Kevin P. Fahey, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin P. Fahey

Kevin P. Fahey, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin P. Fahey is the CEO of KMLabs Inc. He has over 20 years of proven management experience in the high-tech sector with successful leadership roles where he drove significant growth. He was the VP of Marketing of Xradia, Inc., and VP of Marketing, and then CEO of Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy following the acquisition of Xradia by Zeiss. He became the Senior VP, Global Marketing and Market Segments and member of the management board for Carl Zeiss Microscopy, and the Digital Marketing Officer for Carl Zeiss Corporation. Prior to joining Xradia, he was president and CEO of Metrosol, Inc. He was also the Vice President and General Manager of the Fab Market Division of FEI Company. Fahey holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Henry C. Kapteyn, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Henry C. Kapteyn

Henry C. Kapteyn, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Henry C. Kapteyn is co-founder of KMLabs Inc and Co-Chairman of the board. Henry is well-established as a leading researcher in the area of ultrafast optical science, and is Professor of Physics and a fellow of JILA, a joint NIST/University institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a BS from Harvey Mudd College in 1982, an MS from Princeton University in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He and his wife and long-term collaborator, Margaret Murnane, are well known for their research in femtosecond lasers, and for understanding how to coherently upconvert this light to make a “tabletop x-ray laser” that they have applied to pioneering studies of material behavior at short length- and time-scales. He has published more than 200 papers (h-index 88), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His awards include the Adolph Lomb Medal of the OSA in 1993, the Ahmed Zewail Award of the ACS in 2009, the R.W. Wood Prize of the OSA in 2010, the Arthur Schawlow Prize of the APS in 2010, the Willis Lamb Award in Quantum Electronics in 2012, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Sterling J. Backus, Chief Scientific Officer

Sterling J. Backus

Sterling J. Backus, Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Sterling Backus is well known as a pioneering developer of new ultrafast laser technologies. He has been full-time with KMLabs since 2002, as well being as an Adjunct Professor in the ECE Department at Colorado State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees, in Physics and a PhD in Engineering Science from Washington State University in 1996. His work in the development of high peak-and-average power ultrafast Ti:sapphire lasers, and the use of cryogenic cooling for ultrafast laser systems, forms the basis for many of KMLabs’ products. Sterling is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a U.S. Army veteran, and has served on program committees for numerous conferences in the field.

Pete Lander, Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing

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Pete Lander, Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing

Pete Lander is the VP of Sales, Marketing and Service of KMLabs Inc. With over 30 years of experience in high technology instrumentation, including Service, Sales and Marketing, Lander was most recently head of Marketing Operations for Carl Zeiss Microscopy. While there, he leveraged his extensive sales experience to create a sales deployment group as an interface between global sales and marketing. He also ran sector marketing, marketing communications, and sales training and development as part of the marketing operations organization. Prior to the Zeiss acquisition of Xradia, Inc., he was the European Sales Director, growing the business from $900K to over $17M in 4 years. Pete started his career with JEOL, and finished his time there as European Product Manager for Transmission Electron Microscopy, combined with Director of Sales and Marketing for JEOL UK, after extensive service experience. He brings this diverse skillset to KMLabs to create a global growth model for the range of innovative and unique Laser products.