Shaping the Future with Photonics and Advanced Materials
From the invention of lasers in 1960, advances in materials and high-energy optical coatings have enabled a continuous stream of performance improvements. This progress has brought lasers to the forefront of metrology and manufacturing, and enabled processing of ever-more advanced materials such as diamond and silicon carbide. This trend continues as photonics takes center stage in the defining technology shifts of our era, from 3D sensing to laser additive manufacturing, EUV systems, and beyond. We will examine the megatrends driving these changes and what the future holds for them.
About the Speaker
Steve Rummel is the Senior Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit for II-VI Incorporated. Steve’s business unit drives innovation in laser technology for a wide range of applications, including in advanced manufacturing. As Senior VP, he oversees five divisions representing a broad range of materials and products: IR Optics, M Cubed, Marlow, Pacific Rare Metals, and Aerospace & Defense. Prior to being named Senior VP, he was Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit (2019), Vice President of the IR Optics Division (2016), and Vice President of Product Technology and Quality (2014). Steve joined II-VI in 1988 in engineering and has more than 32 years of materials and optics experience, collaborating with customer R&D and manufacturing teams to provide optical solutions for challenging laser development and application problems.
Steve holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a BSEE degree from Grove City College. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, working closely with customers on optical product development and improvements for lasers and laser systems. Steve has authored and presented papers on materials for optical applications in the infrared and near-infrared. His work with advanced materials spans his entire 32-year career with II-VI.