Mike H. Anderson, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors and Founder:
Dr. Anderson has expertise in liquid-crystal devices, diode-lasers and laser stabilization, and electronics and electro-optics. He has designed and built numerous external cavity diode lasers, which he has used for spectroscopic studies and research in the trapping and cooling of neutral atoms. Notably, he was first author on Observation of Bose-Einstein Condensation in Dilute Atomic Vapor published in the journal Science, July 1995. He has three patents issued and fourteen pending.
Greg Neece, Chief Operating Officer:
Greg Neece is the current Chief Operating Officer of Vescent Photonics. Greg has a background in multiple industries including Aerospace, Process Control, Industrial Automation, and Photonics. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Management from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Greg began his career with Rockwell International in Huntsville Alabama working as Solid Rocket Booster Project Engineer during the post-Challenger return to flight period. In the early 90’s he moved to Boulder Colorado accepting a position as Technology Transfer Engineer for Emerson Electric where he advanced to Operations Manager. Greg was responsible for several international technology transfer projects and started operations in The Netherlands, Mexico and China. From Emerson Electric he moved to IBP, Inc. where he served as Chief Operating Officer of an engineering and automation division in Denver. Greg began working in Photonics in 2001 when he joined Avantes, Inc. as President. Greg has published various articles and serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Photonics Industry Association.
Ruth McCurry, VP Finance & Administration:
Ms. McCurry has 27 years experience in High-Tech, Manufacturing and Government Contracting Industries. Her experience includes working with both Small Businesses on the SBIR/STTR programs as well as Prime Government Contractors.
She is a successful and responsible Accounting Professional with a proven track record of:
- Management of small business accounting and financial operations
- Streamlining business processes to enable efficient flow of funds to support operations
- Implementing financial ERP systems to support achievement of corporate goals and objectives
Positioning small businesses for successful mergers and acquisitions
- Preparation of accurate financial statements and management of external audits
Ms. McCurry holds a B.S. Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Michael B. Radunsky, Ph.D., Vice President of Sales & Marketing:
Dr. Radunsky has over 15 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, and Product Management of lasers and photonics tools. His career began at Continuum Electro-optics where he helped develop one of the first market-ready pulsed OPO systems and other tunable and fixed-wavelength lasers. He has also managed ultrafast systems as well as external cavity diode and quantum cascade lasers. Dr. Radunsky also has extensive experience in international channel management and direct sales, including OEM account management. Dr. Radunsky obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley and completed a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kurt Vogel, Ph.D., Vice President of Technology:
Kurt came to us with a premier history of product development and release.
A further Management Search is underway.