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Amplify Optics Immersion Program

15 October 2022 – 18 October 2022 Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York United States

The Amplify Optics Immersion Program is designed to highlight the research, technology and careers in optics and photonics for Black undergraduate and master's students. Co-located with Optica's annual meeting Frontiers in Optics (FiO) and Student Leadership, participating students will attend a dedicated program and participate in FiO technical and professional development sessions and student activities.

You will hear from world-renowned lecturers with time split between programming designed specifically Immersion attendees, joint activities with the Optica Student Leadership program, and FiO talks and programming. Topics and activities:

  1. Overview of optics and photonics research, technologies and career opportunities.
  2. Introduction to Optica and of FiO technical program and special events with programming on getting the most out of the experience.
  3. Participation in the APS Division of Laser Science (DLS) Symposium on Undergraduate Research.
  4. Participation in FiO activities including small group guided tours of FiO exhibit floor and the opening Plenary talk.
  5. Informal networking activities and meals.

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Program Timeline
The program will run 16-20 October 2022 (4 days and 3 nights) co-located with the Optica annual meeting Frontiers in Optics:

  • Saturday, 15 October – arrival and networking event
  • Sunday, 16 October – Immersion programming, Student Leadership plenary and party
  • Monday 17 October – FiO/Student Leadership programming, DLS Symposium on Undergraduate Research 
  • Tuesday 18 October – show floor tour, Plenary and departure

Program Description
Time will be split between programming designed specifically for this group, joint activities with the Optica Student Leadership program, and attending FiO talks and programming. The activities for the Immersion attendees will include: 

  1. Overview of optics and photonics research, technologies and career opportunities. 
  2. Introduction to Optica and of FiO technical program and special events with programming on getting the most out of the experience.
  3. Participation in the DLS Symposium on Undergraduate Research
  4. Participation in FiO activities including small group guided tours of FiO exhibit floor and the opening Plenary talk. 
  5. Informal networking activities and meals 
Saturday, 15 October   

17:30 – 19:00   Welcome Reception, Eggleston Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn

Sunday, 16 October   

07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast, Lilac Ballroom South, Rochester Convention Center

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome 

  • Elizabeth Rogan, Optica CEO

08:45 – 09:15  Introductions & Kick-off with Master of Ceremonies

  • Anthony Johnson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

09:15 – 10:00   All About Optics

  • Kimani Toussaint, Brown University, USA

10:00 – 10:30   Break

10:30 – 12:00   Opportunities in Optics

  • Kenneth Barber, Edmund Optics, USA
  • Josh Cobb, Meta, USA
  • Ivy Krystal Jones, Hampton University, USA
  • Owusu Nyarko-Boateng, The University of Energy & Natural Resources, Ghana
  • Willie Rockward, Morgan State University, USA
  • Michael Williams, Boston Electronics, USA

12:00 – 13:30   Networking Lunch with Optica Board of Meetings & Technical Group Leaders

13:30 – 15:00   Enabled By Optics

  • Biomedical Optics – Caroline Boudoux, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
  • Fabrication, Design & Instrumentation – Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Edmund Optics, USA
  • Information Acquisition, Processing & Display – Abbie Watnik, US Naval Research Lab, USA
  •  Optical Interaction Science – Steve Cundiff, University of Michigan, USA
  • Photonics & Opto-Electronics – Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester, USA
  • Vision & Color – Danuta Sampson, University College London, UK

15:00 – 15:30   Break

15:30 – 16:30   Journey of an Engineer

  • Erica J Thompson, Intel, USA

16:30 – 17:30   Being Black in STEM

  • George Okyere Dwapanyin, University of St Andrews, UK 

17:30 – 18:00   Q&A and Closing

  •  Anthony Johnson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

18:00 – 19:00   Break

19:00 – 22:00  Student Party with the Optica Student Leadership Experience, Bar Bantam, Metropolitan, S. Clinton Ave.

Monday, 17 October   

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast talk: A Word About Frontiers in Optics from the Chairs, Eggleston Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn

  • Turan Erdogan, Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc., USA

9:15 – 10:00     FiO Machine Learning Visionary Talk

10:00 – 12:00   Open time for FiO talks and visiting the Optica Lounge & Foundation Pop-up

12:00 – 1:00     Joint Lunch DLS Symposium on Undergraduate Research, Lilac Ballroom, Convention Center

1:00 – 6:00      DLS Program/Poster Sessions

6:30 – 7:30      Joint Dinner DLS Symposium, Christopher’s, 28 E. Main St.

Tuesday, 18 October   

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast talk FiO's Science & Industry Showcase, what to expect, Eggleston Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn

  • Jose Pozo, Optica Chief Technology Officer

9:15 – 10:00     FiO Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Visionary Talk, Highland A/K Room Convention Center

10:00 – 10:30   Break

10:30 – 11:30    Plenary Talk: Peddling a Telescope: Reflections on Aligning the Webb Telescope, and Cycling the World

  • Scott Acton, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, USA

10:30 – 12:00   Science & Industry Showcase

  • Guided Tour with Organizing Committee & Optica Ambassadors



Kenneth Barber, Edmund Optics

Kenneth has over 23 years of experience in the photonics industry specializing in Project Management and Product Development. During his career he founded and help develop Edmund Optics’ Project Management department and New Product Introduction process. As Director of Engineering and Project Management, he leads a global team of Designers and Project Managers in the US, China and Germany in the development of new product. Kenneth holds a graduate certification in Project Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and received his BS in Optics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. • Founder and Co-chair of Edmund Optics’ US Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Published Articles contributed to: • Optics that focus on manufacturing • Hemispherical Display Uses Single Lens and Digital Projector

Caroline Boudoux, Biomedical Optics

Caroline Boudoux, Eng., PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montréal, a member of Institut de génie biomédical, and a researcher at Centre de recherche du CHU Ste-Justine and Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL). After earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Université Laval, she obtained a PhD in biomedical optics at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, followed by a postdoctorate in nonlinear microscopy at École Polytechnique de Paris. Since then, she has been directing the Laboratory of Optical Diagnoses and Imagery, which specializes in optical coherence tomography and microscopy.

Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester

Dr. Jaime Cardenas earned his PhD from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Optical Science and Engineering. His research was in single air interface bends and waveguide microcantilevers. After two years as a process engineer, and three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Cornell Nanophotonics group, Jaime continued with the Lipson Nanophotonics Group as a research scientist at Columbia University in June 2015.

Josh Cobb, Meta

Josh Cobb has been designing, building, and testing optical systems for over 30 years. He worked at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY where he trained in Lens Design apprenticing under Fred Herring. At IBM he designed and built optical systems for the semi-conductor manufacturing lines and was the co-founder of IBM Optical Development Services. He next went to the Eastman Kodak Research Labs where he designed and built systems for many different Kodak businesses. These included laser thermal printers, scanners, digital projections systems and was the co-inventor and developer of the Monocentric Optical technology in all of Kodak’s stereoscopic displays. He next worked at Corning Tropel in Fairport, NY where he designed systems that include photovoltaic concentrators, maskless lithography systems, augmented reality systems, and lithographic illuminators. Josh is currently an Optical Scientist at Meta working for Reality Labs. Josh has also been an adjunct Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College since 2008, and he teaches a Graduate course in Illumination at the University of Rochester. He holds a BS and MS in Optics from the University of Rochester and is the inventor of 72 issued US patents. He is also the co-author of Light Action! Amazing Experiments with Optics a classic children’s book which has been in print for 29 years.

Steve Cundiff, University of Michigan

Steven Cundiff is the Harrison M. Randall Collegiate Professor of Physics and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan. In 1995 he joined Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ as a postdoctoral member of the technical staff. In 1997, he moved to JILA, a joint institute between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado, Boulder. At JILA, he was both a physicist with NIST and adjoint faculty at the university. From 2004-2009 he was chief of the NIST Quantum Physics Division. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2015. Cundiff received his B.A. in physics from Rutgers University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Michigan in 1992. In 1993-1994 he was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral scientist at the University of Marburg, Germany. Cundiff is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), Optica, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cundiff received the Humboldt Research Award in 2010 and the OSA Meggers award in 2011. He chaired the 2014 APS Division of Laser Science. He works in the field of ultrafast optics, including the development and application of multidimensional coherent spectroscopy and of frequency combs, recently demonstrating the combination of these two fields.

Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Edmund Optics

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is the Senior Director of Strategic Optical Innovations at Edmund Optics (EO). At EO she is responsible for corporate strategy related to optical components and associated coating technologies. Prior to joining EO, Jessica was the Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax from 2007 to 2022. She joined Optimax after graduating from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester with a BS, MS, and PhD in Optics. She furthered her education with an Executive MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 2013. Jessica is active in the technical community as a fellow member of SPIE and a senior member of Optica (formally OSA) as well as a member of the Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council (OEOSC). Optics education is a strong passion for Jessica, and she currently leads the educational outreach activities for Optica-Rochester Section Optics Suitcase program and chairs the SPIE Education and Outreach committee. In addition to The Institute of Optics, Jessica also teaches a course on Managing Technology, Innovation, and Research at the Saunders School of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as part of their Executive MBA program.

George Okyere Dwapanyin, Stellenbosch University

George O. Dwapanyin is a Ghanaian early career researcher. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2009 from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He worked with the Radiation Protection Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission where he was part of the pioneering team for non-ionising radiation protection. He was then awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship which saw him complete his master's degree in Optics and Photonics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany as well as the European masters in Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Spain. His PhD in Physics was awarded by Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2020 where his research led to the development of multimodal nonlinear imaging systems for biophotonics applications. This research also led to the first real world application of time domain ptychography in imaging. George has served as a reviewer and mentor for several committees within Optica and beyond. He is currently a research fellow with the Optical Manipulation Group at the University of St Andrews in the UK where his research currently dwells around advanced imaging techniques and Raman spectroscopy.

Turan Erdogan, Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc.

Turan Erdogan received his S.B. in electrical Engineering from MIT in 1987. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1992. He completed postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Labs. Following his education, Erdogan became a professor at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where he worked from 1994 to 2000. In 2000, he co-founded Semrock, Inc., in Rochester, New York. The company was acquired in 2008 by IDEX Corp. In the following years, Erdogan became the CTO and VP of Buisness Development for IDEX Optics & Photonics and IDEX Health & Science. He remained in that position until 2016. For two years, he worked at the site leader for Melles Griot, and most recently, he became the President of Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and over 50 major conference talks, and he holds more than 30 issued patents, with about half of these covering optical devices in mass production today. He is a Fellow of OSA, and received the 1995 Adolph Lomb Medal “for application of electron-beam lithography to fabrication of circular diffraction gratings and demonstration of a surface-emitting semiconductor laser based on these gratings.”

Anthony M. Johnson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

After receiving a B.S. in Physics from Polytechnic Institute of New York, U.S. in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1981 from the City College of New York, Johnson spent 14 years conducting research at AT&T Bell Laboratories. His research has been in the general area of ultrafast optics and optoelectronics. He has published nearly 60 refereed papers, two book chapters and holds four U.S. patents. He has provided unceasing service to the optics community as an active member of several professional organizations and scientific commissions. His roles have included: Editor-in-Chief of Optics Letters and Editor; member of OSA's Board of Directors and Board of Editors; member of the National Research Council's Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science and the Board on Assessment of NIST Programs; member of the governing boards of the American Institute of Physics and IEEE LEOS and the Executive Board of American Physical Society and a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He has also served on the program committees for CLEO and the LEOS Annual Meeting and co-chaired CLEO in 1996. Johnson is the recipient of APS's 1996 Edward A. Bouchet Award. He is a fellow of OSA, APS, IEEE, AAAS, and the National Society of Black Physicists. In 2021, he received the Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award "for decades of principled leadership and steadfast service to The Optical Society and to the optics community, and especially for serving as a tireless ambassador for OSA." Johnson served as a Director-at-Large on OSA's Board from 1993-1996. He has also served as chair of the Women & Minorities Committee (1994-1995), chair of Awards Council in 2000, and chair of Optics Letters Editors from 1995-2001. In 2000, he was elected Vice President of OSA and served consecutively as President-Elect, President in 2002, and Past President the following year. He remains active with the Society and sits on the Presidential Advisory Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Rapid Action Committee.

Ivy Krystal Jones, Hampton University

She completed a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Marquette University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering working in the Shock Physics Laboratory working on dynamic behavior material analysis from 2018-2019 as well as being a 2018 OSA Ambassador. She also has obtained academic positions such as full-time adjunct faculty professor, instructor, and lecturer at Wilbur Wright College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S. Truman College, Blitstein Institute for Women, and Chicago State University teaching general chemistry, physical science, and engineering physics from 2017- 2018. She has recently obtained a Physics Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she will be researching computational code for radiotherapy oncological imaging modeling applications for cancer diagnostic and treatment techniques. In addition, Dr. Jones completed a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member (I & II) position(s) in the Materials Science & Physics Division specifically in the Sensor Materials and Measurement group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2016-2017; where her postdoctoral research involved working on synthetic procedures and processing methods to yield high-performance transparent ceramics for current scintillator application projects directly related to medical imaging where she received a US Patent in Nov. 2020. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Physics from Hampton University in the Department of Physics at the Crystal Physics Laboratory in 2009 and 2015, specializing in optical physics. Her dissertation research focused on solid-state eye safe laser material development, she has also worked in the past on various multi-disciplinary research projects from bioengineering molecular ligation methods to characterization and evaluation of hybrid space-survivable nanocomposites. She also received two MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biotechnology & Chemical Sciences from Tuskegee University and Roosevelt University in 2009 and 2003. She obtained her B.S. and B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Tuskegee University in 2001.

Owusu Nyarko-Boateng, University of Energy and Natural Resources

Owusu Nyarko-Boateng (PhD) holds HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, BSc Computer Science, PGDE, MSc Information Technology, and PhD Computer Science from the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani-Ghana. He is a former employee of MTN Ghana and Huawei Technology (SA) Ghana. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani-Ghana. His research interest is in Optical Technology, Submarine and Underground fiber optics cable transmission, Access Networks, MIMO, WiMAX, Spread Spectrum Technologies, 5G, data communication, intelligent transmission systems, Machine learning and IT Policy formulations and deployment. He is the founder and a former president of Optical Society of UENR (OSU).

Jose Pozo, Optica Chief Technology Officer

Originally from Spain, Jose Pozo has spent more than 25 years working in photonics. He earned a PhD in quantum physics from the University of Bristol, UK, and an M.Sc. and B.Eng. in telecom engineering from UPNA, Spain / VUB, Belgium. Prior to joining EPIC in 2015 as CTO, Jose was a Senior Photonics Technology Consultant with PNO Consultants, with some of the main accounts such as CERN, Thales or TE Connectivity. He has worked at TNO, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, and as a post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he contributed to the early development of EFFECT Photonics.

Willie S. Rockward, Morgan State University

Dr. Rockward has a unique combination of leadership from academic, professional, and community experiences. As a tenured professor at Morehouse College, he served the past 7 years as the Chair of the Department of Physics & Dual Degree Engineering Program (Physics & DDEP) and the past 20 years as the Research Director of the Materials and Optics Research & Engineering (MORE) Laboratory. Among his professional leadership experiences, he is the President of the National Society of Black Physicists and the immediate Past President of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. Also, he has served a combination of 23 years as Pastor of the Divine Unity Missionary Baptist Church and Associate Minister of Antioch Baptist Church North in East Point and Atlanta, Georgia, respectively. As Chair of Physics & DDEP at Morehouse, his vision and leadership resulted in the department being the US #1 producer for underrepresented minorities with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics according to the American Institute of Physics in conjunction to boasting the Nation’s most productive Dual Degree Engineering Program. He is a strong proponent of STEM mentorship using methodologies of faculty-to-student, peer-to-peer, professional shadowing, life-skills coaching, and research apprenticeship. His current research interests include micro/nano optics lithography, extreme ultraviolet interferometry, metamaterials, terahertz imaging, nanostructure characterization, and crossed phase optics.

Danuta Sampson, University College London

2017 OSA Ambassador Danuta Bukowska-Sampson is an early career research fellow currently based at the Lions Eye Institute and the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. She joined these institutions in 2014, bringing with her expertise in optics, optical microscopy, and image processing. She acquired this expertise during her PhD at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, in the Optical Biomedical Imaging Group, a leading group in the field of biomedical imaging. From 2008 to the completion of her PhD in February 2014, her research concentrated on the development of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography for applications in biology and ophthalmology under the supervision of two of its founders, Professors Andrzej Kowalczyk and Maciej Wojtkowski. Her PhD studies largely concerned the application of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography to blood flow measurement, and she has also contributed to the field of structural and functional imaging of the human retina, including the design of advanced scanning protocols and novel OCT data processing methods. Her postdoctoral position in Australia taken up in October 2014 has presented the opportunity to broaden her knowledge in vision science, gain experience in new diagnostic tools in ophthalmology, and further enhance her skills in image processing methods under the supervision of Dr Fred Chen, MD. Over the past seven years, Dr Sampson has been an active member of the two main optical societies: The Optical Society (OSA) and The International Optics and Photonics Society (SPIE). She has served as a committee member for international student conferences, reviewed articles submitted for peer-review and accepted invitations to write articles and blogs in the field of science popularization to raise interest in optics amongst young people. In 2009, she has established the Nicolaus Copernicus University student chapter of the Optical Society and became a chapter president for one year. Since then, she has been involved in many outreach programs aimed at raising general public interest in physics. For example, in 2011, she initiated a national contest called “The Art of Seeing”, which aimed to design optics tools to support education and development of partially sighted children in Poland. This activity was recognized by Educational Outreach OSA and SPIE grants. Her contributions in promoting science were acknowledged by receiving the distinction of “Science Popularizer 2014”, a national Polish prize. This prestigious prize, awarded since 2005 by the Science and Scholarship Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, recognizes scientists who contribute to popularizing scientific knowledge. In 2014, after beginning her postdoctoral fellowship, she was asked to join the Western Australian local outreach committee of the UNESCO International Year of Light to help organize events in the local community. In the same year, she initiated the University of Western Australia student chapter of the Optical Society and became the Chapter’s outreach advisor, enabling to continue her passion for raising general public interest in optics. In 2016, she has been a mentor for an Australian senior high school student in the World Biotech Tour program, assisting in a biotechnology research project. Her mentee won the local competition in Perth, Western Australia, for her outstanding research work and will represent Australia at the Science Centre World Summit, Tokyo, Japan in 2017. These achievements have been made possible through the excellent training in leadership and science she received from her mentors and teachers, Professors Andrzej Kowalczyk and Piotr Targowski from the Nicolaus Copernicus University, to whom she is indebted.

Erica J Thompson, Non-Volatile Solutions Group (NSG), Intel

Erica recieved her B.S in Physics at Fisk University, Ph.D. in Physics at Hampton University (NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project Fellow), and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Caltech Chemical Engineering. Merck Post Doctoral Fellow as well. Erica delivers Intel’s technology expertise across all wet etch cleaning platforms; corrosion chemistry expert; and able to remove a variety of dry etch by-product with high selectivity to surrounding films. Erica has a total of 26 US Patents and was awarded a High Five Patent (5 patents in 1 year). Some of Erica's professional aspirations are to continue to manage programs to complete the task mentioned above, but with a larger team and to broaden scope and acquire more challenging technical problems.

Kimani C. Toussaint, Brown University

Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Engineering at Brown University with appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. He is also Senior Associate Dean in the Brown University School of Engineering beginning August 1st, 2020. Prior to joining Brown, Dr. Toussaint was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 12 years, where he rose to the rank of Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Dr. Toussaint directs the laboratory for Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE Lab), an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on both developing nonlinear optical imaging techniques for quantitative assessment of biological tissues, and novel methods for harnessing plasmonic nanostructures for light-driven control of matter. He is a recipient of a 2010 NSF CAREER Award, the 2014-2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, the 2015 Illinois Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, the 2017 Illinois Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2019 Distinguished Promotion Award. Dr. Toussaint is also a Fellow of the OSA and SPIE, and Senior Member in the IEEE. In addition, he served as the PI and inaugural Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanomanufacturing (nanoMFG) Node at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2017-2019. Dr. Toussaint is also part of CELL-MET, a multi-institutional National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in Cellular Metamaterials (EEC-1647837). CELL-MET aims to grow functional and clinically significant heart tissue while simultaneously developing a talented and diverse workforce to tackle future challenges in synthetic tissues engineering.

Abbie Watnik, US Naval Research Laboratory

Michael J Williams, Boston Electronics

Michael J. Williams is from Philadelphia, PA, USA. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2009 from Morehouse College and a Master in Science in Materials Science in 2012 from Fisk University. He received a PhD in Optics from Delaware State University in 2018. His research was the investigation of the linear, nonlinear, and fluorescent characterization of various nanodiamond suspensions using well-established characterization methods and techniques. The purpose was to determine a deeper understanding on how to engineer nanodiamonds to enhance their optical properties for lasers, biophotonics, and quantum optical applications. He has served on several committees promoting new leadership in optics and photonics and racial diversity and inclusion. He has also presented ground-breaking science policy to the US Congress. Currently, he is an Applications Specialist for Boston Electronics, a photonics distribution company that enables its customers to develop and manufacture superior products and perform leading edge research by providing them with a broad range of advanced electro-optical solutions and knowledgeable application support.


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