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Business Development Executive

DAVID DAWES is a Business Development Executive having responsibility for commercialization of technologies and management of intellectual property portfolios for Lasers, Optics and Instrumentation. Prior to joining LLNL, David worked for more than 35 years in the Lasers, Optics and Imaging Systems Industry. His experience encompasses managing aerospace and defense program and business development for a line of Shortwave IR Imager System products at UTC Aerospace Systems, managing a high purity fused silica product development group at Corning, leading the Photonics and Terahertz product portfolios at Battelle, directing waveguide optical amplifier development at the telecom startup, Symmorphix, and overseeing custom and advanced laser system products at Continuum. He directed laser crystal and optical component product development and global technical marketing at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s former Litton Airtron Synoptics Business Unit throughout the 80’s and 90’s, frequently interacting with LLNL researchers as a high power laser materials contractor. In the late 90’s he led the company’s vertical integration strategies including negotiating licenses for microchip lasers and other key optical technologies. David holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, England. He has authored two US patents and one pending application in integrated photonics. He is a member of the SPIE, OSA and IEEE laser societies. He is also a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is an instrument rated private pilot with high performance and complex endorsements.

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