Steven L. Smith Ph.D.

Steven L. Smith Ph.D.

Electro-Optics design, and management professional with 15+ years experience in military and Aerospace industry. Proven track record in the design, engineering development and manufacture of consumer and military electro-optical systems.

Greater New York area
Member since September 01, 2015
Optics Wrangler with passion for solving problems and getting products to market. Quote_down
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2011 De Montfort University , PhD , High efficiency multi-color waveguide development

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
ChromaGem, The Lasersmith
Companies I work or worked for:
FUSAR, Gentex Corporation, SBG Labs, MIT Media Lab
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

*Air Force Block 3 LEP visor system - Gentex Corporation 2015
*US Navy LEP Spectacle system - Gentex Corporation 2014
* Wide angle of View wearable display leveraging holographic electro optic component - SBG Labs 2012
*Hyperspectral volume hologram security technology, method of manufacture, system design - UK patent 2011 DeMontfort University
*High Speed full color holographic digital printing system
*36 Camera real time stereoscopic image and video capture system - Lasersmith Inc. 1987

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I'm bursting with ideas!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Not listening to the inner voice.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Don't give up when someone says the idea will not fly.
Work the problem until the solution is found.
Your always "on" so don't forget it.

Full bio


*Project management from design specifications to systems requirements as developed through the  Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, through Product Readiness Review for successful product launch Navy and Air Force programs.

*Wearable display systems utilizing Wave guide optical components based on switchable Bragg gratings.

*Optics system design, Visible, NIR, Hyperspectral, with Zemax Optics Studio and Oslo optical design tools.

*Poly-carbonate optical component design, manufacture, test and performance to MIL Specifications

 *Extensive experience with: lasers, free based optics system, spectrum analyzers, spectrometers, goniophotometers, Optical bench, Angular optical performance analysis, haze meter, Optic performance measurement systems.

*Experience with stereoscopic display systems, auto-stereoscopic display systems, stereoscopic image capture system design.

*Experience in diffractive media mass production, metalization and converting.
*Six-Sigma Green Belt training: recently acquired skill set applied to solving engineering problems and manufacturing efficiency.

Research Lead/Inventor:

*Hyperspectral cryptography applied to novel method of color reflection security hologram and it's manufacture.

*Head tracked autostereocopic display systems

*Full color one-step holographic print systems