Stephen Fantone, President and Chief Executive Officer, Optikos Corporation
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Optikos Corporation
107 Audubon Road Bldg. 3
Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880
United States

Company Description: Optikos is the world's largest manufacturer of equipment for the measurement of optical image quality. As the recognized leader in the fields of MTF and MRTD...   more

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  • Ph.D. , Optics
    Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester
  • Bachelor of Science Degrees , Electrical Engineering and Management
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Management > Company > Optikos, 26 July 2013 [cached]
Stephen D. Fantone, Ph.D.
President \ CEO
Stephen D. Fantone is the founder and president of Optikos Corporation, headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Dr. Fantone attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where, in 1974, he received bachelor's degrees in both electrical engineering and management. In 1979 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
Fantone is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, serves on the boards of Zygo Corporation, Rofin-Sinar Technology, and the Optical Society of America. Since 1996, he has served as the Treasurer of the Optical Society of America and recently was awarded their distinguished service award. Dr. Fantone is a recognized expert in optical engineering, has been awarded over 65 patents covering a broad range of optical technologies, and has served on numerous review panels and as an expert on patent infringement and trade secret litigation.
Management & Directors - ZYGO, 16 Nov 2013 [cached]
Dr. Stephen D. Fantone Founder, CEO, and President, Optikos Corporation
The Hertz Foundation Board of Directors, 16 Mar 2013 [cached]
Stephen Fantone, PhD
Stephen Fantone, PhD
Hertz Fellow President and Chief Executive Officer of Optikos Corporation
Stephen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Optikos Corporation. He has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from MIT, and a PhD in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. While at the Institute of Optics, he was awarded the College of Engineering Fellowship in 1974 and the Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship from 1975 to 1978.
In 1982, Stephen founded Optikos Corporation, an engineering firm that develops optically-based products and manufactures a proprietary line of optical metrology systems. He designed the optics for many commercial and industrial optical products ranging from photographic systems to medical instruments and toys. In the late 1990s it was determined that over one-half of American households had a product that Optikos helped design and over 500 million optical components designed by Optikos had been manufactured. Optikos-designed products can be found in homes and laboratories around the world. An accomplished inventor, he has been awarded more than 60 U.S. patents and in 2008, Optikos was the recipient of the Massachusetts Small Business Administration's Exporter of the Year Award.
Stephen is a director and Treasurer for the Hertz Foundation. He has also served as Chairman of Benthos, Inc., a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of oceanographic instrumentation and packaging inspection equipment, from 1997 until its sale to Teledyne Technologies in 2006. Currently, he serves as a director of several organizations: Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. a NASDAQ (RSTI) traded global manufacturer of CO2 and other high power lasers used for material processing; Zygo Corporation, a NASDAQ(ZIGO) traded manufacturer of ultraprecision optics and optical metrology products; the Pioneer Institute, a Boston, MA based think tank whose mission is to bring free market principles to the delivery of government services; and the Sea Education Association, an educational non-profit that provides maritime educational experiences to both high school and college students. Since 1996, he has served as a director and Treasurer of the Optical Society of America.
Stephen is also a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.
Board of Directors | Pioneer Institute, 5 July 2013 [cached]
Stephen Fantone, Chairman President/CEO, Optikos Corporation
Stephen Fantone President/CEO, Optikos Corporation
Treasurer, 27 Jan 2012 [cached]
Treasurer | Stephen D. Fantone, Treasurer Treasurer
Stephen D. Fantone
Stephen D. Fantone
Optikos Corporation 107 Audubon Road, Bldg. 3 Wakefield, MA 01880 USA Office of Treasurer
Stephen D. Fantone is president of Optikos Corporation. He received SB degrees in electrical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. In 1979, he received a PhD in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
In 1978, he joined Polaroid Corporation where he eventually became a Senior Principal Engineer in the Optical Engineering Department. He played a key role in the development of amateur camera products, and managed a prototype optical shop, an optical production laboratory, and an optical evaluation lab. One of his most important contributions was the design of the Spectra™ camera viewfinder, and the design of automatic test equipment for the viewfinder assembly machine. A brief hiatus from Polaroid in 1981 found Stephen serving as Chief Engineer at Frank Cooke, Inc., responsible for day-to-day management of the facility, and the development of novel fabrication techniques.
In 1982, he founded Optikos Corporation which is an optical engineering firm specializing in optical instrumentation, test equipment, system design, and electro-optical product design. Stephen has designed the optics for many commercial and industrial optical products ranging from imaging systems to medical instruments and consumer products. In 1995 he became a director of Benthos, Inc. located in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Benthos manufactures remote sensing equipment for the oceanographic and container inspection industries. He served since 1997 as Benthos's chairman of the board until Benthos was sold to Teledyne Technologies, Inc. in 2006. Stephen currently serves on the board of Zygo Corporation, Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc., the Hertz Foundation, and the Pioneer Institute, a public policy think tank. He served on the metrology review board for the both the Hubble Telescope Repair and the AXAF (Chandra Telescope) Programs.
Stephen has been a member of the OSA since 1973. Since 1996, he has served as Treasurer of the OSA and chairs OSA's Finance Audit Committees and the Investment Subcommittee. OSA activities have included: chairman of the Optical Fabrication and Testing Technical Group 1983-84, and vice chairman 1981-82; chairman of the Joseph Fraunhofer Award Committee; participation in the planning of many OF&T workshops from 1978-1990; 1989 chair of the OSA Regional Engineering Workshop, chairperson of the OSA's Engineering Council and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors from 1994-1997; and chairman of the Edwin H. Land Medal Committee 1996. Stephen was co-chair of LEAP '96, the first annual Laser and Electro-optic Applications Program, at CLEO. He was editor of the "Optical Activities in Industry" column in Applied Optics and served as topical editor of optical design and fabrication for the same publication from 1991-1996. Stephen was named an OSA Fellow in 1985. In 2007, he received the OSA Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Society over an extended period of time. He has also been active in the New England section having served as president, secretary, and councilor. Stephen has been a member of the SPIE since 1974.
Stephen was awarded the Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship from 1975 to 1978, and the College of Engineering Fellowship, University of Rochester in 1974 and 1975. He is a senior lecturer in the mechanical department of MIT. He has been awarded more than 60 US patents, two Photonics Circle of Excellence Awards, and in 2009 was awarded the University of Rochester's College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.
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