About Alfalight

Alfalight building

Alfalight designs and manufactures reliable, rugged, and efficient laser and electro-optical systems for defense and security applications. Alfalight’s products and embedded electro-optical modules include precision short-wave infrared (SWIR), near infrared (NIR), and visible lasers.

Our interdisciplinary team works closely with customers to turn needs into realizable specifications that drive the development of well-engineered designs. The resulting systems meet all requirements, are manufacturable, are thoroughly tested, and transition effectively to full production.

Alfalight is ITAR registered and entirely US-based, enabling us to deliver turnkey electro-optical systems rapidly and cost effectively.

Corporate History

Alfalight was founded in 1998 in association with the University of Wisconsin and the Reed Center for Photonics with the goal of creating innovative, high-power, high-reliability diode laser sources.

  • Founded – Nov 1998
  • First diode laser produced – May 2001
  • Telcordia qualification completed – Nov 2003
  • 22 watt single emitter laser demonstrated – Jan 2006
  • Wavelength-Stabilized Technology (WST) introduced – Apr 2006
  • DARPA SHEDS program completed with world-record 71% efficiency – Jan 2007
  • $1.4M Army contract for 1kW laser pump source – Oct 2008
  • Non-Lethal Ocular Disruptor introduced – Jan 2009
  • 10-watt handheld eye-safe infrared laser illuminator delivered – Oct 2010
  • Semiconductor fab spun-out to Compound Photonics; established strategic supplier partnership – Mar 2013

Alfalight is dedicated to delivering reliable, rugged, and efficient diode laser and electro-optical end products and subsystems. Our innovative designs, high-quality products, manufacturing expertise, and flexible business approach, backed with a strong portfolio of laser and electro-optical system patents, make Alfalight the ideal supplier for demanding requirements.

Executive Team

Mohan Warrior

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Martin

Director, Engineering

Aaron Marshall

Vice President, Finance and Operations

Carter Hand

Director, Defense Laser Systems

Ron Bechtold

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Rob Williamson

Director, Product Marketing

Mohan Warrior – President and Chief Executive Officer

Mohan

Mohan Warrior joined Alfalight Inc. as president and chief executive officer (CEO) in February 2004. Prior to joining Alfalight, Mr. Warrior's career includes 15 years at Motorola Semiconductors (now Freescale) where he most recently led the test and assembly operations, a group of 3500 employees, in the US, Scotland and Korea. He previously held senior-level leadership positions at Motorola including managing operations for silicon wafer fabrication, and leading a global team of scientists and engineers to develop advanced packaging solutions.

Following Motorola, Mr. Warrior gained a successful track record as an entrepreneur launching two start-ups. Immediately prior to Alfalight, Mr. Warrior was the president and CEO of Nanocoolers, a thin film thermoelectric cooling company in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Warrior received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He was a founding charter member of the Austin chapter of TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals and is currently a charter member of TiE Midwest. Mr. Warrior has also served as a reviewer for both the Texas State Education Board for Advanced Research Programs (Material Science) and the National Science Foundation (Electronic Materials).

Ron Bechtold – Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Ron

With more than twenty years’ experience leading sales and marketing teams, Ron Bechtold has a demonstrated track record of success, strategically positioning and focusing component and subsystem businesses to drive growth and profitability. At PerkinElmer Optoelectronics he most recently held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. At Hitachi, Mr. Bechtold rose from Product Manager to Director of Sales and Marketing and finally to Vice President and Division GM, covering a broad range of semiconductor, communication and storage products. Prior to Hitachi, he worked in sales at Advanced Micro Devices.

Mr. Bechtold holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Aaron Marshall – Vice President, Finance

Aaron

Aaron Marshall brings over twenty years of manufacturing industry experience managing the financial operations of both publicly-traded and privately-held companies. As vice president of Finance and Operations, Aaron Marshall serves as the company secretary and treasurer and is responsible for driving excellence in the financial reporting of operations.

Prior to joining Alfalight, he served five years as the controller for Bone Care International, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, where he managed the SEC reporting and the overall financial operations. Previously he spent nine years at Kerry Ingredients, a global food ingredient manufacturer, where he most recently held the position of corporate controller for their North American division.

Mr. Marshall holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Mr. Marshall is also a licensed CPA and a CMA (certified management accountant).

Carter Hand – Director, Defense Laser Systems

Carter

Mr. Hand has over fifteen years of experience in the laser and electro-optics industry, with experience in roles of laser engineering, product management, and business development. He has been responsible for the design and launch of many highly ruggedized products for the telecommunications, aerospace, and defense industries.

Previous to Alfalight, Mr. Hand held leadership positions at New Focus, now Oclaro. He also co-founded Carma Design, a graphic and product design start-up.

Mr. Hand earned a BS in Physics from University of Colorado – Boulder and a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. He holds seven patents and is co-author on numerous journal articles. Contact Carter to discuss classified requirements.

Michael Martin – Director, Engineering

Michael

Mr. Martin has over twenty years of industry experience in laser and microelectronics packaging, ranging from new product design engineering to full manufacturing production transition including tooling design and process development. He has deep experience in all aspects of thermo-mechanical and materials analysis, as well as overall system design. He is an expert in solder, adhesives, materials thermal properties, fiber-optic and optical packaging, high-power device packaging, thermal management, and optomechanical design. He is responsible for the product design and manufacturing transition for all Alfalight laser products.

Mr. Martin earned a BS and MS from the University of Saskatchewan, both in mechanical engineering. He holds three patents as well as several pending.

Rob Williamson – Director, Product Marketing

Rob

Rob Williamson has over twenty years of experience developing and marketing integrated electro-optic and laser products ranging from high-speed telecommunications optical/microwave transceiver components, to precision laboratory instruments, to MIL-spec rugged, military and aerospace products. He has a strong track record of developing specifications from diverse customers to address complex, demanding requirements. He leads a cross-functional product development team with deep electro-optical and product design experience combined with excellent program management.

Dr. Williamson earned a BS from Caltech and has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, both in physics. He built his first laser at the age of seventeen. He holds five patents with several more pending in the laser, electro-optics, and optical communications fields, and has dozens of publications in peer-reviewed and industry trade journals.

Board Of Directors

Charlie Hoke

Chairman of the Board

Mohan Warrior

Chief Executive Officer

Keith Crandell

ARCH Venture Partners

Russ Johnson

KPL Ventures

Charlie Hoke – Chairman of the Board

Charlie Hoke began his career in banking, rising to Senior Vice President of Firstar Bank. He then completed a leveraged buyout of the LCD division of Hamlin, Inc. In an eight year period, Standish LCD grew from $8M to $36M in revenue and held significant market share in the rugged/outdoor LCD market. In 1997, Mr. Hoke sold Standish Industries to Planar Systems, a public display company based in Beaverton, Oregon. He served as Vice President and General Manager of the components division, a $110M global display business, until his departure in August 1999.

Mr. Hoke was the original investor in Alfalight and currently serves on multiple boards. Mr. Hoke has a BA in economics from UW-Milwaukee and an MBA from Marquette.

Mohan Warrior – President and Chief Executive Officer

Mohan Warrior joined Alfalight Inc. as president and chief executive officer (CEO) in February 2004. Prior to joining Alfalight, Mr. Warrior's career includes 15 years at Motorola Semiconductors (now Freescale) where he most recently led the test and assembly operations, a group of 3500 employees, in the US, Scotland and Korea. He previously held senior-level leadership positions at Motorola including managing operations for silicon wafer fabrication, and leading a global team of scientists and engineers to develop advanced packaging solutions.

Following Motorola, Mr. Warrior gained a successful track record as an entrepreneur launching two start-ups. Immediately prior to Alfalight, Mr. Warrior was the president and CEO of Nanocoolers, a thin film thermoelectric cooling company in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Warrior received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He was a founding charter member of the Austin chapter of TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals and is currently a charter member of TiE Midwest. Mr. Warrior has also served as a reviewer for both the Texas State Education Board for Advanced Research Programs (Material Science) and the National Science Foundation (Electronic Materials).

Keith Crandell – ARCH Venture Partners

Keith Crandell is a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners, having joined ARCH at its founding. He previously served as Senior Manager with ARCH Development Corporation with responsibilities for ARCH Venture Fund I’s activities at Argonne National Laboratory.

Mr. Crandell has played a key role in the formation and initial funding round of physical materials companies: Alfalight, Eichrom Industries, Nanophase Technologies (NANX), and Illinois Superconductor (ISCO). He was also responsible for investments in information and communications technology companies: Apropos Technology (APRS), Quarry Technologies, Teach.com, and CelebrateExpress, among others. He is a director of Alfalight, Apropos, CelebrateExpress and Quarry.

Prior to joining ARCH in 1987, Mr. Crandell worked with Hercules, Inc., a specialty chemical and polymer company. He holds an MBA from The University of Chicago, an MS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a BS in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University.

Russ Johnson – KPL Ventures

Mr. Johnson is currently a partner with KPL Ventures in Menlo Park, Calif. From 1998 through 2000 Russ served as the Senior Vice-President of Global Sales and Marketing for JDS Uniphase. During that period he was responsible for the formation of a worldwide sales organization and an integrated marketing program as well as playing an active role in companies M&A activities. Prior to joining JDS Uniphase, Russ spent over twenty years with the Hewlett Packard Company (now Agilent Technologies) in a variety of marketing, operational, and international business roles. These included roles in RF and microwave instrumentation, Computer Aided Engineering, and integrated circuits, in optical instrumentation, and in wireless network management. He was also, in 1986, the founding manager of the HP Asia Pacific Marketing Center in Hong Kong.

Mr. Johnson has a BSEE from New Mexico State University and an MBA from Purdue University.