Precision Electro-Optic, Waveguide, and Laser Technologies

Research and Development Staff

Ben Luey, MS., Staff Scientist:

Mr. Luey has experience in experimental laser cooling and atom trapping. He has designed and built external-cavity diode-lasers, ultra-high vacuum systems, and the thermo-opto-mechanical structures used in laser stabilization and atom trapping. While a graduate student in the labs of Dana Anderson at JILA he designed the atom-chips used to trap and manipulate atoms, and ran these atom trapping experiments. As a staff scientist at Vescent, Mr. Luey has played a pivotal role in the development of our D2-series atom trapping DBR lasers and control electronics.


Jeremy Shugrue, Electrical Engineer:

Jeremy is a multi-disciplinary electrical engineer proficient at collaborating with mechanical engineers and physicists to develop instruments from prototype to final product. He graduated with a BSEE from the University of Colorado in 2011. He has experience in designing mixed-signal analog circuits and digital systems with embedded firmware for both R&D projects and production. As an engineer at Vescent, he was responsible for the industrial design of the ICE box and the electrical design of many of it sub-modules including high current laser diode drivers and high-speed clock systems. He has also designed the drive electronics for the SEEOR mini-beamsteerer as well as other liquid crystal drivers.

Juan Pino, Ph.D., Principal Scientist

Juan Pino joins us from JILA, where he recently earned his Ph.D. under Dr. Eric Cornell and Dr. Deborah Jin. Juan’s Ph.D. work focused on novel, shot-noise limited measurement techniques of Bose-Einstein condensates. While at JILA Dr. Pino developed a strong background in optics, modeling, electronics, and the design and construction of cold-atom experiments. Recently Juan has been applying the lessons he learned at JILA to the non-mechanical designs being incorporated into the next-generation of Vescent products.

Joe Gamble

Joseph Gamble, Lead Mechanical Engineer

Joe takes on any design job from an RFID-secured coffee pot to the most stable fiber-coupled laser design we have produced.

Mike Ziemkiewicz

Mike Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D., Staff Scientist

Mike earned his Ph.D. under Dr. David Nesbitt at JILA before completing a postdoc at UC Berkeley. He has worked extensively with different photonics systems and has done experiments, using light produced by infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray lasers. Most of this work has involved using lasers to dynamically control and observe physical process occurring on fast timescales ranging from femtoseconds to nanoseconds. He also has extensive experience with developing algorithms for simulation, control, and analysis of complex scientific and technical problems.

Dr. Mark Yeo

Mark Yeo, Ph.D., Staff Scientist

Mark Yeo earned his Ph.D. under Dr. Jun Ye at JILA.  For his graduate work, Mark worked on the laser cooling and magneto-optical trapping of dipolar molecules.  While at JILA, Mark gained expertise in a wide range of laser systems including frequency combs, dye lasers and ECDL systems as well as developing a strong grounding in servo systems, electronics and designing cold AMO experiments.  

Derek Gann

Derek Gann, R&D Engineer

Derek earned his B.S. in physics engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his time there, he participated in a variety of cutting-edge research to include chip-scale electro-optical waveguides, optical characterization of protein molecules, and advanced imaging techniques in liquid crystal-composite systems. He brings this diverse skill set to Vescent to aid in the design, testing, fabrication, and integration of our liquid crystal-waveguide technologies and associated electronics. He also is passionate about sustainability, renewable energy, education and public outreach, as well as playing outdoors, photography, and music.