Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Special Seminar: “Presenting the recently released National Academy Optics and Photonics report (Harnessing Light II)”, Paul McManamon & Stephen Anderson

Special Seminar:  “Presenting the recently released National Academy Optics and Photonics report (Harnessing Light II)”, Paul McManamon & Stephen Anderson
Thursday, September 27, 2012 / 10:30-11:30am

“Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation”- Paul McManamon, Technical Director, LOCI, University of Dayton

Dr. Paul F. McManamon is an independent consultant and works half time as the Technical Director of the Ladar and Optical Communications institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton.   Until May of 2008 he was chief scientist for the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Sensors Directorate consists of about 1250 people responsible for developing new sensor technology for the Air Force.  The Sensors directorate spent $548M in FY 07.  Dr McManamon was responsible for the technical portfolio of the Sensors directorate, including RF sensors and countermeasures, EO sensors and countermeasures, and automatic object recognition.  He has developed multidiscriminate electro-optical sensors, including multifunction laser radar, novel electro-optical countermeasure systems, and optical phased-array beam steering.  Dr McManamon has participated in three Air Force Scientific Advisory Board summer studies, New World Vistas in 1995, A Roadmap for a 21st Century Aerospace Force in 1998, and Sensors for Difficult Targets in 2001.  Dr McManamon has technically led in many substantial DARPA  efforts.   Dr McManamon was instrumental in the development of laser flash imaging, initiating the ERASER program as a method to enhance our EO target recognition range by a factor of 4 or 5.  Dr. McManamon is widely recognized in the electro-optical community.  Dr McManamon was the 2006 President of SPIE.  SPIE has  17,500 members world wide, and had > 45,000 people attend its meetings in 2006.  He was on the SPIE board of directors for 7 years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007.  Dr. McManamon serves on the executive committee for the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS.  Dr. McManamon received the WRG Baker award from the IEEE in 1998.  The WRG Baker award is awarded for the best paper in ANY refereed IEEE journal or publication.   Dr. McManamon is a Fellow of SPIE, IEEE, and OSA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS. 

“Industry Trends and Opportunities”- Stephen G. Anderson, SPIE Industry & Market Strategist

Stephen G. Anderson joined SPIE last year as Industry & Market Strategist. He is an industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved in the photonics technology marketplace for more than 30 years. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief with Pennwell's Laser Focus World where he directed the editorial strategy for all media and platforms. During his 18 year tenure there, Anderson supervised the Annual Review and Forecast of the Laser Marketplace, published each January, and led the highly regarded Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar, held annually at Photonics West. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. In 2011 he served on the Blue Ocean Grants committee sponsored by Ocean Optics, and since 2006 has served as a member of the jury panel for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis. Before joining Laser Focus World, Anderson held marketing and business development positions at Perkin Elmer (UK) and at Spectra-Physics in the UK, Germany, and most recently in the USA. He holds a chemistry degree from the University of York, (England), and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.

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