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Judges, Advisors, Supporters

SPIE Startup Challenge Judges

Our 2018 judges will be posted soon.

Meet Our 2017 Judges

Thank you to all of our volunteer judges, advisors, teachers, and supporters for generously lending time, energy, and expertise in support of optics and photonics entrepreneurship.

Finals Judges
Jason Eichenholz Jason Eichenholz, Open Photonics, Inc.
Marc Himel Marc Himel, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Andreas Popp Andreas Popp, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Jenny Rooke Jenny Rooke, 5 Prime Ventures
Samuel Sadoulet Samuel Sadoulet, Edmund Optics Inc.
Homan Yuen Homan Yuen, NewGen Capital

Semi-Final Judges
Faz Bashi Faz Bashi, Life Science Angels
William Burgess William Burgess, Power Technology, Inc.
Arun Chhabra Arun Chhabra, 8tree
Drew DeJarnette Drew DeJarnette, US Department of Energy
Carla Haugen Carla Haugen, Rocaton Investment Advisors
Angelique Irvin Angelique Irvin, Clear Align
Bruce Itchkawitz Bruce Itchkawitz, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP
Michael Mandella Michael Mandella, Stanford Univ.
Amit Mulgaonkar Amit Mulgaonkar, Mithril Capital
Jason Mulliner Jason Mulliner, Edmund Optics Inc.
Linda Smith Linda Smith, CERES Technology Advisors, Inc.
Mark Wippich Mark Wippich, LightWave Advisors, Inc.

Quarter-Final Judges
John Dexheimer John Dexheimer, LightWave Advisors
Thomas Dudley Thomas Dudley, Boston University
Sergey Egorov Sergey Egorov, Del Mar Photonics
Rebecca Fahrig Rebecca Fahrig, Siemens Healthineers
William Goodman William Goodman, Trex Enterprises
Marc Himel Marc Himel, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Bruce Itchkawitz Bruce Itchkawitz, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP
Leslie Kimerling Leslie Kimerling, Double Helix LLC
Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy, Shasta Crystals
Jenny Rooke Jenny Rooke, 5 Prime Ventures
Jeff Sercel Jeff Sercel, JPSercel TBC LLC
Hariharan Subramanian Hariharan Subramanian, Northwestern University
Babak Tehranchi Babak Tehranchi, Perkins Coie LLP
Matthias Wagner Matthias Wagner, 1087systems
Henry Yaffe Henry Yaffe, New Ridge Technologies, LLC

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