Originally posted by serigado
is is a specialization, or PhD?
Just a technician, helped build a photonics development lab from a bare concrete floor, and a cleanroom, designed several pieces of gear used in the lab, built the infrastructure and maintained the equipment like a reactive ion beam etcher, chemical Vapor Deposition machines,
floating optical benches, redesigned power supplies that were no longer manufactured, designed and built a high voltage high power supply by hand for a gold deposition project, designed and built a millivolt referance supply used to calibrate a thermocouple probe, designed and built an objective lens with zoom capability for an optical comparator we bought used but was missing the objective lens.
That and more. Our company, Inplane Photonics, was bought out by Cyoptics and I talked to the CEO about going to work there instead of Inplane, because while it was a great job, you can see that from my accomplishments there, the commute was killing me plus Inplane was on hard times and I went from 63,000 a year to about 40K losing benefits and going down to 2 days a week work, all that for a 160 mile daily commute. So the CEO talked to his managers and they found me a job at the Brieningsville Pa plant, the same place I used to work 10 years ago for Lucent which sold the place off, so now I am back at my old location with a 20 mile drive instead, in a position in final test of a 40 Gigahertz laser modulator, which has some extremely sophisticated tests, sending the laser signal down 90 Kilometers of optical fiber wrapped around a drum to measure how much data is lost going through that much fiber, that is only one of the tests, its a very demanding position, so much to learn in such a short time, I already have filled three notebooks full of proceedures and such, setups of the test set, very complicated stuff indeed. Very 21st century. So thats the 50 cent tour of my life in photonics for the past 10 years.