Optics & Photonics Industry Spotlight

March 28, 2019

About the Event

The Optics & Photonics Industry Spotlight event is designed to be more than just a career fair. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the field of optics and photonics and highlight opportunities in this industry. Optics-related companies from all over the state of Michigan are invited to host an informational table and give a short overview of their company to the attendees. There will also be a keynote presentation that highlights what it is like to have a career in industry and the role that optics plays in technological development - past, present, and future. Following the presentation, there will be a reception to conclude the event, giving attendees time to network and connect with companies.


March 28, 2019


6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dining & Banquet Hall, Building 18, North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)

Schedule of Events

        • 6:00-6:15 pm -- Event Begins, Attendees Take Seats
        • 6:15-7:00 pm -- Keynote Presentation
        • 7:00-7:30 pm -- Company Overviews
        • 7:30-9:00 pm -- Reception

Keynote Presentation


Dr. Marc D. Himel, Director Inside Sales and Customer Success MKS Instruments - Newport Corporation


Harnessing Light for a Better World


The first optical devices date back 2700 years while the laser was invented just 50 years ago. Advances in these technologies in the 20th century that are continuing (and perhaps accelerating) today have led to the development of products and systems that impact our lives on a daily basis. From vision enhancement to early disease diagnosis, from gaming interfaces to high speed communication networks, from renewable energy to enhanced security, from the cosmic scale to the molecular level, optical science and engineering is a fertile ground for the creative scientist and engineer. This talk will provide an overview of how our world today is impacted by optics and lasers and will look to how optics can assist with some of the greatest engineering challenges we face in the coming decades.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Himel, an SPIE Fellow since 2010, received his BS degree in Physics from the California Polytechnic State University in 1984, his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1988, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut in 1998. Following his PhD, Dr. Himel worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Research in Electro-Optics and Lasers at the University of Central Florida performing research on the characterization of thin film coatings. For 14 years, he worked in the design and development of advanced lithography systems starting with three years at AT&T Bell Laboratories working on the development of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography, followed by five years at SVG Lithography Systems working on excimer laser based illumination systems, and eighteen years at DigitalOptics Corporation and Jenoptik Optical Systems where he concentrated his efforts on the application of diffractive micro-optics for advanced lithography, inspection, and consumer applications. Dr. Himel is currently the Director of Inside Sales and Customer Success at MKS Instruments - Newport Corporation. His research and development activity has resulted in over 46 published papers and three patents.

Thank you to our Sponsors

This event is supported by an OSA Special Programs Grant and a SPIE Traveling Lecturer Grant.

This event is planned and hosted in partnership with the Ann Arbor Chapter of the Optical Society (AAOSA).