Alum Michelle Stock elected SPIE Fellow for development of the photonics industry

SPIE chose Stock for her achievements in business development and science policy

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ECE alumna Dr. Michelle Stock (BSE MSE PhD EE ’88 ’90 ’94) been elected Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, “for achievements in business development and science policy for the photonics industry.”

Dr. Stock leads Mi-Light, the Michigan Photonics Industry Cluster. Mi-Light serves as the focal point for the photonics industry in Michigan, bringing together professionals from companies, academia and organizations, dedicated to mutually supporting, promoting and growing Michigan’s photonics industry. As the first Chairperson of this new, all-volunteer trade association, she has had the opportunity to have an impact on the region’s economic development, to work with partners like SPIE on the National Photonics Initiative, and to bring people together to promote and grow photonics within and outside of Michigan.

She is also a consultant, drawing on her background in laser product development (as an engineer and a product manager), know-how in marketing and sales, and experience doing business development for small or start-up businesses in the ultrafast or fiber laser space.

Dr. Stock co-founded Arbor Photonics in 2007, and was Director of Business Development. Arbor Photonics developed high power, fiber laser solutions for advanced materials processing and defense applications. The company was acquired by nLIGHT in 2013. She is currently Director of Business Development for Norlase.

About SPIE Fellows

SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Fellows are members of distinction who have made considerable technical and scientific contributions in optics, photonics, optoelectronics, and imaging.

SPIE advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. The non-for-profit organization serves more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries.

February 14, 2017