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2016 Board of Directors
Non-Voting Board Members

Board Member Information

  • President: Alexandre Y. Fong, M.Sc., MBA, C.Eng., Gooch & Housego
    Alexandre Fong is Senior Vice-President , Life Sciences and Instrumentation and Business Development at Gooch & Housego (G&H) Instruments. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Experimental Physics from York University in Toronto, Canada, an MBA from the University of Florida and is a Chartered Engineer.

    Alex began his career at Optech Inc., a spin-out of research from York University and now a world-wide leader in lidar (light detection and ranging) systems. Alex was responsible for system design and engineering, testing, documentation, field installation and operator training of a break-through Airborne Lidar Terrain Mapping System deployed in European, domestic and Asian markets. In addition, Alex also worked on the electro-optic design of atmospheric lidar systems.

    At AlliedSignal Aerospace (now Honeywell), Alex was responsible for the development and the lead technical interface with customers and regulatory agencies (FAA, Transport Canada) and airline field support teams on electrical power distribution on major civilian airliners. There he managed multi-disciplinary technical project design and production teams for Boeing 737 Next Generation power systems and other aircraft systems.

    Alex then returned to photonics as the lead for new product development and go-to-market effort for next generation photonics packaging products at Newport Corporation. There he developed custom processes and automated solutions for optical networking device packaging. From a technical leadership role, Alex moved to business development and contract management, where he worked closely with engineering to identify and to develop new business opportunities for photonics component assembly automation products and entry into the medical components industry.

    Leaving to join ITT Industries as World-wide Product Manager, Alex worked with leaders in the mobile wireless handset market to develop and deliver innovative keypad solutions such as that found on the Motorola RAZR product.

    In his current role at G&H, Alex is responsible for product development strategy, world-wide marketing and sales. During his tenure at G&H, Alex has successfully targeted and grown new market sectors in LED/solid state lighting and display industrial production test and measurement and life sciences imaging.

    Alex is founder and President of Cirrus Photonics Technology, a published author and lecturer in the fields of precision light measurement, life sciences imaging, remote sensing, applied optics and lasers. In addition to the OSA where he has served as Chair of the Public Policy Committee, is the current Chair of the OSA Industry Development Associates and Contributing Editor to Optics and Photonics News, he is also an active member of SPIE as a former member of the Financial Advisory Committee and the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). Alex is the current president of the Florida Photonics Cluster.

    Vice President: Greg Pangburn, Imperx Inc.
    Greg Pangburn is the Secretary-Treasurer and CFO of Imperx, Inc. a Boca Raton manufacturer of Scientific, Military and Industrial digital cameras and video capture cards. His degrees are in Business Administration, Accounting and Law. Greg has held executive level positions with Marsh & McLennan, Bechtel Power and Engineering, MobileOne Cellular and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). He is a member of SPIE, AIA and the UKIVA.

    Secretary-Treasurer: Dennis R. Pape, Ph. D., AlphaLaunch  
    Dennis R. Pape is President of AlphaLaunch in Orlando, Florida.  He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with an A.B. degree and Duke University in Durham, NC with a Ph.D. in Physics.  He began his career in the Central Research Laboratories at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX where he worked on optically addressed spatial light modulators.  He then became a Group Leader in acousto-optics at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL.  In 1987 he founded Photonic Systems Inc. (PSI) in Melbourne, FL.  He wrote the business plan for the company and secured venture capital from a top-tier VC firm.  The company developed state-of-the-art optical information processing systems, primarily for the government.  Throughout his technical career he has been involved in advancing the state-of-the-art in various optical technologies which have resulted in publications in OSA, SPIE, and IEEE journals and presentations at those societies’ conferences.  More recently he has been involved in starting-up new optics companies, both at Milcom Technologies in Orlando, and now with his own consulting firm, AlphaLaunch.

    Voting Board Members

    Randy Berridge, Florida High Tech Corridor Council
    Randy Berridge serves as the president of Florida High Tech Corridor Council, where he leads a team whose mission is to attract, retain, and grow high tech industry to Florida’s High Tech Corridor.  Other current management roles he maintains include president of Berridge Consulting Group, and serving as an advisory board member at SunTrust Bank, N.A.  In addition, Mr. Berridge’s community involvement spans the academic arena on the University of Central Florida’s Foundation Board to economic development commissions in several Central Florida regions and serving on the Board of Directors of Workforce Florida.

    Robert Daly, Ocean Optics, Inc.
    Robert P. (Bob) Daly leads the Ocean Optics Operations team as Vice President of Operations. Prior to Ocean Optics, Bob served as Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., and as Vice President of Manufacturing at Triton Network Systems, Inc., both located in Orlando. Bob holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters degree in Project Management from the George Washington University.

    Mel Kantor, Tower Optical
    Mel Kantor is President of Tower Optical in Boynton Beach, Florida.

    Nate Groover, Metro Orlando EDC
    Nate Groover is Director, Business Development Defense for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission in Orlando, Florida.

    Jason Hess, ER Precision Optical Corp (ERPOC)
    Jason Hess is currently Vice-President of Operations at ERPOC. He has over 16 years experience in the photonics industry that includes the following: (i) Extensive involvement in the Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP) for ERPOCs approval on the JSF program for LMCO Missiles and Fire Control; (ii) Member of the Senior Affiliates Program for CREOL (UCF); (iii) Helped ERPOC obtain and maintain all of its certifications for the past 10 years; (iv) Member of APOMA, SPIE, and other organizations in the Optics and Photonics Industry. Recipient of the William Schwartz award in 2011 as well as major involvement in ERPOCs 25% growth and expansion in 2010.

    Ray Malcom, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
    Ray Malcolm is Vice President, Sales and Marketing for JENOPTIK Optical Systems in Jupiter, Florida.

    Kunal Mitra, Florida Institute of Technology
    Dr. Kunal Mitra is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering Program at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida. He is also the Director of Laser, optics, and Instrumentation laboratory which he established at Florida Tech in 2000. He earned his BSME degree from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India in 1991. He then earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York (now Polytechnic University of New York University) in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Prior to joining Florida Institute of Technology in August 1997, he was working as a Postdoctoral Fellow for 10 months at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder under the National Research Council Research Associate Fellowship Program. Since joining Florida Tech Dr. Mitra initiated various research projects in the area of biomedical engineering, thermal sciences, and energy systems. He has published more than 120 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He also has secured 2 patents in biomedical imaging area. He has received substantial research funding from federal, state and private funding agencies. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He received “Best Faculty Award” in 2004 organized by Pi Tau Sigma (an honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity). This award is based in recognition of outstanding teaching and involvement with student activities.

    Ryan Snyder, Northrop Grumman Laser Systems
    Ryan is a Laser Engineer at Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Systems in Apopka, FL.

    Ray Pini, LightPath Technologies
    Ray Pini is currently the Director of Infrared Programs for LightPath Technologies in Orlando, Florida and is responsible for research, development & production of all molded infrared products at LightPath Technologies.  Previously, he was the Applications Manager for the Optical Spectroscopy Division of HORIBA Jobin Yvon in Edison, New Jersey.   He has a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Rider University.  Ray is a Senior Member of SPIE.

    M.J. Soileau, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
    Dr. Solieau is Vice President for Research and Professor of Optics, ECE & Physics and provides oversight and management to the Office of Research and Commercialization at UCF.  He began his career as at UCF as Founding Director of  CREOL – the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers in 1987 and led its development into the School of Optics/CREOL in 1998 before assuming his current duties as Vice President for Research for UCF. Along with extensive research and development projects, his community involvement in laser/optic and research-based organizations has enhanced Central Florida’s standing as an international photonics leader.  At the University of Southern California, he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/Quantum Electronics and a M.S. in Physics/Optics from the University of Utah.  His research interests include the nonlinear optical properties of materials and laser-induced damage. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the SPIE--The International Optical Engineering Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.  He is the recipient of the SPIE Gold Medal in 2008 and the Esther Hoffman Beller award from the OSA in 2007.

    Suresh Subramanian, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (LMMFC)
    Dr. Suresh Subramanian is Principal Research Engineer at LMMFC. He brings over 20 years of experience the Defense & Aerospace Industry with a strong first pass success record on a number of high risk / high payoff DOD programs. He has served as the Principal Investigator or Engineering Lead on diverse EO/IR Imaging sensor, algorithms, ROIC development, and computing technology development programs. Dr. Subramanian currently leads the Applied Research Sensors & ISR technical group at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, FL, where he is chartered to develop next generation sensors and related exploitation algorithms. He was previously the Chief Scientist for Advanced Technology Development at Irvine Sensors Corporation, a micro-electronics packaging, chip and sensor design company in Southern California. Dr. Subramanian has a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Ohio State University.

    Non-Voting Board Members

    FPC Executive Director: Jim Pearson, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
    Dr. Pearson is Special Consultant, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. He  received his PhD in Electrical Engineering & Physics in 1972 from the California Institute of Technology.  In his duties at UCF, he is responsible for marketing and industry outreach of CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, and for the development and maintenance of effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals, companies, and organizations for the purpose of establishing research partnerships and funding in areas of interest to the UCF faculty.  He leads the evaluation of selected partnership opportunities and related proposal efforts, and supports other UCF programs related to the objectives of the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. Prior to joining UCF in 2004, Dr. Pearson held the positions of Executive Director of ISA – The Instrumentation, Systems, & Automation Society from 1999 – 2004, and Executive Director of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering from 1993-1999.  From 1976 – 1993, he held several positions within United Technologies Corporation, including Chief Scientist at United Technologies Research Center, and President & General Manager of United Technologies Optical Systems.  He is a Life Fellow of SPIE, a Fellow of OSA, and a Senior Member of IEEE.

    Carol Ann Dykes, University of Central Florida Technology Incubator
    Ms. Carol Ann Dykes manages the University of Central Florida Business Incubator at Research Park. The Research Park Incubator one of nine site managed by the UCF Business Incubation Program - a university-community partnership that builds high-growth business opportunities into successful business ventures in Central Florida. Prior to joining UCF, Carol Ann was a member of the University of Florida (UF) faculty in the College of Engineering where she served as Associate Director of the Southern Technology Applications Center supporting companies, federal laboratories and universities across nine southeastern states in their technology commercialization activities. She also served as Director of the UF EDA University Center facilitating partnerships between Florida companies and entrepreneurs with the State's universities for joint technology commercialization activities. Prior to that, she served as Vice President for Information Services at Technology Strategic Planning Inc. in Stuart, FL, providing global competitive technology analysis for Fortune 50 clients and as an Information Specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Carol Ann is a member of the National Business Incubation Association and the Florida Business Incubation Association.. She has served as Board member and President of the University Economic Development Association. She is 2013 Chair of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  She was 2007-20010 chair of the Blanchard Park YMCA Board and 2008-2010 Chair of the Florida Hospital East Orlando Foundation Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 67. She was one of five finalists for the Orlando Business Journal's Women Business Executive of the Year in 2005, Volunteer of the Year for the Blanchard Park YMCA in 2006. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Orlando Women's Executive Council Achievement Award in Education.

    Thomas Hausken, Optoelectronic Industry Development Assoc.
    Tom Hausken is Senior Engineering and Applications Advisor for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association in Washington, DC.

    Bahaa Saleh, Ph. D., University of Central Florida
    Dr. Saleh is Dean & Director, Professor of Optics, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida and received the B.S. degree from Cairo University in 1966 and the Ph.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1971, both in electrical engineering. He held faculty and research positions at the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, Kuwait University, Max Planck Institute in Germany, the University of California-Berkeley, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Columbia University, University of Vienna, and the University of Wisconsin- Madison where he was a faculty member from 1977 to 1994 and served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1990 to 1994. He was appointed Dean of the College of Optics and Photonics and Director of CREOL at the University of Central Florida, beginning January 2009.  His research contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics in optics and photonics including statistical and quantum optics, optical communication and signal processing, nonlinear optics, photodetectors, image processing, and vision.   He is the recipient of the 1999 Optical Society of America Esther Hoffman Beller Award for outstanding contributions to optical science and engineering education, the 2004 SPIE BACUS award for his contribution to photomask technology, the 2006 Kuwait Prize for his contributions to optical science, and the 2008 Distinguished Service Award of the Optical Society of America.

    Edward Schons, University of Central Florida
    Ed brings over 30 years of experience in economic development to the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he serves as the Director of University Economic Development.  At UCF, he provides executive management and economic development consulting services to internal and external constituencies.  He is directly involved in the creation, attraction and retention of high technology based companies throughout the University’s area of service and that of the Florida’s High Tech Corridor.  Prior to joining UCF he served as the Senior Economic Development Policy Manager for Florida Power Corporation.  Throughout his career, Ed has been actively involved with many economic development organizations in Florida including the Metro-Orlando EDC, the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Central Florida Development Council.  Ed also works closely with the executive director of the Central Florida Research Park.  He has been an integral part of the Florida High Technology Corridor since 1996 and serves as a member of a key team that includes representatives from UCF, USF, and UF, private businesses and economic development organizations. Ed is a member of several organizations, including the following: CoreNet Global, he has been an active member of the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) since 1977 and today serves as a member of this organization’s Executive Committee as Chairman.  He has also been an active member of the Florida Chamber and serves as a member of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Innovation and Economic Development Caucus.  Ed is a delegate to the Stakeholders Council of Enterprise Florida Inc. and is a member of the Enterprise Florida Legislative Policy Committee and sits as an ex-officio member of the Enterprise Florida Inc., Board of Directors representing FEDC.  He is a past recipient of the Florida Chamber President’s Award for Outstanding Service, and the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association's “Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community".  Ed is also a recipient of the prestigious "Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional Award" from the Florida Economic Development Council for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Economic Development Profession.  Ed resides in Central Florida with his wife Jacquelyn.
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