The 20th Australian Institute of Physics Congress co-located with the Australian Optical Society and Engineers Australia 37th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT).
The University of New South Wales
9-13 December 2012
Physics and Industry Day
Sunday December 9th, UNSW
Free for registrants of AIP/ACOFT Meeting
2 pm: Welcome by NSW government representative with Ben Eggleton (director of CUDOS, joint sponsor of the workshop).
2.15 pm: Dr Milton Chang, US based entrepreneur
Dr. Milton Chang is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Incubic Management LLC. He served as the President and CEO at New Focus, which he founded in 1990 and took public in 2000. Dr. Chang also took Newport Corporation public as its Chief Executive Officer in 1971. He also provided original seed capital to Uniphase (later JDS-Uniphase). Currently, Dr. Chang is a Director of MBio Diagnostics, and Aurrion, and spends time advising companies and mentoring entrepreneurs. He is the Chairman of Arcturus Engineering and Oepic. Dr. Chang currently also sits on the Boards of AviaraDx, Arcturus Bioscience Inc., Lightwave Electronics, OpVista, YesVideo, Rockwell Scientific, IRIDEX Corporation, Agility Communications, Inc., LightConnect, Inc. He is also a Member of Advisory Board at OCG Ventures LLC. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology, and a Member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. He served on the Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology of National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Chang is active in the technical and business community and has received a number of prestigious awards from professional societies. Dr. Chang is a Fellow of the IEEE, Optical Society of America and the Laser Institute of America, and the former President of IEEE LEOS and LIA. He is known for sharing his experience freely and writes monthly business columns for Laser Focus World and Photonics Spectra. Dr. Chang has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both the University of Illinois and Caltech and was recently elected an Overseer of the Huntington Library. Dr. Chang received a Ph.D. and M.S. degree, both in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois.
2.55 pm: Dr Simon Poole, Sydney based photonics entrepreneur
Dr. Simon Poole is an engineer/entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in photonics in research, academia and industry. He obtained his PhD from Southampton University in 1987 and was a member of the team that invented the Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) in 1985. In 1988 he moved to Australia and founded the Optical Fiber Technology Centre (OFTC) and subsequently Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre (APCRC) at the University of Sydney where he was director of the Sydney Node from 1991 to 1995. The APCRC grew to over 150 researchers and led to 15 start-ups which raised a total of over $250m in Venture Capital funding.
In 1995, Dr. Poole led the first spin-off company from the APCRC, Indx Pty Ltd which manufactured Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) for optical communications. Indx was acquired by Uniphase Corporation (now JDS Uniphase) for $US6m and subsequently grew to over 300 people with exports of over $100m pa. After leaving JDSUniphase in late 2000 he worked as a venture partner with KPLJ Ventures before co-founding Engana Pty Ltd in September 2001.
As Engana’s CEO Dr. Poole raised $13m in VC funding and oversaw the development and launch of Engana’s market-leading Dynamic Wavelength Processor line of Wavelength Selective Switches in early 2005. The company, now Finisar Australia, employs 280 people in Sydney and a similar number in China, with annual sales of Wavelength Selective Switches of >$100m pa.
In 2008, Dr. Poole started a new group within Finisar, the New Business Ventures Group, to generate new, high value added businesses using the principles of Open Innovation. The first business within this group was the highly successful WaveShaper range of Programmable Optical Processors which already has sales of over $6m pa.
Dr. Poole is a Fellow of the IEEE in 2001 and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).He has published over 150 refereed papers in journals and international conferences as well as filing 7 patents, including the initial patent on the EDFA.
3.20 pm: Prof John Harvey, NZ based entrepreneur and Physics Professor
John Harvey, Director
John Harvey is a professor of Physics at the University of Auckland, and he is an internationally-recognized scientist in the fields of physics and optical communications. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Southern Photonics, Ltd., an Auckland-based photonics company. Southern Photonics is the leading photonics technology company in New Zealand, specialising in Test and Measurement equipment in the fields of coherent modulation communication technologies and short laser pulse characterisation. Southern Photonics offers a complete range of equipment from signal generation to performance monitoring in these areas, and has recently developed strategic partnerships with a number of local and overseas companies.
John has received numerous professional honours during the course of his career. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Optical Society of America.
3.45 pm: Additional speaker to be confirmed.
4.10 pm: Audience questions and panel discussion, - on questions such as how to identify market opportunities, spinoffs vs technology licensing, importance of patenting, business plans and venture capital, mentoring, etc
5 pm - Welcome reception - further discussion and networking opportunities.