Dr. G. Michael Morris
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Morris is the CEO and founder of RPC Photonics. Michael is internationally recognized as a pioneer and expert in the design, fabrication and application of diffractive- and micro-optics components and subsystems. Prior to founding RPC Photonics, he was the CEO of Corning Rochester Photonics Corporation; CEO and Co-Founder of Rochester Photonics Corporation (RPC); and Professor of Optics at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He is a Past-President of the Optical Society of America (2003) and a Past Chairman of the Board of the OSA Foundation (2014). He is the recipient of the 1997 Rochester Chamber of Commerce Civic Award for Science and Technology; the 2002 Leo H. East Rochester Engineering of the Year Award; the 2005 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer/Robert M. Burley Prize; an Honorary Member of the OSA, Rochester Section; and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree with Special Distinction in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
As Controller of RPC Photonics, Lisa is responsible for all financial functions including accounting, financing and tax strategies, asset protection, and reporting procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements. In addition to her financial duties, Lisa also directs the activities of the administrative staff and is responsible for all human resources functions including payroll and benefit administration.
Prior to Lisa joining Rochester Photonics Corporation as Controller in 1996 before the Corning acquisition, she held accounting and operations management positions at large corporations that prepared her well for the diversity of responsibilities she holds today at RPC. In addition to financial reporting, responsibilities spanned contract negotiations and bid solicitations to budgets and cost analysis to labor scheduling and asset tracking.
Lisa holds B.S. in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and A.S. degrees from Monroe Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College in Accounting, Management and Marketing.
Dr. Tasso R. M. Sales
Chief Technology Officer
Tasso joined RPC Photonics in 1997 working on the design and modeling of diffractive optical elements. With a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from UFPE, Brazil, and a PhD in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, he was worked on a variety of topics ranging from statistical mechanics of complex systems to optical super-resolution through grating diffraction and optical diffusers, summarized in dozens of publications, patents, and conference presentations. Current activities include overseeing micro-optical design and fabrication efforts at RPC as well as working directly with customers to bring their projects and ideas from concept to reality.
Dr. Laura Weller-Brophy
Dr. Laura Weller-Brophy is the General Manager of RPC Photonics, focusing on the manufacture, commercialization and development of light management films, optical components, and optical beam shaping Engineered Diffusers™. Dr. Weller-Brophy has over 30 years development and management experience in the Telecom, Biomedical, Display, and Optics industries. Her expertise in technical leadership, strategy development, and IP management were built through her work at 3M, Corning, Inc., Eastman Kodak, FluoroLogic, Inc., and PureCap, LLC. Dr. Weller-Brophy is an active entrepreneur, having founded two start-ups prior to joining RPC Photonics, Inc. She holds over 30 US and international patents in Optics and other fields. Dr. Weller-Brophy earned the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Optical Engineering from The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and is a registered US patent agent.
Dr. Paul O. McLaughlin
Dr. McLaughlin is responsible for production, resource allocation and program management. Prior to joining RPC Photonics, he led Carestream Health’s Optical Diagnostics research program. Previously, he was the Director of Eastman Kodak’s Precision Manufacturing Process Center, responsible for manufacturing process development in optics, precision machining, micromachining, injection molding, and opto-mechanical system assembly and manufacturability. In the 1980’s, Dr. McLaughlin moved to Japan with his family where he was a Visiting Scientist at Keio University and, later, a staff researcher at Nippon Sheet Glass Company. Upon return to the U.S., he joined Sinclair Optics, Inc. where he held technical leadership positions in optical modeling software development and world-wide customer support. Dr. McLaughlin holds 7 Japanese patents and 15 U.S. patents. His Ph.D.degree is in Optics from the University of Rochester.