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Judges, Advisors, Supporters

SPIE Startup Challenge Judges

Meet Our 2018 Judges

Thank you to all of our volunteer judges, advisors, teachers, and supporters for generously lending time, energy, and expertise in support of optics and photonics entrepreneurship.


Finals Judges
Jason Eichenholz Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, Inc.
Marc Himel Marc Himel, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Andreas Popp Andreas Popp, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Sujatha Ramanujan Sujatha Ramanujan, High Tech Rochester Inc.; Luminate 
Jenny Rooke Jenny Rooke, 5 Prime Ventures
Samuel Sadoulet Samuel Sadoulet, Edmund Optics Inc.
Darius Sankey Darius Sankey, Innovation Acceleration Capital
Homan Yuen Homan Yuen, NewGen Capital

Semi-Final Judges
Faz Bashi Faz Bashi, Life Science Angels
Peter Fendel Peter Fendel, Thorlabs, Inc.
Katie Gray Katie Gray, In-Q-Tel
Greg Hollows Greg Hollows, Edmund Optics Inc.
Frank Levinson Frank Levinson, Small World Group
Robert Mandra Robert Mandra, RSM Advisors, LLC.
Eric Mottay Eric Mottay, Amplitude Systemes
Amit Mulgaonkar Amit Mulgaonkar, Mithril Capital
Sam Rubin Sam Rubin, Thorlabs, Inc.
Linda Smith Linda Smith, CERES Technology Advisors, Inc.
Michael Wiemer Michael Wiemer, Solar Junction
Mark Wippich Mark Wippich, LightWave Advisors, Inc.

Pre-Event Judges
Lynore Abbott Lynore Abbott, Logical Marketing LLC
Robert Bernath Robert Bernath, CREOL, University of Central Florida
William Burgess William Burgess, Power Technology, Inc.
John Dexheimer John Dexheimer, LightWave Advisors
Thomas Dudley Thomas Dudley, Boston University
William Goodman William Goodman, Trex Enterprises
Carla Haugen Carla Haugen, Rocaton Investment Advisors
Bruce Itchkawitz Bruce Itchkawitz, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP
Jeff Sercel Jeff Sercel, JPSercel TBC LLC
Hariharan Subramanian Hariharan Subramanian, Northwestern University
Babak Tehranchi Babak Tehranchi, Perkins Coie LLP
Matthias Wagner Matthias Wagner, 1087systems

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