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Technical Directors


Helena Diez

Helena Diez, PhD, is a Technical Director for Laser at Optica’s Corporate Engagement Department. She has more than 20 years experience in the field, most recently as a Senior Researcher at Institute for Shock Physics, WSU – Defence, forensics, nano-sensors, and all applied spectroscopy. She grew up in the Andean mountains in Venezuela, loves the paramos and the sea, and hiking and martial arts are her sports of choice. She is based in Manchester, UK.  

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Pouya Dianat

Pouya Dianat, PhD, is a Technical Director at Optica’s Corporate Engagement Department, focusing on Photonic Integrated Circuits and Quantum applications. Pouya has worked in the Photonics industry for more than 10 years, focusing on business development for advanced photonic technologies, from concept to market launch. His previous experience includes commercializing and industrializing high-performance photodetectors for applications such as 3D sensing and imaging, specifically for automotive LiDAR, defense, and datacom markets and developing relationships with partners, and key stakeholders across photonic industry ecosystems. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in 2015, where he conducted research on opto-plasmonic quantum capacitors, and since then has closely followed the commercial developments in quantum technologies, with the advent of practical quantum computers.

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Olga Razskazovskaya

Olga Razskazovskaya (Olga Raz), PhD, is a Technical Director for Optics at Optica’s Corporate Engagement Department. Olga has 13+ years of accumulated experience in the field of Optics and Photonics and has both, academic and industry, experience in the development and deployment of ultrafast laser systems and optical components for advanced scientific and industrial applications including fluorescent microscopy, X-ray generation, attosecond science, spectroscopy and imaging. Olga graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics from Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany in 2017 where she worked on the development of ultrafast infrared laser systems for the investigation of semiconductor materials. After postdoctoral work at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland Olga joined the industry and has continued her work in the design and implementation of optical components and ultrafast laser as a sales & development engineer.

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