• Technical Conference:  5 – 10 May 2019
  • Exhibition: 7 – 9 May 2019

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Event: Executive Biographies

Participating Executives


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

Henry C. Kapteyn is co-founder of KMLabs Inc and Co-Chairman of the board. Henry is well-established as a leading researcher in the area of ultrafast optical science, and is Professor of Physics and a fellow of JILA, a joint NIST/University institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a BS from Harvey Mudd College in 1982, an MS from Princeton University in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He and his wife and long-term collaborator, Margaret Murnane, are well known for their research in femtosecond lasers, and for understanding how to coherently upconvert this light to make a “tabletop x-ray laser” that they have applied to pioneering studies of material behavior at short length- and time-scales. He has published more than 200 papers (h-index 88), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His awards include the Adolph Lomb Medal of the OSA in 1993, the Ahmed Zewail Award of the ACS in 2009, the R.W. Wood Prize of the OSA in 2010, the Arthur Schawlow Prize of the APS in 2010, the Willis Lamb Award in Quantum Electronics in 2012, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences

KMLabs is a leading manufacturer of compact, high-performance, advanced ultrafast laser systems for research and industrial applications, including multiphoton imaging, spectroscopy, coherent soft X-ray and EUV femtosecond-to-attosecond pulse generation. Our laser systems offer unprecedented power, stability, and control, creating new possibilities for fundamental research, industrial metrology, imaging, and materials characterization.

 Anjul LoiaconoAnjul Loiacono, Business Development and Strategic Marketing Manager, THORLABS, Inc. , USA

Dr. Loiacono manages the Strategic Marketing department at Thorlabs in Newton, NJ. In this role, she is responsible for acquisitions, partnerships, tradeshows, marketing, and sales and industry analysis. Anjul proudly claims that she “has the most uniquely interesting job” based on her responsibility to build and maintain relationships between Thorlabs, a large, privately owned global manufacturing company, and the photonics industry. Prior to joining Thorlabs, Anjul grew up in Nebraska then studied Biomedical Engineering with a specialty in Biomedical Optics at Vanderbilt University (Bachelors), University of Rochester (Masters), and Duke University (Ph.D). Outside of Thorlabs, Anjul stays busy raising three children and a lovable pit bull with a viscously happy tail. She enjoys biking, travelling, cooking (and eating), board and card games, watching sports, and art.

Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 in Newton, New Jersey to serve the laser and electro-optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies to play an increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. With 22 locations world-wide, Thorlabs’ highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of laser diodes, optical amplifiers, lithium niobate modulators, quantum cascade/interband cascade lasers, and VCSEL lasers; fiber towers for drawing both silica and fluoride glass optical fibers; MBE/MOCVD epitaxial wafer growth reactors; extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities; advanced thin film deposition capabilities; and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.

  Don McDaniel Don McDaniel, VP of Research & Development , Energetiq Technology, USA

Don has 30 years of experience in the photonics industry spanning a wide range of technical and commercial roles in academia, government, and industry. His technical experience covers the gamut from optical materials research, through device development and on to systems research and product development. His commercial roles have included product management, market management, business development and strategy. The common theme in all these roles has been a push to develop or combine technologies to create first-of-a-kind products to satisfy a market need. While his core expertise is in the field of semiconductor laser materials and devices, through extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams he has developed breadth encompasing optical, mechanical, electronic, firmware and even cloud services.
Don has earned Ph.D, M.S, and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of New Mexico, Northeastern University, and Arizona State University, respectively.

Energetiq Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics, develops and manufactures ultra-bright broadband light sources for specialized metrology applications. These plasma sources offer an unmatched combination of radiance, stability, longevity and wavelength range. Laser-Driven Light Sources (LDLS™) including the EQ-99X and EQ-77 generate extremely bright light across the spectrum from 170nm - 2µm. Most recently Energetiq has developed advanced Laser-Driven Tunable Light Sources (LDTLS™) which allow for precise wavelength selection across this range. Energetiq also manufactures an EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) source platform uniquely suited for 13.5 nm semiconductor lithography exposure and inspection applications.


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