The clear practical emphasis has never left me. One of the reasons that I wrote
Building Electro-Optical Systems was to help people to build
better products and apparatus while staying out of all the potholes
in the road, and that's why I love consulting as well.
I do design consultation, expert witness work
(testifying and consulting in patent and trade secret cases),
contract design engineering, debug, and system bring-up tasks, as
well as training in ultrasensitive detection methods and front end
design. I hold
43 US patents
and several foreign ones, and am thoroughly familiar with the patent
process, both in prosecution (i.e. obtaining a patent) and
litigation. Some of my earlier research and development projects
appear below, and there's also a
list of recent projects for clients.
I'm expert in the design, debug, and refinement of electrooptical
and mixed-technology systems. I'm also a leading designer of
ultrasensitive optoelectronics and other low noise analog circuitry.
Many of my designs have improved the state of the art by orders of
magnitude in performance, in cost, or both (see below). I've done
groundbreaking work in thermal infrared imaging, in situ
particle detection, computer input devices, simulation software,
spectroscopy, atomic and magnetic force microscopy, solid immersion
microscopy, heterodyne interferometry, trace metal detection,
photolithography, laser scanning, plasmonics, and silicon photonics.
I also have expertise in downhole instruments (especially stabilized
lasers), disk drives, inspection systems, and
semiconductor processing. There's more detail in my resume,
as well as on the patents page, the recent work page and in the
papers linked below.
On the design side, our customers to date are a mix of start-ups and
larger companies, including some of the largest companies in the
electronics, defense, oil-field services, and semiconductor
equipment industries. We've worked as subcontractor or consultant
on four defense contracts, for DARPA, the Office of Naval Research,
and the Army. Our recent work
page has some more details, but of course NDAs and other
contractual obligations limit how much we can say about most of
them. We're also introducing electro-optical instruments in
cooperation with Highland Technology, a cutting-edge instruments
company in California. On the
intellectual property side, I'm a
testifying expert witness in both patent infringement and trade secret
misappropriation cases, with experience doing depositions, declarations, and
expert reports, in both claim construction through validity or invalidity and
infringement or noninfringement.
EOI is well-equipped for
design, prototyping, and testing of optical, electronic, and
mixed-technology systems of many kinds. If you have a tough
technical problem and need the right solution fast, give me a buzz
at the lab, 914-236-3005 (9-6 Eastern time, preferably). As always, the
first hour or two is free, so if you'd like to discuss your application, you're invited to call,
tell a colleague. I'm always interested to hear
what folks are working on.