Conard Holton

Editor at Large

Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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Exploring the business of photonics in the pandemic era

Dec. 6, 2021
The shape of the world’s economies, the opportunities for photonics-related businesses, and how some photonics industry leaders are prospering in these times are the focus of ...
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The new Martian chronicles

April 21, 2021
The current missions to Mars are exciting to follow, and show the value of science and photonics as exploration and the search for life on another world put life on Earth in perspective...
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What’s really new in photonics over the past 20 years—China

March 10, 2021
China’s economic growth has transformed it from a low-end supplier of optical components into an enormous market for lasers and a critical part of the international photonics ...