Catalin Florea, Ph.D. | Optical Program Manager
Dr. Catalin Florea applies over 16 years of expertise in advanced waveguide optics research and development to his optical program manager role. Prior to joining Avo, Dr. Florea served as Research Physicist at Sotera Defense Solutions for US Naval Research Lab, where he researched and developed novel devices in infrared materials; as Research Engineer for IMRA America, where he was in charge of building and testing nanosecond and femtosecond subsystems and lasers; and as Senior Research Engineer for Northstar Photonics, Inc., where he tested and characterized ion-exchanged waveguide devices. Dr. Florea serves as a journal reviewer for Optics Express, Optics Letters, and JOSA. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan and received his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Technology of Materials from the University of Bucharest (Romania).