Laser Focus World 2021 Rising Stars Awards: Leon Li

Aug. 3, 2021
In this fifth showcase, we highlight Leon Li, deputy general manager of Automotive BU at Focuslight Technologies.

Leon Li is the deputy general manager of Automotive BU at Focuslight Technologies, where he previously served as team leader of international sales, and later, head of BU Open Package Diode Lasers; his work has been vital to the company’s successes.

In 2017, he began working in lidar technology development, specifically involving a project in collaboration with a well-renowned European Tier 1. The team developed a strategic lidar transmitter for automotive-grade deployment on a luxurious L3 vehicle. Through 2020, he led a cross-functional project team to conceptualize, materialize, and industrialize a unique design of hermetically sealed transmitters based on solid-state laser technology; this was successful, subsequently passing automotive qualification.

Leon supports and coaches young engineers and managers, and is passionate about instilling a sense of leadership into future generations. He is known for his enthusiasm, courage, leadership, and dedication to innovation in photonics.


About the Author

Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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