Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT)

Photonics Alumni Council for Technicans (PACT)

Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians Newsletter Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians - This could be you! 2015-2016 Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians Biographies Photonics (Light, Lasers and Optics) curriculum / teaching resources are available.

Events & Conferences

ACTE CareerTech Vision 2017
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on 12/06/2017 - 12/09/2017 All Day
SPIE Photonics West 2018
The Moscone Center on 01/27/2018 - 02/01/2018 All Day
AACC Workforce Development Institute 2018
Hilton New Orleans Riverside on 01/30/2018 - 02/02/2018 All Day
Innovations Conference 2018
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on 03/18/2018 - 03/21/2018 All Day
American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention 2018
Hilton Anatole on 04/28/2018 - 05/01/2018 All Day
ASEE Annual Conference 2018
Salt Palace Convention Center on 06/24/2018 - 06/27/2018 All Day
About the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT)

An organization of the Optics and Photonics College Network

In 2009, OP-TEC created the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT). The PACT is an organization of distinguished graduates who have received education/training in lasers, electro-optics, optics and/or photonics applications from two and four-year technical colleges. Graduates are nominated by current and former faculty who recognize their technical achievements and leadership abilities.

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Prospective Student Materials

Success Stories in Photonics Careers2015-2016 Inductees

In early 2009, The National Center for Optics and Photonics (OP-TEC), founded the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT). Faculty from technician education programs in the OP-TEC Photonics College Network nominate former students who were recognized for their technical achievements and leadership abilities. These candidates are asked to complete a questionnaire and submit a resume. Sixteen photonics technician graduates were selected for the 2009 class of PACT, five more were added in 2011 and thirteen more in 2013. This book presents the PACT members who were selected in 2015-16. Their profiles have been created to show the diversity, accomplishments and beneficial lives they enjoy.

2013 PACT Book 2015-2016 PACT Book View the PACT Newsletter

PACT High School Students Booklet Cover

High School Students — Find a Rewarding Career in Photonics

For high school students interested in careers in photonics

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Adult Learners Booklet Cover

Adult Learners — Upgrading Your Career

For career changers and non-traditional students interested in careers in photonics

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What is the purpose of the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT)?

The purpose of the PACT and its members is to:

  • Recognize excellence and success in photonics technicians.
  • Provide role models and mentors for photonics technician students and for high school students considering a career in photonics
  • Demonstrate diversity opportunities in photonics technician employment.
  • Provide examples of successful photonics technician career and education pathways.
  • Advise photonics technician students on how to be successful in school, why they should complete a degree or certificate, how to get a job after graduation and how to be successful at work.

PACT members will also:

  • Provide unique and valuable insight on the changing role of today’s photonics technicians in the workplace.
  • Advise OP-TEC and other educators on photonics technician curricula, teaching materials, skill standards and instructional strategies.
  • Advise OP-TEC of emerging applications in photonics, particularly in the area of expertise of the PACT member.
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Alumni Contributions and Involvement

PACT members have contributed advice for a series of OP-TEC publications for others considering a career and education in photonics.

How to Search For and Find Your First Job — Advice from Recent Photonics Grads

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How to Make Your First Year on the Job a Success — Advice from Recent Photonics Grads

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2009 | 2011 | 2013 | 2015-2016

OP-TEC has conducted a series of interviews with PACT members to learn why they chose to pursue a career and education in photonics and how their education and career choices have impacted their lives. We have compiled this information into short biographies for each PACT member. Some PACT members have also been featured in the OP-TEC Photonics Technician Career Videos series.

We invite you to view the list below of current PACT members. Click on the inductee’s photo or “Biography” link to learn more about the PACT member and to read their personal biography. Click on the “Video” link to view the PACT member’s video profile. You can also use the menu above to jump to inductees by year.

Please bookmark this page and check back often as we will be adding new biographies and materials in the near future!

2015-2016 PACT Inductees

Aaron Schwihofer

Aaron Schweihofer

Manufacturing Laser Technician
L-3 Insight Technology
Biography

Alex Voytik

Alex Voytik

Camera Systems Engineer
Aqueti, Inc
Biography

Brandon Hasley

Brandon Hasley

Laser Electro-Optics Technician
Akima Infrastructure
Biography

Carlos Salas

Carlos Salas

Process Technician
Phononic
Biography

Cassandra Durand

Cassandra Durand

Engineering Technician IV – Diagnostic Operator

Biography

Chris Baggett

Chris Bagget

Operator Level II
Northrop Grumman
Biography

Christopher Loehr

Chris Loehr

Slab Fabrication Operator
Northrop Grumman
Biography

Christopher Moulton

Chris Moulton

Applications Technician
IPG Photonics
Biography

Colt Dudley

Colt Dudley

Camera Systems Engineer
Aqueti, Inc
Biography

Daniel Henderson

Daniel Henderson

Laser Technician
Cutting Edge Electronics
Biography

David Aldrich

David Aldrich

Photonics Technician
Davidson Optronics
Biography

Jeremy Knoll

Jeremy Knoll

Laser Technician
MegaWatt Lasers Inc.
Biography

Justin Jenson

Justin Jensen

Project Engineer
Laser Components Pyro Group
Biography

Kevin Rodgers

Kevin Rodgers

President
of Precision Laser Specialist Inc.
Biography

Luka Papike

Luka Papike

Engineer Technician IV
Akima
Biography

Matthew Darden

Matthew Darden

Medical Laser Technician II
Lumenis
Biography

Max Schiller

Max Schiller

Optics Technician II
ABS Global
Biography

Ray Collins

Ray T. Collins Jr.

Principal Laser Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratory
Biography

Riley Guest

Riley Guest

Laser Techncian
Foro Energy
Biography

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Engineer Technician IV
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Biography

Stephan DiStefano

Stephen DiStefano

Engineer
BAE Systems
Biography

Trenton Northup

Trenton Northup

Laser Research Engineer Technician Level IV
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Biography

Turner Frederick

Turner Frederick

Team Lead Field Service Technician
NovaCentrix
Biography

Tyler Dumbacher

Tyler Dumbacher

Laser Technician
Akima
Biography

2013 PACT Inductees

Bill Holtkamp

Bill Holtkamp

Director of Sales
Coherent

Biography

David Olive

David Olive

Research and Development
Cree’s Durham Plant

Biography

Jared Mills

Jared Bruce Mills

Laser Optical Engineer Associate
University of Nebraska’s Lincoln Diocles Extreme Light Laboratory

Biography

Jason Troyano

Jason Troyano

MRI Maintenance
General Electric

Biography

Jessica Hudson

Jessica Hudson

Engineering Technican
Wasatch Photonics

Biography

Karen Diaz

Karen Diaz

Intern
at Photonics and Spectroscopy Lab, Duke University

Biography

Landon Greenfield

Landon Greenfield

Laser Field Service Engineer
MC Machinery Systems

Biography

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Senior National Sales Manager
ConBio

Biography

Paul Leach

Paul Leach

Co-Owner and Field Service Technician
Photonics Service Group, Inc

Biography

Peter Kazunas

Peter Kazunas

Research Engineering Intern
Penn State’s Electro-Optics Center

Biography

Ra'ef Mikhail

Ra’ef Mikhail

Research and Development Group at Edmund Optics


Biography

Scott Mettlen

Scott Mettlen

Fiber Laser Engineering Technician
at nLight Photonics

Biography

Tanner Rupe

Tanner Rupe

Manufacturing Engineering Associate
Exotic Electro-Optics

Biography

2011 PACT Inductees

Alex Dawson

Alex A. Dawson

Lasertech I
Preco, Inc

Biography

Derrick Thomann

Derrick Thomann


CVI Melles Griot

Biography

John A. Crawford

John A. Crawford

Optical Engineer
Primatec Advanced Ceramics

Biography

Larry Padavich

Larry Padavich Jr.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer
L3 Communications

Biography

Tanner Hutchings

Tanner C. Hutchings

Astro-Optician
Hampton Controls

Biography

2009 PACT Inductees

Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Territory Manager III
AlconLabs, Inc.

Biography
Video

Bruce Allen

Bruce Allen

Midwest Regional Sales Manager
Newport Corporation

Biography

Michael Bass

Michael Bass

Member of Technical Staff
Bright View Technologies

Biography

David Batsche

David Batsche

Process Technician
CREE, Inc.

Biography

Bruce Brinson, Ph.D.

Bruce Brinson, Ph.D.

Photonics and Nano-Engineering Consultant

Biography
Video

Darrell Hull, Ph.D.

Darrell Hull, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas

Biography

Reese Jernigan

Reese Jernigan

Laser Technician
Bright View Technologies

Biography

Colt Jesse

Colt Jesse

Optical Sensor Sciences Engineer
Infrared Associates, Inc.

Biography
Video

Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson

Senior Staff Engineer
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications

Biography

Lee L’Esperance

Lee L’Esperance

Senior Manager
Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Laboratories Division

Biography

Woodrow Morrison III

Woodrow Morrison III

Laser Tech II
Spectra-Physics

Biography

Christopher Pluemer

Christopher Pluemer

Laser Technician
Epilog Laser Company

Biography

Michelle Redish

Laser Technician II
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Biography

Ryan Renfrew

Field Service Engineer
Cymer, Inc.

Biography

Michael Smith, Jr.

Principal Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories

Biography

Terry Smith

Engineering Technician
Pentair Water

Biography

Midwest Photonics Education Center

Indian Hills Community College
626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Director
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: greg.kepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.midwestphotonics.org
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Dr. Chrys Panayiotou
Director
Office: 772-462-7621
E-mail: cpanayio@irsc.edu
Website: http://www.laser-tec.org
Specialization: Fiber Optics

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Texas State Technical College

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
Mr. John O. Pedrotti
Department Chair, Lasers & Nanotechnology
Office: 254-867-3173
E-mail: john.pedrotti@tstc.edu
Website:http://www.tstc.edu/programs/LaserElectroOpticsTechnology
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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Irvine Valley College / Advanced Technology and Education Park (IVC / ATEP)

15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, California 92782
Brian Monacelli
Office: 949-282-2706
E-mail: IVCphotonics@IVC.edu
Website: http://academics.ivc.edu/physci/photonics
Specialization: Photonics in Education/Training for Employed Technicians

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Camden County College

200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Dr. Fred Seeber
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Photonics
Office: 856-227-7200 (ext. 4475)
E-mail: fseeber@camdencc.edu
Website:http://www.camdencc.edu/academics/departments/photonics-laser-electro-optic-tech/

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New York Photonics

Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
Thomas Battley, Executive Director
1565 Jefferson Rd, #420
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: 585-329-4029
E-mail: tbattley@newyorkphotonics.org
Website – New York Photonics: www.newyorkphotonics.org

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New Mexico Optics Industry Association

Jim McNalley, Chairman
851 University Blvd., SE
Suite 203
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: 505-767-1200
E-mail: info@nmoia.org
Website: www.nmoptics.com

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Florida Photonics Cluster

Florida Photonics Cluster
James E. Pearson, Executive Director
12424 Research Parkway, Ste. 100
Orlando, Florida 32826
E-mail: jpearson@creol.ucf.edu
Website: www.floridaphotonicscluster.org

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Colorado Photonics Industry Association

Garry Gorsuch, Director
5733 Central Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone: 303-834-1022
E-mail: exec@coloradophotonics.org
Website: www.coloradophotonics.org

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Carolinas Photonics Consortium

Jeff Conley, Director
1754 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 101
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Phone: 864-325-4700
E-mail: jcon@charter.net
Website: www.carolinasphotonics.com

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Optics Valley

c/o Arizona Technology Council
John Dennis, Chair
9070 South Rita Road, #1550
Tucson, AZ 85747
E-mail: Chair@OpticsValleyAZ.org
Website: www.OpticsValleyAZ.org

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Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Department Chair, Industrial Technology
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: gkepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/laser.html
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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