Dr. Loucas Tsakalakos

Individual Member | Director of Engineering at L3Harris Technologies
Tsakalakos, Loucas
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SPIE Membership: 3.4 years total | 3.4 years voting
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Area of Expertise: thin film engineering, nanomaterials & nanotechnology, heterogeneous integration, photonics, sensors, solar energy
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Heterogeneous integration of opto-electronic materials systems and devices for photonics/optics, electronic, sensing, quantum, and MEMS/microsystems applications, with a focus on thin films and nanotechnology, and deep application domain expertise. Established core capabilities and programs in MEMS, advanced sensing systems, nanowires/tubes, field emitters, nano-photovoltaics, optical coatings for solar energy, CdTe solar modules, fiber optics, integrated photonics, and quantum technologies.

Loucas Tsakalakos is a Director of Engineering in the Electro-Optical sector at L3Harris Technologies. He received his BS degree (1995) from Rutgers University, and his MS (1998) and PhD (2000) degrees in Materials Science & Engineering (with minors in Solid State Physics and Microelectromechanical Systems) from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Tsakalakos joined the General Electric Research Center in Niskayuna, NY in 2000, where he led programs in advanced sensor systems, nanotechnology, next generation solar technologies, and worked within GE Energy to develop solar energy products. Loucas was the Manager of the Photonics Lab (2012–2017), where he led a team of 20 PhD and MS level scientists and engineers developing technologies for data communications, sensing, and novel photonics applications. In 2018 he was appointed to the role of Business Program Manager, overseeing the R&D portfolio for the Energy-G&O and Transportation sectors. He also oversaw technology strategy and development in advanced photonics and quantum technologies, and also co-led an internal Sensor Synergy Council. Dr. Tsakalakos joined L3Harris in 2021 as a Senior Engineering Manager in the Space & Sensors division. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society), is the author or co-author of over 50 publications (over 100 total including GE internal reports), has given over 70 presentations at international conferences and workshops, and holds 19 U.S. patents.

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