Technical Conference:
14 – 19 May 2017
16 – 18 May 2017

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Executives

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Executives


Steven Butcher, Director of Marketing, Coherent, USA

Steve has worked in the laser industry since 1979. Shortly after completing a PhD degree in physics from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland he began his career as a laser development engineer at Ferranti, a large military laser company in Scotland. In 1981, he immigrated to the United States spending almost seventeen years at Quantel International/Continuum in a number of technical and marketing roles from product engineer to marketing manager in the scientific YAG laser market. After a short stint at Lightwave Electronics as a sales account manager for industrial DPSS lasers, he joined Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in 1998 where he now works as a director of marketing in the Research Laser Systems business unit which is primarily focused on ultrafast laser systems for research applications.


G. Groot Gregory, Technical Marketing Director, Synopsys, USA

Groot Gregory is a Technical Marketing Director and LightTools Product Manager at Synopsys (formerly Optical Research Associates), a technical software company specializing in Electronic Design Automation and Optical Systems Design. His role includes working with customers to understand the market needs in illumination systems design and communicating those needs to the software development team. Groot's interests in optics include optical design and analysis software, the design and deployment of optical instrumentation, and the promotion of the science though professional society involvement and education outreach. Groot received degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Optics from the University of Rochester and is a Fellow of the SPIE.

Groot is a member of the OSA and a Fellow of SPIE. He is a past chair of OSA's OPN advisory committee. He currently serves OSA as member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Membership and Education Services Council, a member of the External Relations Committee and of the Industry Council, and a column editor for OPN, He has served the New England local section of OSA as program chair, publications chair, president and is currently treasurer.


Henry Kapteyn, CEO & Founder, KMLabs, Inc., USA

Dr. Henry C. Kapteyn is founder and CEO of Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc., and has been a Professor at the Department of Physics, and a Fellow of JILA, at the University of Colorado since 1999. Henry received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, in the field of x-ray and short-wavelength laser physics. His work as an Assistant Professor with his long-time collaborator Prof. Margaret Murnane resulted in the development of a new generation of ultrafast laser technology that made it straightforward to produce light pulses just a few optical cycles in duration. His current research thrust is in exploring novel techniques for generating coherent light in the ultraviolet-to-x-ray region of the spectrum. This work opens up a new region of the electromagnetic spectrum to fundamental studies, and his group is applying these sources to studies of dynamic processes in atomic, molecular, and materials systems, as well as for technological applications such as nanoscale imaging.
 Prof. Kapteyn is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the AAAS. He received with Prof. Margaret Murnane the 2009 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology of the American Chemical Society, the 2010 R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America, the 2010 Arthur L Schawlow Prize in Laser Science of the American Physical Society, and the 2012 Willis E. Lamb Medal.


Leslie Kimerling, CEO & Co-Founder, Double Helix, USA

As CEO, Ms. Kimerling is responsible for the company’s strategy, finance, business development and day-to-day operations. She leads the company’s go-to-market efforts, including all negotiation and management of licensing and strategic partnerships. She also has primary responsibility for company investment efforts and serves on its board.  Ms. Kimerling brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience to Double Helix having founded and served as a senior executive and advisor to multiple startup and growth companies over her career.  Ms. Kimerling has extensive experience in launching companies and bringing product from concept to market having held numerous C-level management roles including CEO, President/COO, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Officer. Ms. Kimerling holds an MBA with Honors from the Anderson School at UCLA, an MA in Economics from Stanford University, and a BA with Honors in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania. Most recently she served as board chair for youth enrichment program, Impact-360 in Denver, and is also a founding board member of StreetSquash in New York City.


Michael Mielke, Director of Engineering, Lumentum, USA

Dr. Michael Mielke is Director of Engineering for Lumentum (NASDAQ: LITE), where he manages the company’s development of kilowatt class lasers for the global $2B laser cutting and welding market.  Previously, he was Program Manager for Micro Processing at TRUMPF and Chief Scientist at Raydiance.  Dr. Mielke has been awarded 19 U.S. and international patents, has published more than 20 refereed journal and proceedings articles, and has performed more than 50 technical presentations at major interdisciplinary conferences around the world.  In 2014, he was given the Professional Achievement Award from the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Mielke is Program Chair for CLEO Applications & Technology and Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.  He is a Senior Member of OSA and SPIE, and he has served on the program committees for Photonics West, ASSL, CLEO and ICALEO.  Dr. Mielke earned his BS in Physics from the University of Florida and his PhD in Optics from CREOL at the University of Central Florida.


Giacomo Vacca, President, Kinetic River Corp., USA

Giacomo Vacca earned physics degrees from Harvard University (BA/MA) and from Stanford University (PhD). For his dissertation, with Nobel Prize winner Bob Laughlin, he developed a novel ultrafast light scattering technique. He has set up whole laboratories from scratch, started and led development programs, generated intellectual property (42 patent applications, 22 awarded to date), led diverse interdisciplinary groups, and managed IP portfolios. At Abbott Labs, Dr. Vacca invented and developed Laser Rastering, a radically innovative concept in flow cytometry that yielded the fastest cell analysis rate in the world. A Senior Member of SPIE and of the Optical Society of America and past Abbott Research Fellow, Dr. Vacca founded and runs Kinetic River, a biophotonics design and product development company focusing on flow cytometry. In 2013 he also cofounded BeamWise, a provider of optical system design automation tools.

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