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Expert in Electro-Optic Systems, Laser Communications, Optical Communications, Optical Systems, Systems Engine

Expert ID: 107917 California, USA

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Expert is a pioneer in the filed of terrestrial and satellite laser communications, with two books and several book chapters in the field


Expert has over 30 years of extensive hands-on experience in electro-optic hardware development and systems engineering. His major area of concentration is free-space laser communications, laser radar, laser ranging, laser remote sensing, laser beam acquisition, tracking, and pointing. He pioneered the early development of diode-pumped solid state laser advancing the state of the art in this field. He is also
experienced with fiberoptic systems including transmitters and receivers, fiber lasers, and particularly flight qualification and reliability of lasers and electro-optic system for use in spacecarft. He is the author of two books on laser communications, published over 160 papers, and a Fellow of the SPIE society.

Free-space laser communication is one of Expert's primary fields of research in recent years. He has designed a variety of systems for very long distance optical (laser) communication through space.



Expert has extensive experience in applications of infrared detectors (1-4mm) and CCD (0.2-2mm) detection. He is knowledgeable of a variety of infrared detectors, including the construction, testing, and application. The wavelengths range from 1 micron to several millimeters.


Expert has been involved in the construction of a number of different fiber-optic sensors and fiberoptic imaging and display systems.

Expert has thorough familiarity with all types of semiconductor lasers including single frequency and diode-laser-arrays. He is also adept with fiber pigtailing, operation, modulation, testing, and a variety of laser applications. His current focus of research involves frequency doubling of diode lasers and applications for pumping solid-state lasers.


Expert has experience with design and construction of a variety of solid-state lasers. He is particularly interested in diode-pumped solid-state lasers, both end-pumped and side-pumped.


Expert has designed a variety of optical systems for diverse applications and capable of ray-tracing and performance prediction and evaluation. He has designed optical systems for harsh environments and spaceborne applications.

Expert has designed a variety of electro-optical systems including both electronic drivers as well as the custom design of electro-optical instruments. He is thoroughly familiar with the construction of opto-electronic components.

Laser communications for long range telecommunicationsis a major area of concentration f who has written two books on this field.

Currently consulting with a major developer of Integarted Optic modules (in West Los Angeles area) by perfoming optical design.Currently consulting with a developer of deep ultra-violet laser manufacturer (in Covina California) by designing miniature diode-pumped solid-state lasers.For a company in Valencia, California, developed ultraviolet diode-pumped laser systems (under contract to his small company: Lasers1, Inc.) to replace the costly lasers that were being manufactured for the customer's line of 3D SLM rapid prototyping instruments.Over nearly 13 years, for a fiberoptic telecom company in West Hills California, developed fiberoptic packages to add to their line of fiberoptic transmitters, designed semiconductor optical amplifiers, and laser communications systems for building-to-building communications.For a a period of about 12 years, for a laser remote sensing company in New Mexico designed and developed a variety of electro-optic systems, and unique laser systems.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Bakersfield, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Oxnard, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Physics Institution: Colorado University
Year: 1976 Degree: M.S. Subject: Physics Institution: University of Southern California
Year: 1974 Degree: B.S. Subject: Physics Institution: National University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Engineering, telecomm Infrastructure Department: Connectivity Lab. Responsibilities: Provide Internet infrastructure globally
Years: 1996 to 2014 Employer: NASA/Caltech/JPL Title: Principal Staff Department: Spacecarft Communications Responsibilities: Head of 25 person group developing satellite laser (optical) communications
Years: 1983 to 1986 Employer: Allied corporation Title: Senior Staff Department: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Responsibilities: COPBE spacecrfat cognizant engineer, telecomm engineer
Years: 1981 to 1983 Employer: NIST/Colorado U Title: Post Doctoral Research Associate Department: Time & Frequency Responsibilities: Expert did research on atomic clocks and laser spectroscopy.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a Fellow of the OSA (Optical Society of America) and Fellow of SPIE Society of Optical Engineers, and Senior Member of IEEE Society.
Professional Appointments
Chair of a IEEE Conference (ICSOS) and a SPIE Conference (Photonics West - Free Space Laser Communications).
Awards / Recognition
He has 36 NASA certificates of recognition.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 200 publications and seven patents.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert teaches short courses on Satellite Laser Communications at the UCLA Extension, and for Advanced Technology Institute (ATI). He also teaches graduate-level classes on laser communications and fiberoptic communications at Cal State University, Los Angeles.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of: lasers, optical detectors, infrared detectors, non-linear optical crystals, sensors, and optical communication devices.

He has access to print materials and personal contacts.
Other Relevant Experience
Major proposal preparation and major project management.

Fields of Expertise

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