Staff

Our optical engineering staff is not large, but it is talented.  We expect to add staff in mechanical design and quality assurance over the next few years.

Optical Engineering Staff - Steve EckhardtSteve Eckhardt, President
  • 30 years of experience in optical engineering
  • PhD in Optics from University of Arizona
  • Experience designing single element lenses to multi-element zoom lenses, in wavelengths from the deep UV to the thermal IR.
  • Applications including Inspection, wide angleand panoramic photography, augmented reality, 3D printing, projection and laser marking.
  • Test instruments for retroreflectivity, polarization, high illuminance weathering (life testing), robotic assembly, etc.
  • Illumination systems for projectors and stage lighting
  • 22 issued patents and more pending
  • Read some of his reminisces.
Matt Johantgen, Optical Engineer
  • 7 years experience in optical design and manufacturing
  • BS in Physics from University of Minnesota – Morris
  • Experience in design of high end custom microscopes
  • Applications including forensic microscopy, fluorescence imaging, infrared imaging, and polarization.
  • Familiar with optical-mechanical design and integration, software integration and development, electrical integration, and product testing.
Andrew Eckhardt, Marketer
  • Three years experience in marketing
  • Two years experience with lens assembly and troubleshooting

 

Not shown are the many part-time and contract employees without whose contributions this company could not exist. They do tasks such as optical design, mechanical design, electronics design, programming, marketing and system testing.

  • Optical Engineer: Dave Stotzmann
  • Electronics Engineer: James Kennedy, Jason Wagar
  • Mechanical Designers: Bill Haushalter
  • Technicians: Josiah Smith

Their contributions are greatly appreciated.

Career Opportunities

Please check our careers page for more information on joining our team.