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Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)
MIRTHE Industrial Advisory Board Members:
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Mary Fong
AdTech Optics
Barry McManus
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
Carl Myerholtz
Agilent Technologies
Antoine Muller
Alpes Lasers
Tracey Jacksier
American Air Liquide
Tanya Myers
Dan Cavicchio
Block Engineering
Chung-en Zah
Tim Day
Daylight Solutions
Paul Larson
Daylight Solutions
James Piao
ELI (Epitaxial Laboratory, Inc.)
Eben Thoma
Ken Kaufmann
Suhit Das
Dayle McDermitt
LI-COR Biosciences
Mark G. Allen
Maxion Technologies, Inc.
David Gough
NetScientific America, Inc.
Kimberly Schumacher
NetScientific America, Inc.
Nathan Newbury
Randy Harmon
NJ Small Business Development Center
Eric Crosson
Igor Trofimov
Michael Wanke
Sandia National Laboratory
Damien Weidmann
Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Michael Wojcik
Space Dynamics Laboratory
Scott Zederbaum
Erika Coyne
Tiger Optics, LLC
Georg Treusch
Darren Emge
U.S. Army Chem. Bio Laboratory
Jerry Meyer
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Mary Fong, AdTech Optics
Ms. Fong has more than thirty years of experience in establishing and running new businesses. Her expertise covers investment, business development, finance, and operations. In 1971 she co-founded the New Times Group, a Taiwan based group with offices in over ten countries, and in 1990 she founded Thai Wonderful Wire and Cable. She was founder, chairperson and CEO of Silicon Valley Communications Inc. (SVCI), which was successfully acquired by NASDAQ-listed C-Cor.net in 1999. SVCI designs and manufactures fiber optical systems for the CATV industry. She was the key negotiator in the acquisition process. She is currently also CEO of D-Tech Optoelectronics, Inc. a manufacturer of photodiode and laser diode chips and packages for the communications sector, which she founded in 2008.

Barry McManus, Aerodyne Research, Inc.
Dr. McManus is currently a Principal Research Scientist at Aerodyne Research, Inc. His research interests are in applications of lasers to trace gas detection, optical design, and atmospheric measurements. Since joining Aerodyne, Dr. McManus has worked on numerous projects involving laser and electro-optic systems, including: advanced multipass absorption cells, intracavity laser absorption, various trace gas instruments, and optical computing architectures. Dr. McManus has designed the optical segments of several generations of quantum cascade laser and tunable diode laser trace gas sensing instruments. Dr. McManus managed and participated in the field experiments and instrumentation development in a multi-institution collaboration to measure sources and distributions of pollutants in urban areas. Dr. McManus also has conducted field measurements and managed field campaigns that have employed an ARI methane monitor to gather statistics on emissions from man made and natural sites. Dr. McManus holds Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982, and B.S. in Physics, from Georgia Tech, 1976. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Tracey Jacksier, American Air Liquide
Tracey Jacksier is an International Senior Expert and the R&D Analysis and Specialty Gas Program Director at Air Liquide. She is based at the Research & Technology Center in Newark, Delaware. She is responsible for defining the world wide development of key technologies in Specialty Gases as well as the recommendation of new Analytical Technologies within the Air Liquide Group. Tracey has been with Air Liquide for 20 years. She has a BS from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and technical presentations and holds patents in the areas of gas purification and standard manufacturing.

Tanya Myers, Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Research Interests:
- Remote and point chemical sensing
- LIDAR - Infrared lasers/Quantum Cascade lasers
- Trace gas detection
- FM Spectroscopy
- Photoacoustic Spectroscopy
- Injection locking/seeding

- Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chicago
- B.S., Chemistry with honors and distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

- American Physical Society
- Optical Society of America
- American Chemical Society
- Phi Beta Kappa

- National Research Council Research Associate Fellowship (1999-1997)
- Environmental Protection Agency Fellowship (1997-1994) - Department of Education GAANN Fellowship (1992-1994)

Dan Cavicchio, Block Engineering
Dr. Cavicchio holds a B.S. Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was an Engagement Manager at the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company and Director of Business Development at American Can Company. Dr. Cavicchio co-founded Greenwich Venture Partners, Inc., and subsequently acquired Commonwealth Sprague Capacitor, Inc., a power capacitor company, and Block Engineering. At Block he directs strategy, programs and customer interfaces.

Chung-en Zah, Corning
Chung-en Zah received the M. S. and the Ph. D. degrees from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1982 and 1986, respectively. He joined Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), Red Bank, NJ, as a member of the Technical Staff in 1985 and was promoted to Senior Scientist in January 1995 and to Director of Optoelectronic Integration Research in April 1995. He joined the Science and Technology Division of Corning Incorporated on August 1, 1997, when Corning acquired his group from Bellcore, and is currently Research Director of Semiconductor Technologies Research. His department has participated in commercializing state of the art high power 980 and 14xx nm pumps. The recent research and development includes high power 1060-nm DBR lasers for green light generation by frequency doubling, visible GaN lasers, mid-IR quantum cascade lasers and 1.3/1.55 micron vertical cavity surface emitting lasers. He has authored or co-authored more than one hundred and fifteen (seven invited) journal papers and one hundred and seventy (thirty-one invited) conference papers, and holds twenty-eight U. S. Patents in the areas of optoelectronic devices and optical fiber communications.

Dr. Zah received the Bellcore Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Award in 1992 for his innovative contributions to the applications of lightwave technology to advanced fiber networks, an R&D 100 award in 1994 and LEOS Engineering Achievement Award in 2005 for his uncooled AlGaInAs lasers designed for fiber-in-the-loop applications, and another R&D 100 award in 1996 for WDM network access modules incorporating his multiwavelength DFB laser arrays. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Optical Society of America. He has served on numerous technical committees for APOC, CLEO, ECOC, IEDM, IPR, ISLC, LEOS, and OFC, as a conference chair of LEOS'2003 and APOC'2007, and as an Associate Editor of Photonics Technology Letters from 1993 to 2008 and and Journal of Lightwave Technology since 2009.

Tim Day, Daylight Solutions
Dr. Timothy Day is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions and serves as the CEO and CTO for the company. Dr. Day has over 20 years' experience in both technical and business management in the photonics industry. He has led engineering, research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing operations. He started his career as a cofounder of New Focus, where he served from 1990 through 2004. During his time at New Focus, he was involved in all aspects of the company's history, concluding with his work on the sale of the company to Bookham Technology PLC for $338M. While at New Focus he also contributed to the raising of over $500M though public and private equity offerings. From 1990 to 2009, while at New Focus and Daylight Solutions, Dr. Day has developed extensive patent and product portfolios and transferred numerous products into production, both onshore and overseas. Dr. Day has extensive technical knowledge and experience, and is considered an expert in the field of photonics.

Dr. Day holds both a BS and an MS in Physics from San Diego State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Paul Larson, Daylight Solutions
Paul Larson is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions and serves as the company's President and COO. He is a seasoned executive with over 25 years' experience managing business operations and developing leading-edge technologies. Mr. Larson has held senior management positions with successful start-ups such as San Diego-based Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC), and Qualcomm Inc. As Director of ASIC Programs for Qualcomm, Mr. Larson contributed significantly to the company's early efforts to establish a commercially viable ASIC division, generating over $600M in revenue during its third year. Mr. Larson also contributed to business operations of larger, global companies such as Ericsson, where he was Director of Business Management.

Mr. Larson began his career as an Electrical Engineer with Motorola's Integrated Circuits Research Applications Laboratory (MICARL). He holds a BSEE from the United States International University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Eben Thoma, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Eben Thoma is a research environmental scientist in the US EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Laboratory, Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, (APPCD), Emissions Characterization and Prevention Branch (ECPB). Dr. Thoma received his B.S in Physics from University of North Carolina at Asheville and Ph.D. in Physics from Wake Forest University.

Research Area
Dr. Thoma's research has been focused on the development of optical technologies for the measurement of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and fine particles. He is also interested in the environmental benefits and implications of nanotechnologies. Prior to joining EPA, Dr. Thoma worked in industry as a scientist and lead investigator on the development of laser systems and instrumentation.

Eric Crosson, Picarro
Prior to joining Picarro in 1999, Eric held research positions at Stanford University, including Senior Research Associate at the High Energy Physics Laboratory (HEPL) where he directed research in the areas of medical applications, accelerator science, solid-state/surface science, molecular materials/chemistry, biophysics and free electron laser science. At Stanford, he developed a number of key cavity ring-down spectroscopy techniques. Eric has been a Project Manager at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory at Duke University where he helped lead the design and construction of an atomic beam polarized ion source. Eric received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Damien Weidmann, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Damien gained his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Reims, France, in 2001, for research in the field of infrared laser heterodyne techniques for atmospheric sounding, and high resolution atmospheric spectroscopy. Damien was then appointed lecturer in Physics in the University of Reims. His research work was carried out within the Atmospheric and Molecular Spectroscopy Group, where he initiated high resolution molecular spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers.

Subsequently, in 2002, he was appointed post doctoral fellow in the Laser Science Group of Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, where he focused primarily on the developments of ultra-sensitive tunable laser based optical sensors for atmospheric, environmental, and medical applications.

Damien has been a research scientist at RAL Space at the UK Rutherford Appleton Laboratory since 2004, where he leads the tunable laser spectroscopy research and development team comprising four full time scientists. He also currently holds a joint-appointment with the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford.

Damien's works relate to the development of novel laser-based instrumentation for the detection and monitoring or trace chemicals. His team carries out research and development in the field of solid state laser spectroscopic methods and instruments for remote sounding and in-situ chemical sensing. As well as fundamental sciences, applications encompass earth and planetary observations, atmospheric and environmental monitoring, air quality, geo-chemistry, medical diagnostics, industrial monitoring, and detection for security and defence.

Jerry Meyer, U.S. Naval Reserach Laboratory
Jerry Meyer is the team leader and head of the NRL Quantum Optoelectronics section. Dr. Meyer has produced over 170 refereed journal articles, 11 book chapters, 16 patents and 60 invited presentations in the past ten years. His awards include: five Alan Berman Research Publications Awards, an NRL Distinguished Contribution Allowance Award, two Special Act awards, a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and a Technology Transfer Royalty Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Materials Research Society and the International Society Optical Engineers (SPIE). Dr. Meyer received his B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Tennessee, in 1972. He earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in physics from Brown University, in 1974 and 1977 respectively. He served as an NRC Research Associate at NRL from 1977 to 1979. Dr. Meyer joined NRL's Optical Sciences Division in 1980, as a research physicist conducting investigations of optical and transport properties of narrow-gap IR detector materials.