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Expert in Photonics, Fiber Optics, Laser Micromachining, SEM analysis, DWDM, Applied Optics

Expert ID: 723677 Michigan, USA

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His area of expertise is design, modeling, characterization and development of photonic (fiber optic/optoelectronic/electro-optic) components and devices. His experience (50% industrial, 50% academic) includes 10 years in photonics, working with various technologies (glass fibers, InP, silica on silicon, ion exchange, laser micromachining etc.) and devices (lasers, DWDM components, modulators, SOAs, sensors, etc.) for telecom and non-telecom applications. He also has extensive experience in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analysis of various materials. He has done numerous SEM and ESEM analysis projects and worked with conductive, non-conductive, biological, medical, semiconductor, polymer and other materials.

March 2004 – Present Translume Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
Consultant
Design and characterization of integrated photonic devices.
BPM modeling.
Mechanical stress modeling.
SEM and AFM analysis.
CO2 laser material processing.
August 2009 - Present Arbor Photonics, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI
Consultant (Sr. Optical Engineer)
Design and modeling of specialty fibers and fiber lasers
November 2007 – Present IA, Inc./ Three Fold Sensors Ann Arbor, MI
Consultant & Technical Advisor (Sr. Optical Engineer)
Design and development of bio-medical fiber optic sensors.
Optical system design and optimization, fiber coupling modeling, lens design, tolerance analysis.
Prototype development and characterization.
April 2008 – December 2008 GE Analytical Instruments Boulder, CO
Consultant (Sr. Optical Engineer)
Design and development of optical water sensors.
Lens design, optical system design and optimization, tolerance analysis.
Prototype development and characterization.
May 2007 – April 2008 Sensicore, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI
Consultant & Technical Advisor (Sr. Optical Engineer)
Design and development of optical sensors.
Lens design, optical system design and optimization, tolerance analysis.
Prototype development and characterization.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Grand Rapids, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Dearborn, Michigan - Toledo, Ohio

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2000 Degree: PhD Subject: Physics (Photonics and Fiber Optics) Institution: The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Year: 1996 Degree: MS Subject: Electronics and RF Physics Institution: Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant (Sr. Optical Design Engineer) Department: Responsibilities: Design and modeling of specialty fibers and fiber
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant (Sr. Optical Engineer) Department: Responsibilities: Design and development of bio-medical fiber optic sensors.
? Optical system design and optimization, fiber coupling modeling, lens design, tolerance analysis.
Prototype development and characterization.
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Assoc. Prof. of Applied Physics; Director of ESEM Laboratory Department: Science and Mathematics Responsibilities: He is performing research in the areas of design, fabrication and characterization of integrated photonic devices; modeling and optical characterization of diffusion.
He is teaching photonics, fiber optics and general physics.
He is managing Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM) Laboratory.
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant (Sr. Optical Engineer) Department: Responsibilities: Design and characterization of integrated photonic devices.
BPM modeling.
Mechanical stress modeling.
SEM and AFM analysis.
CO2 laser material processing.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Employer: GE Title: Consultant (Sr. Optical Engineer) Department: GE Analitical Instruments Responsibilities: Design and development of optical water sensors.
Lens design, optical system design and optimization, tolerance analysis.
Prototype development and characterization.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Investment Management Group of Bank One Title: Senior Investment Analyst Department: IMG, Performance Management Responsibilities: Worked on design, development and implementation of the investment performance system.
Performed Investment Analysis.
Consulted fund, portfolio and relationship managers.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: Qusion Technologies, Inc. Title: Member of Technical Staff (Sr. Optical Design Engineer) Department: Responsibilities: Designed and modeled InP based integrated optoelectronic waveguide devices.
Designed 10 Gb/s Electro Absorption Modulators, MZI modulators, SOAs, splitters, mode converters etc. Designed Multiple Quantum Well Epitaxial stacks, performed modeling of optoelectronic effects and BPM optical modeling.
Designed and implemented optical test setups and experiments.
Designed and built “from ground zero” optical setups for measuring insertion/coupling/propagation loss, chirp, polarization sensitivity, reflectivity, extinction ratio, saturation, gain, optical mode profiles etc. Developed and built a setup and procedures for coupling of lens-tip fibers to the waveguide structures. Worked with outside vendors on development of specialty lens-tip fibers to match the optical mode of Electro Absorption Modulators.
Characterized prototypes and analyzed results.
Performed 0-100 km fiber link measurements of EAM performance, analyzed 10 Gb/s eye diagrams and characterized SOAs, semiconductor lasers, EDFAs, InP based straight, curved and tapered waveguide structures, y-couplers and Mach-Zender structures.
Developed criteria for assembly and packaging.
Developed techniques for fiber attachment and packaging of EAMs. Performed tolerance analysis.
Performed technology assessment for monolithic and hybrid integration approaches.
Interfaced with strategic partners and customers.
Published/presented scientific findings, prepared invention disclosures/patents.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Cirrex Corp. Title: Optical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Designed and modeled DWDM integrated optical waveguide devices.
Designed Optical Add Drop Multiplexers and External Cavity Lasers. Performed BPM modeling. Designed waveguide Bragg gratings, splitters and couplers.
Designed and implemented test setups and experiments. Led characterization of prototypes and analyzed results.
Designed and built optical setups for measuring insertion/coupling/propagation loss, polarization sensitivity and optical mode profiles.
Developed criteria for automated assembly and passive alignment of integrated optical circuits.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to 2006 Agency: Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Role: Principal Investigator Description: He worked on writing the grant proposal. After the proposal was funded served, as principal investigator and project leader, at Kettering University he was responsible for project management, experiment design, optical and ESEM surface analysis, optical modeling, coordination of work with Beholztech, Inc.
Years: 2004 to Present Agency: Department of Defense (DOD) Role: Co-Investigator Description: His role is design and implementation of experiments for optical analysis of diffusion of chemical agents into the porous media. He has also done contact angle measurements and mathematical modeling.
Years: 2008 to 2009 Agency: NIST Role: Principal Investigator Description: "Low-Loss in-Fiber Fabry Perot 860 nm Optical Filter. "
Years: 2008 to 2009 Agency: US Army Role: Principal Investigator Description: "Development of Super Hardened, EMI and Vibration Immune Chemical Biological FTIR Sensor".

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1996 Country / Region: Ukraine (former Soviet Union) Summary: April 1995- August 1996 Utel Telecom Kiev, Ukraine
(A National Ukrainian-American-Dutch-German Joint Stock Telecommunication Company).
Quality/Implementation Manager
Developed and implemented unique technical solutions for customers.
Interfaced with strategic partners and customers.
Consulted sales team on technical issues.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Optical Society of America (OSA), Materials Research Society (MRS) and The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Sigma Xi Research Society
Awards / Recognition
Kettering University 2009 Outstanding Applied Research Award for Contributions in Photonics and Integrated Optics
Kern-Kettering Entrepreneurship Fellow 2009
Kettering University 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award
Kettering University 2006 Outstanding Researcher Award for Contributions in Photonics
1998 Robert and Noreen Stollberg Outstanding Teaching Award
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 30 peer reviewed and invited publications and presentations in photonics and applied optics

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Multiple times performed Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis for law firms. Wrote expert testimonies. Did not testify in court.
Training / Seminars
Due to the current nature of employment (University Prof.) he has developed multiple courses and seminars including courses and seminars for industrial customers (i.e. Continuing Education classes for engineers)
Vendor Selection
Working for Cirrex Corp., Qusion Technologies and Kettering University, he was/is directly responsibe for locating and dealing with equipment and service vendors in his area of expertise.
Marketing Experience
Marketing experience is limited to promoting ESEM laboratory to external customers.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Russian Fluent (Native)
Ukrainian Fluent (Native)

Fields of Expertise

acceptance angle, environmental scanning electron microscopy, fiber optics, fiber-chip coupling, fiber-optic component, fiber-optic component product design, fiber-optic component product development, graded-index fiber, guided wave, infrared fiber optics, integrated optics, laser ablation, laser materials processing, microstructure analysis, nondestructive testing, optics, photonics technology, scanning electron microscopy, laser micromachining, dense wavelength division multiplexing, photonic design, light transmission, fiber laser, fiber-optic adhesion, fiber-optic transmitter, Faraday rotator, fusion splicing, scanning electron microscope, laser focusing, fiber-optic connector, laser diode modulation, amplified spontaneous emission, Airy disk, aiming beam, absolute refractive index, beam optics, laser beam, brightness, Brewster's angle, Brewster angle window, binocular magnifier, fiber-optic communication network, ablation threshold, laser metal processing, fiber optic cleaving, fiber-optic grinding, fiber-optic polishing, SEM analysis sample preparation equipment, laser cavity, Faraday effect, coherent radiation, Fresnel diffraction, Fraunhofer diffraction, laser optics, laser operation, laser fabrication, laser engraving, laser safety, medical fiber optics, semiconductor material characterization, optoelectronic circuit, semiconductor laser, thin-film optics, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, electrooptics, laser optical material, optical characterization, laser measurement, continuous wave laser, particle-size measurement, data communication, infrared radiation energy, electromagnetic radiation, laser marking, semiconductor device analysis, microscope, optical microscopy, microscopy, tunable laser, polymer material analysis, polymer characterization, optoelectronics science, optical sensor, optical microscope, non-linear optics, microcracking, laser, laser cutting, integrated optoelectronics science, infrared laser, infrared communication, geometrical optics, gas laser, optical fiber sensor, electron microscope, chemical analysis, amplifier

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