Our #1 job is to develop new capabilities and continuously improve our current processes. We also make sure that when new custom filter requests come in, we are putting the right rules on the specifications to ensure that the design is manufacturable. At Semrock, making a coating once is not good enough. We want to understand what our yield is going to be so that we can provide both security of supply and consistently high quality for our customers. We pride ourselves on not having to renegotiate specifications after manufacture. This is a company-wide philosophy that penetrates to the deepest levels – it’s part of the culture. All the players need to be dialed in to make that work, and my team of six engineers and technicians are a big part of that.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I graduated from the University of Rochester (UR) with a BS in Optics in the early 90’s, where I started working in coatings in my junior year. I was part of the optical manufacturing group for the UR laser lab – a training ground for a lot of students. It’s a coating manufacturing group that supports the needs of laser experiments at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. In fact, I worked at UR for 4 years after getting my degree, then moved on to Bausch & Lomb, where I did coatings for industrial optics and lighting.