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  • Professional Enhancement Seminar

    Tue, Sep 08, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Milan L. Mashanovitch, CEO of Freedom Photonics LLC

    Talk Title: Starting Your Own Technology Company - A Photonics Perspective

    Abstract: In this presentation, followed by a Q&A session, we will discuss what is needed when starting up your own technology company in the United States. The presentation will review the startup ecosystem, societal economics, government support, small business programs, funding models, exit strategies, and more, through examples from the field of photonics.


    Biography: Dr. Milan Mashanovitch is the Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Photonics, a photonics company based in Santa Barbara, California.

    Dr. Mashanovitch co-founded Freedom Photonics in 2005, and has served as Director of Business Development from 2005-2010, General Manager from 2010-2016, and as CEO since 2016. In these different roles, he has helped grow the company to become a leader in innovative photonic components, with >50 employees, and >10 products, manufactured in Santa Barbara.

    Dr. Mashanovitch has 20 years of experience working in the field of photonics, spanning over design, fabrication, testing and packaging of photonic integrated circuits, combined with 10 years of management and business development experience.

    Prior to Freedom Photonics, Dr. Mashanovitch has worked at the University of California Santa Barbara as a Scientist, on photonic integrated circuits in Indium Phosphide, as well as an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate level classes on semiconductor lasers and photonic ICs.

    Dr. Mashanovitch has co-authored 160 papers, many invited, on photonic integrated circuits, semiconductor lasers and various photonic devices. He holds 9 patents, and has co-authored the second edition of the "Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits" textbook. He is very active in the photonics technical community, participating on technical committees of many conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Photonics Society.

    Dr. Mashanovitch holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95238378289?pwd=ZU1Ga2xqRk16anlmOENKU2ZjWmNLQT09

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cathy Huang

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