When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 12:30 pm
Where: Elings Hall, Room 1601
Snacks & Coffee will be provided.
This presentation will focus on dissecting these less well-defined skills and activities required for startup business success. The presenter will attempt to do this through examples drawn from his own experience as a technical and business practitioner in large and small photonic companies over the past 38 years.
After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Daniel joined Standard Telecommunication Labs in England, where he was a member of the team that developed diode lasers for the first trans-Atlantic underwater fiber optic link (TAT- 8). He then joined Rockwell International, Richardson, TX, where he led the team that developed photonic components for some of the first commercial long haul fiber optic systems. This was followed by many years as VP of Engineering at Ortel Corporation, Alhambra, CA, where he led development of the first commercial CATV fiber-optic transmitters and RF fiber-optic links for antenna remoting. At Ortel, Daniel fell in love with the business of making small companies grow. He followed his years at Ortel with key roles at Agility Communications, Santa Barbara, CA and Aerius Photonics, Ventura, CA. At both companies, Daniel led the development of new applications for existing products, the introduction of new products and the identification of new business areas. These new areas of activity drove significant revenue at these companies.
Dr. Renner is currently Vice-President for Business Development at Freedom Photonics, Santa Barbara, CA, where he is responsible for the identification of new business areas, definition of new products and the successful introduction of these products into the market. Additionally, he supports Technology Research, Product Development and Program Management with his expertise in the areas of fiber-optic sensors and communications.