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CEO and Founder of Mesa PhotonicsDr. Kane developed the FROG Scan product line and is the co-inventor of Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG), the most used technique for measuring ultrafast laser pulses. He has invented several techniques in spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, and ultrafast laser pulse measurement and holds 11 patents and has one pending. He is the sole inventor of real-time measurement of ultrafast laser pulses using FROG and has patents on this technology (US# 7,130,052 and 8,068,230).

He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Physics from Montana State University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratories (Group CLS-4), and spent 17 years at Southwest Sciences. Dr. Kane is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the recipient of SPIE’s Harold E. Edgerton award in 2011.

Daniel J. Kane, Ph.D.
President of Mesa PhotonicsDr. Bomse joined Mesa Photonics as President in 2009. He is also in charge of developing products based on optical spectroscopy for use in gas sensing and mid-infrared laser characterization. David has over twenty years experience developing trace gas detection technology based on diode lasers. Many of his innovations are based on adapting new components that were engineered for telecommunications for optical spectroscopy. This approach has proven to be an efficient and inexpensive route to gas sensing technology.

David holds a Ph.D. from Caltech, as well as a Masters from the University of Cambridge (England), and a Sc.B. degree with honors from Brown University; all are in chemistry. He was a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, worked for six years in Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratory and spent 21 years with Southwest Sciences before moving to Mesa Photonics.

David S. Bomse, Ph.D.
 Andrei B. Vakhtin, Ph.D.

Dr. Vakhtin joined Mesa Photonics in 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in gas-phase chemical kinetics, laser spectroscopy, laser-based sensors for trace gas monitoring, optical imaging methods for aerosol characterization, Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass-spectrometry, spectral interferometry and low-coherence imaging techniques for biomedical and material science applications.

He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, Russia) and M.S. in Chemistry (Novosibirsk State University, Russia). He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (Tsukuba, Japan) and at JILA (Univ. of Colorado and NIST, Boulder, CO), and spent 12 years working at R&D companies Southwest Sciences and Vista Photonics.

Andrei B. Vakhtin, Ph.D.
Operations ManagerUpon graduating with a BS degree in Physics from Virginia Tech, Caterina Vidoli began her professional career as a Research Assistant at HY-Tech Research Corp. in Radford, VA. There she worked on SBIR and STTR funded Pulsed Power research, including developing an innovative Inverse Pinch for Plasma Opening Switches, and designing and implementing optical diagnostic techniques for measuring plasma properties.

After moving to New Mexico, she joined APJeT, a start-up company in Santa Fe that developed an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma source originally designed for wafer etching. Caterina, alongside engineers and scientists, transformed the plasma source into a functional prototype for surface modification of large flexible substrates, such as textiles.

In 2007 Caterina joined VeraLight where she was involved with the engineering and production efforts in realizing SCOUT, the first noninvasive Type 2 diabetes screening device.

CaterinaCatarina Vidoli
Research EngineerMark carried a childhood love of all things electronic and electro-mechanical into a thirty-plus year career in product design engineering.  Though skilled in embedded programming (various assembly languages, through C) and digital design (including Verilog logic synthesis), his greatest joy is pushing the limits of what can be realized in circuit design–especially low noise/high speed analog, mixed signal and high power.

One career highlight was designing a high dynamic range optical coherence tomography signal chain; from its ultra-low noise 76-channel parallel photo-diode array input, through analog signal conditioning, 24 bit conversion, a digital lock-in amplifier implemented in an FPGA, to a video-speed host interface. For a compact time of flight mass spectrometer, he designed a programmable high-voltage power supply with sub-20 nanosecond switching between pairs of high-voltages.

Mark J Medrud
Chief Administrative Officer & Controller of Mesa PhotonicsSuzanne has had a varied administrative career, working in the diplomatic, banking, medical, scientific, non-profit, and recreational fields, as well as owning her own business. She holds a BA in history from George Mason University, and has continued her education in the fields of library & information sciences, media design, and accounting.

Suzanne Garney
Operations Technician of Mesa PhotonicsMario received a BA in Contemporary Music from the College of Santa Fe with Honors. His manufacturing/laboratory background began at QTL Biosystems where he learned the basis of quality lab practices and utilizing SOP’s for training and continuity among products. He further developed his use and implementation of SOP’s at Esoterix Genetics. He was one of the leads involved with implementing the Beckman Automate 2500 into the lab workflow. He is happy to be a part of the Mesa Photonics team.

Mario J. Montoya