Robert Edmund elected SPIE Senior Member

Aug. 12, 2011
Robert Edmund, CEO and chairman of the board of Edmund Optics, was elected to the position of SPIE Senior Member.

Barrington, NJ--Robert Edmund, CEO and chairman of the board of optical components company Edmund Optics, was elected to the position ofSPIE Senior Member. SPIE Senior Members are Members of distinction--honored for their professional experience, active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and their significant performance that sets them apart from their peers. Just 212 SPIE members have received this distinction.

Robert Edmund, whose overall contributions to the industry have been long recognized by his colleagues, has been a member of SPIE since 1999. As an active member, he currently serves on the Financial Advisory Committee and has spoken at several SPIE events. In addition, Edmund serves on several outside boards including the University of Arizona’s Stewart Labs and the University of Arizona’s Optical Sciences. He is also a former board member of the Direct Marketing Association.

"The SPIE organization has been superb in its efforts to serve the photonics community and I feel very honored for this recognition," said Edmund. "I commend SPIE for their support of research, education, and business activities throughout the years."

Son of Norman Edmund, founder of Edmund Optics, Robert is well known for his expertise in business strategy, optical manufacturing and product development, as well as global catalog marketing. Under the leadership of Robert Edmund, son of Edmund Optics (EO) founder Norman Edmund, the company has expanded to over 700 employees worldwide serving more than 200,000 global customers through ten regional sales offices. Robert Edmund’s mission is to provide more optics, more technology, and more service to the global photonics community as well as provide a vast assortment of off-the-shelf optics. Today, the EO catalog--available in 11 languages--has more than 25,500 optical components.

Robert also recognizes the absolute importance of R&D and always encourages the EO optical engineers at their Design Center in Arizona and five global manufacturing facilities to stretch the limits of optical innovation and talk to customers, the source of some of EO’s best ideas.

SOURCE: Edmund Optics; www.edmundoptics.com/about-us/news-and-events/eoinnewsdisplay.cfm?newsid=347

About the Author

Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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