fraunhofer IOF and received her doctorate in 2009. Postdoctoral, she worked as research associate at the IOF Micro-Optical Department and as assistant lecturer at the Abbe School of Photonics. In 2010 she joined asphericon and became Head of the Applications Department in 2012. Her current position oversees all R&D activities as well as strategic product development. She was elected a Fellow of OSA in 2020, and previously received the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award in 2018. She is also a Senior Member of OSA.

Tom Hausken, Ph.D. [Market Analysis] has over 35 years in optoelectronics and focuses on industry activities at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, now a trade association within OSA), where he held a position earlier in his career. For 13 years until 2012, Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.

James Field is vice president of NanoVox, responsible for the commercialization of NanoVox’s technology platform. His work includes identifying and optimizing the NanoVox product portfolio for partners in applications for wafer scale optics, AR/VR optics, lightfield display, mobile phone imaging optics, and supporting new emerging applications enabled by gradient refractive index optics.  

Katie Schwertz is a Senior Design Engineer in Edmund Optics' Tucson, Arizona, USA office. She is responsible for executing optical and optomechanical designs, tolerancing, analyses, and prototype evaluations for both internal development and external customers. Katie received her M.S. in Optical Sciences from University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, and a B.S. in Optics from University of Rochester, Institute of Optics.

Jonathan Arenberg, Ph.D., is currently chief engineer for Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. He has extensive experience in all phases of program and mission development, from early technology development, mission concepts, and detailed design to test and verification, and integration and test. His last major program assignment was as chief engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope.

Christian Wenzel, Ph.D., founder of Innolite, studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University with a focus on production engineering. He pursued doctoral studies at the Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen, Germany. After obtaining his Ph.D., he continued working at the Fraunhofer IPT as Chief Engineer of the Department for Precision-& Ultra-Precision Machine Tool Development directed by Professor Christian Brecher.

Robert Smythe is president of Äpre Instruments and has more than 30 years experience designing, developing, and applying interferometry to optical manufacturing process control first at Corning [Tropel], then Zygo Corporation and now Äpre Instruments. He has a Bachelor's degree in physics.

Dan Fiore is vice president of North American Coating Laboratories (NACL). He manages the sales, marketing, and the overall customer experience for all of NACL’s industrial optical and infrared coating customers. In his 14 years in the optics field, he has presented and written ten technical white papers and case studies.

Samuel M. Stavis, Ph.D., leads the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST)'s Nanostructure Fabrication and Measurement Group. He received a B.S.E. in Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, where he was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Tom Baur is the founder of Meadowlark Optics, Inc., a company founded in 1979 that designs, manufactures, and sells precision optics for polarization control. He is also the founder of Team Baur, a company that is developing a 75-acre business park in Frederick, Colorado. Prior to founding these companies, he was a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

Oliver Pust, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree within the field of laser optical measurement techniques. He has long-term experience in working together with international partners and sales of high-tech equipment to research and industry customers. Pust recently joined HOYA Optics Europe as director of sales and marketing. For the 10 years prior, he worked at Delta Optical Thin Film A/S, where he was responsible for global sales and marketing activities.

J. David Musgraves, Ph.D., is director of research and development at Rochester Precision Optics LLC. He leads a team researching novel glass and plastic optics and the molding and coating of optical elements. Prior to this position, he served as president and CEO of IRradiance Glass Inc., where he oversaw production and manufacturing operations and the company's R&D efforts, funded through DARPA and AFRL (the Airforce Research Laboratory).

Tian Gu, Ph.D., is a research scientist in the Materials Research Laboratory and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, where he is the co-investigator of the Photonic Materials Research Group. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Delaware. Gu is a recipient of the SPIE Rising Researcher Award.

Helen Waechter, Ph.D., is leading the optics development team at Helbling, and she is responsible for providing innovation and engineering services for customer projects involving optics and photonics. She has more than 17 years of experience in developing optical systems and devices for various areas including medical technology, industry, and research. Before joining Helbling, she was a postdoc at Queens University and a senior scientist at Tiger Optics.

Trey Turner is a vice president of engineering for Excelitas Technologies Corp., responsible for research and development activities at Excelitas' site in Boulder, Colorado (formerly REO). He was previously the chief technology officer at REO, where he worked since 1994 in various roles including R&D, production management, business development, and strategy. Over that time, he developed a deep expertise in the field of laser optics.

Dane Clark has spent the majority of his professional career, spanning 35 years, in the field optical coatings. His industry positions have included operations management, coating process development, business development, ownership and executive management and more. Dane has presented at numerous precision optics events globally and enjoys the opportunity to discuss coating system requirements with prospective customers.

Yves LeMaitre is president of RIO Lasers, now part of LUNA Innovations. Prior to joining RIO, LeMaitre was Lumentum's chief strategy officer, following the acquisition of Oclaro. During his tenure at Oclaro, from 2008 to 2018, he served in various executive positions, such as president of the optical connectivity business unit and as chief commercial officer. LeMaitre received a master's degree in mathematics and computer science from Nantes University.

Martin Reeves is sales and marketing director at RIO Lasers. He has led the RIO Sales team for ~10 years, building on his extensive scientific/R&D sales experience from his times at Spectra-Physics, New Focus, and Quantronix. Reeves received a master's degree in advanced laser manufacturing from Liverpool University, where he also received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

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