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Defense & Security

Video: Angelique X. Irvin on leadership and innovation in the defense industry

Expertise in building and leading organizations has led to a string of successes and Irvin's status as an accomplished photonics entrepreneur.

5 July 2010, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201007.01

Angelique X. Irvin founded Clear Align, LLC (Eagleville, PA) and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President.

Clear Align designs, prototypes, and manufactures custom imaging, sensing, and fiber-optic systems for defense and aerospace customers. Clear Align's imaging expertise spans the UV, visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR portions of the spectrum, delivering both narrow- and wide wide-field-of-view systems. The company's fiber-optic and sensing expertise includes optical integration for communications, remote sensing and targeting, as well as for medical applications. Under Irvin's leadership, Clear Align has earned a multitude of growth and technology awards including the Inc. 500™, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™, and the SBA minority entrepreneur of the year award.

Prior to Clear Align, Angelique founded and built Coviant, a world-class electro-optics manufacturing company serving tier-one customers such as Intel, Unilever, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

She was responsible for a new product launch at AT&T Bell Laboratories where she led a team that built out optical assembly facilities and developed new markets for a $500 million product line. She has over 20 years of professional experience, focused on technology-driven businesses. She is a regular speaker and an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Wharton School and teaches others how to build technology companies. Irvin graduated with honors from Alfred University, with a bachelor's degree in Ceramic Engineering and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

Irvin serves on the board of directors of the Electro-Optics Alliance, a collaborative network of US-based industrial, academic, and government organizations. The EOA provides a link between research, development, and the commercialization needed to transfer DoD critical, electro-optics technology successfully to industry.