Dunedin, Florida (May 15, 2006) - Dr. Abe Ghanbari has joined Ocean Optics as Vice President of Operations. This is a newly created position for the company, a global leader in optical sensing, display optics, and biophotonics technologies.
As VP of Operations, Ghanbari will be responsible for managing the company's engineering and manufacturing processes, developing new systems, and guiding the strategic growth of the company. The company's products are developed and manufactured at its facilities in Orlando, Largo, and Dunedin, Florida.
Ghanbari brings 20 years of experience in the electronics industry to Ocean Optics. He has led research and development and engineering teams in new product development and overseen production operations at Applied Materials (Santa Clara, Calif.), Sony (Orangeburg, N.Y.), and Dielectric Systems Inc. (Fremont, Calif.). During this time, he has worked with scientific and meteorological instruments, flat panel technologies, semiconductor processing, and data storage equipment. Ghanbari earned a PhD in Plasma Physics from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) and an MBA from Saint Mary's College (Moraga, Calif.).
"The addition of Abe to our senior management team is another step for us in the road to becoming a world-class player in the photonics and analytical instruments marketplace," commented Ocean Optics President, Mike Morris. "With his diverse technical background, we expect an injection of fresh ideas to improve our processes."
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics' line of spectrometers, chemical sensors, metrology instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics are used for diverse applications in medical and biological research, environmental monitoring, science education, and entertainment lighting and display. Ocean Optics is part of the Halma Group of safety and detection companies. For more information, phone 727-733-2447 or visit www.OceanOptics.com.
Lisa Wallner, Senior PR Specialist
Halma Holdings Inc, +1 513-326-8045