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Optica Celebrates Engineers Week: From Photonics Innovation to the Marketplace

21 February 2023

Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC -05:00)

This course covers the process of technology development in the photonics industry from the perspectives of both formal processes and case studies. Key aspects of the commercialization process, including intellectual property, new product development processes, technical marketing and team building, are treated in an interactive program informed by the instructor’s 15 years of industry experience in both large corporate research and development organizations and entrepreneurial startups.

About Our Speaker: Robert A. Norwood, University of Arizona

Robert Norwood, U of ARobert A. Norwood is a Professor in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, where he performs research on photonic materials and devices.  Dr. Norwood previously spent 15 years in R&D leadership positions in industry at both Fortune 100 corporations (AlliedSignal now Honeywell) and venture-capital backed startups (VP/CTO of Photon-X); he recently co-founded another company, Norcon Technologies, specializing in optics for infrared applications.  He is a world expert in integrated optics and nonlinear optical materials, with more than 195 refereed publications, 7 book chapters, 45 issued US patents, and 80 invited talks.   Dr. Norwood has served on the program committees for OFC (sub-committee chair) and CLEO.  He has been an associate editor of Optica, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and Optical Materials Express.  Dr. Norwood is a Fellow of Optica, SPIE and the National Academy of Inventors, as well as a member of APS and IEEE.  He holds the Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.S.'s in physics and mathematics from MIT. 

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