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2018 Board of Directors


> President: Alexei Glebov, Optigrate
> Vice President and Treasurer: Greg Pangburn, Imperx Inc.
>Secretary: Alex Fong , Cirrus Photonics Technology

Voting Board Members

Alexei Glebov, OptiGrate – IPG Photonics Corp
Greg Pangburn, Imperx Inc
Alex Fong, Cirrus Photonics Technology
Berg Gyselinxs, IMEC USA
Dennis Pape , Alphalaunch, Catalyst, Florida Venture Sourcing
Mel Kantor, Tower Optical
Jason Hess, ER Precision Optical Corp
Kunal Mitra, Florida Institute of Technology
Ronald Moore, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Ryan Snyder, Northrop Grumman Laser Systems
Edward Schons, University of Central Florida
MJ Soileau, University of Central Florida
Suresh Subramanian, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (LMMFC)
Ty Olmstead, Ocean Optics
Matt Weed, Luminar Technologies


Non-Voting Board Members

Board Member Information

  • President: Alexei L. Glebov, Ph.D., OptiGrate – IPG Photonics Corp

    Alexei Glebov is President and General Manager of OptiGrate Corp, an IPG Photonics Company. He received his Ph. D. degree in Physics from the University of Goettingen, Germany, and a M.S. degree from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Dr. Glebov started his industry career in the science division of Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, NJ. In 2000, he relocated to Silicon Valley to take a position at Fujitsu and later, Finisar where he was leading the development of photonics and optoelectronics technologies for next generations data- and telecommunication products.

    In 2008, Alexei joined OptiGrate Corp in Orlando, FL, as CEO and President. OptiGrate was a University of Central Florida spin-off that developed and commercialized the technology of volume Bragg gratings in photo-thermo-refractive glass. Under Alexei’s leadership the company became a prominent optical component manufacturer with more than 600 customers on 6 continents. In 2017, IPG Photonics, the market leader in high power fiber lasers, acquired OptiGrate Corp and Alexei remained at the helm with the new title of General Manager and President.

    Alexei holds more than 30 U.S. patents and has over 100 publications in technical books, journals, and conference proceedings. He is a frequent invited lecturer, editor of numerous proceedings bands, chairs conferences and symposiums, sits on executive organizing and program committees for major photonics, laser, and electro-optics conferences and trade shows. Alexei is a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; he serves on the Board of Directors of Orlando Inc., the Orlando regional chamber of commerce, as well as on the Laser Photonics Business Advisory Board of Wekiva High School.

    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

    Alexandre Y. Fong, M.Sc., MBA, C.Eng., Gooch & Housego

    Alexandre Fong is Director of Hyperspectral Imaging at TruTag Technologies. He holds a B.Sc. in Applied Computational Mathematics and Physics and M.Sc. in Experimental and Applied Physics from York University in Toronto, Canada, an MBA from the University of Florida and is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.).

    Alex began his career at Optech Inc (now Teledyne)., a world-wide leader in lidar (light detection and ranging) systems, where he 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.

    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 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, 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 Newport 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 those found on the Motorola RAZR product.

    After ITT Industries, Alex joined Optronics Laboratories Inc., later acquired by Gooch & Housego, where he was responsible for product development strategy, world-wide marketing and sales. During his tenure at OLI and G&H, Alex successfully targeted and grew new market sectors in LED/solid state lighting and display industrial production test and measurement and life sciences imaging.

    In his current role at TruTag Technologies, Alex is responsible for the overall strategic, technical and commercial development new imaging technologies in their new hyperspectral business which includes solutions for research as well as medical and various industrial applications.

    Alex is also founder and President of Cirrus Photonics Technology, and a published author and lecturer in the fields of precision light measurement, life sciences imaging, remote sensing, applied optics and lasers. At OSA-The Optical Society, he has served as Chair of the Public Policy Committee, and 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 served as president of the Florida Photonics Cluster from 2006 through 2017.

    Edward Schons, University of Central Florida & The Corridor

    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. He is also President of the The Corridor – 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. 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 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.

    Bert Gyselinckx - Vice President, imec / General Manager imec USA Nanoelectronics Design Center

    Bert Gyselinckx is Vice President at imec and General Manager of the imec design center at NeoCity, Florida. Bert Gyselinckx is a pioneer by birth and electrical engineer by training. Together with his team, he developed WiFi systems, smart watches, health patches, brain monitors and imaging systems of diverse ingenuity. The technologies he co-invented are deployed by both innovative semiconductor and consumer electronics companies as well as some start-ups he helped establish: Lifesense (Incontinence management), Bloom Technologies (pregnancy monitoring), Septentrio (satellite navigation). Bert received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rijksuniversiteit Ghent, Belgium, in 1992 and the the M.S. degree in Air and Space Electronics from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, Toulouse, France, in 1993. At this time, he was also a trainee at the Research and Development group of Siemens in Munich, Germany. Bert also holds an MBA degree from University Antwerp.

    Ronald Moore, JENOPTIK Optical Systems

    Ronald Moore is Vice President, Sales and Marketing for JENOPTIK Optical Systems in Jupiter, Florida. He has over 25 years of business development experience in the photonics industry, previously serving as Global Director of Sales and Marketing for GSI Lumonics’ Laser Division, Director of North American Sales for New Focus, and Director of Global OEM Accounts at Newport Corporation. He is a member of SPIE and the Optical Society of America.

    Mel Kantor, Tower Optical

    Mel Kantor is President and CEO of Tower Optical in Boynton Beach, Florida. Tower Optical is a Manufacturer of precision optics which he has owned and operated since 1997. The company was founded in 1978. Tower is a registered SDVOSB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business) In addition Tower is ISO 9001:2015 certified and is ITAR compliant. Long Standing Member of APOMA, SPIE, OSA and industrial affiliate of UCF.
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    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.

    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.

    M.J. Soileau, Ph.D., University of Central Florida

    Dr. Soileau is University Distinguished Professor of Optics & Photonics, ECE & Physics at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics. 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, and the Optical Society of America.
    Matt Weed, Luminar Technologies

    Matthew Weed is a member of the original engineering team at Luminar, a leading automotive LiDAR provider, and is currently focused on the company’s future through analysis and roadmapping of the autonomous vehicle and sensor industries. He is focused on commercializing advanced optics and photonics technologies and he has done so in drug delivery, medical diagnostics, and now automotive. In addition to his service on the FPC Board, Matthew is an active member of his international technical community sitting as Chair of the Optical Society’s Public Policy Committee and Steering Committee Member of the National Photonics Initiative. Academically, he earned his PhD through studies of the integration and fabrication of chip-scale photonic devices at CREOL, the College of Optics at the University of Central Florida and received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds 12 US patents in laser and LiDAR technologies.
    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: FPC Executive Director: Jim Pearson, Ph.D., University of Central Florida

    In addition to his work with the FPC, Dr. Pearson is part-time as Special Consultant at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, and is a co-PI on the LASER-TEC program at IRSC - Indian River State College. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering & Physics in 1972 from the California Institute of Technology. In his work at UCF, FPC, and IRSC, he supports the development and maintenance of effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals, companies, and organizations for the purpose of establishing partnerships and funding in areas of interest to the organizations. 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 Life 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.

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