Asphere specialist QED Technologies gets new president

May 20, 2010
Andrew Kulawiec, who has an extensive background in precision optics, is the new president of QED Technologies.

Rochester, NY--Andrew Kulawiec, who has an extensive background in precision optics, is the new president of QED Technologies. Kulawiec's appointment comes after a period of transition following the announcement by QED founder Don Golini in January of this year to leave the business by June 2010.

Kulawiec joined QED in May, 2008 to lead QED's metrology business and optical engineering department. He subsequently drove the technical development, commercialization, and marketing launch of the Aspheric Stitching Interferometer (ASI), which was introduced in 2009. The ASI can characterize aspheres that have up to 1000 waves of departure from a best-fit sphere without the use of null optics; since its introduction, the ASI has been adopted by customers in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Prior to QED, Kulawiec was vice president of operations for Semrock, Inc. (also in Rochester, NY), a developer and manufacturer of high-performance optical filters for the biotech and analytical instrumentation markets. He was responsible for overall manufacturing operations for Semrock, including thin-film optical coatings and finishings, supply chain, logistics, facilities, and quality.

Kulawiec's career also spans twelve years between Corning, Inc. (Corning, NY) and Corning Tropel Corporation (Fairport, NY). Corning Tropel Corporation manufactures precision optical subsystems and metrology instruments. While there, Kulawiec held technical roles as well as management positions responsible for metrology development and operations.

Kulawiec has a doctorate in optical engineering from the University of Rochester.

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