Chief Executive Officer
Mike is the founder, Technical Director and CEO of OpTek Systems, overseeing operations on three continents. As a pioneer of laser processing and precision laser micromachining, Mike has been at the forefront of developing novel laser processes which are now accepted as industry standard. Mike is dedicated to delivering on the commitments we make to our customers. Mike’s dedication means that he does not spend as much time swimming laps in the pool as he would like.
General Manager, Oxford, UK
Steve oversees OpTek’s UK operations, drawing on a wealth of practical experience. He has managed both manufacturing and R&D teams for the likes of GEC-Marconi, Thales, Bookham Technology and Oxsensis. His background is in Opto-Electronic packaging design, materials and manufacture, radar modules and antennas, multichip modules, integrated optics and sensors including those at very high temperature. He holds a number of patents in these areas for unique processing techniques. Outside of work Steve is driven to embark on new skills to complete projects invented by his daughter, in the field of arts and crafts. A recent project was to plan and design a furnace to reflow coloured glass for Gaudi inspired glass rondels.
Tsung Lung Lu
General Manager, Dongguan, China
Mr. Lu oversees OpTek’s operations in Asia Pacific from the facility in Dongguan, China, both supporting OpTek’s installed base of >200 machines in these territories and manufacturing on-site millions of fiber sensors per year. With over 30-years’ experience managing teams in companies such as Lucent, he is an acknowledged industry expert in optical fiber and cable also brings unparalleled knowledge of optical fiber applications in particular the booming datacoms area. Lu believes passion is most important in his work. For the need to communicate with colleagues in UK late in the night, this two-shift job keeps him busy/happy all the time. Dog walking has become his stress relief and physical exercise.
President, South Carolina, USA
Duane manages OpTek’s Greenville, South Carolina facility. From a Mechanical Engineering and Materials background, Duane has occupied senior roles in companies large and small, including 3M and AFL. He is an acknowledged expert in optical fibers, and converting fiber into valuable end-product for medical, military, energy and datacoms customers. Duane has carefully located his family in a spot that allows year-round access to the golf course.
General Manager, Massachusetts, USA
Having been involved in laser micromachining before it was even a named activity, Andy heads OpTek’s micromachining operations in North America, including the Chelmsford, Massachusetts facility. With an unwavering focus on providing solutions to customers (challenging) needs, Andy has an enviable track record of successes. Out of work, he enjoys and makes full use of the distinct seasons that the New England climate serves-up.
Unit Manager, Dongguan, China
Henry oversees OpTek Asia-Pacific’s micromachining business, covering a range of industries from electronics to medical devices. He is a frequent speaker at pharmaceutical packaging workshops. Prior to joining OpTek, Henry has worked around the globe, from Johnson & Johnson in the UK to SC Johnson & Son in Taiwan. Henry graduated from Aston University, UK, and enjoys tennis recreationally.
Engineering Manager, South Carolina, USA
With a history on optical and laser development and applications, Barb is an experienced Program Manager with a record of successfully delivering multi-million-dollar projects to demanding clients in both industrial and defense industries. Barb still dreams of designing the winning boat for the US America’s Cup team.
Engineering Projects Manager, Oxford, UK
With a wide experience of both the mechanical, electrical and software aspects, Henry joined OpTek in 2015 and oversees all engineering projects within OpTek. Henry’s broad outside interests have included running his own brewing company.
Laser Processing Manager, Oxford, UK
Graham has 25 years of experience developing world class laser processing and micromachining solutions and runs a successful team, developing next generation process solutions and stable production techniques for volume manufacture. With a passion for “unusual” automobiles, he commutes to work in his self-engineered electric conversion of a traditional VW Beetle.
Production and QA Manager, South Carolina, USA
Sean has been with OpTek since its inception in the USA, having previously worked with OpTek as a customer for many years previous to that. He is the established expert on OpTek’s laser processing of optical fibers, and has responsibility for the day-to-day operations in Greenville as well as QA.
Fiber Processing Manager, Oxford, UK
Starting his work on laser development and applications in 1988, Mike was one of the first people to apply laser processing to the manufacturing of optical fiber components. With OpTek from the beginning Mike co-developed OpTek’s patented LaserCleave™ technology, and has continued to build OpTek’s IP portfolio through his work on laser processing of fiber optics. At home, Mike is introducing his twin daughters to the delights of vinyl records.
Head of Business Development, Oxford, UK
Chris has spent 20 years working in the fiber and optical component industry, including time at Fujitsu Quantum Devices. Since 2014 he has also worked in micromachining, tailoring solutions to meet customer requirements. Strangely, Chris likes nothing better than to be in a tight spot in some deep dark cave.
Financial Controller, Oxford, UK
A recent addition to the OpTek team, Claire brings experience in controlling and managing the finances of multi-site, multi-national companies to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.