Joseph L. Dallas, Ph.D. | President
With nearly 25 years of technical program and operations management expertise, Dr. Joseph L. Dallas guides the vision of Avo Photonics. Dr. Dallas founded Avo in 2003 because he saw a need for private-label photonics design, development and manufacturing. He has since grown Avo into an independent, U.S.-based global company that serves as the trusted source for confidential, client-owned photonics products for varied applications across key markets. Prior to founding Avo Photonics, Dr. Dallas designed and created NASA's Space Lidar Technology Center. As Deputy Director at this "skunk works" facility, he led development and production of active spaceborne remote sensing optical instruments. Throughout his career, Dr. Dallas has directed basic optical research, developed and produced semiconductor laser diode products, created various diode-pumped solid state laser systems, developed high-power diode array lifetesting stations and conducted long-duration optical damage threshold studies. He has a strong background in laser physics, materials, reliability and environmental testing. Dr Dallas has written numerous optoelectronic technical papers and has presented at international conferences, including CLEO, Advanced Solid State Lasers and the Annual Symposium on Optical Materials for High Power Lasers. Dr. Dallas holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Villanova University and a Ph.D., with Distinction, in physics from the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.).