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Zephyr Photonics adds networking, fiber optics experts

Zephyr Photonics recently appointed Dan Tuck as general manager and vice president of component operations, and Dr. Daniel Zhu as vice president of engineering.

Most recently, Tuck served as the chief operating officer and vice president of engineering for Datastrip, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of mobile handheld biometric terminals.

Zhu comes to Zephyr Photonics after serving as the director of engineering at Emcore Corp, where he was responsible for the design, development and high volume production of high-speed active optical cables and pluggable optical transceivers.



“These two gentleman are both highly skilled and highly trained individuals who bring tremendous experience to our company,” Tom Steding, CEO of Zephyr Photonics, said in a press release. “Dr. Zhu’s background and vast experience in the commercial photonics arena are strong additions to Zephyr Photonics’ mission of delivering a new generation of high performance, ruggedized, optical communication solutions for harsh and demanding mission critical applications. Dan Tuck brings extensive expertise in technology development, operations management, strategic business planning, partner/supplier negotiations, and relationship management in entrepreneurial technology companies similar to Zephyr Photonics.”

With their technical and business leadership, combined with our extensive portfolio of optoelectronics intellectual property, and our existing world-class development teams in Los Alto, Calif. and Zephyr Cove, Nev., we are well positioned to accelerate product development and quickly bring additional products to market.”



Tuck brings more than 20 years of experience leading development and project teams to deliver software and hardware intensive products. He past positions have been at Microphase Corp., Paragon Networks, IPC Information Systems/Ixnet, Ascom Nexion/Ascom Timeplex and Teleos Communications. Tuck started his career at AT&T Bell Labs in 1981 after graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Zhu has been working in the field of fiber optics communications since 1988. In addition to his work at Emcore, he worked at Intel Corp., Infinera, Mahi Networks and Ciena Corporation. In his native China, Zhu was a manager at Guangzhou Electronics Research Center. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Founded in 1987, Zephyr Photonics (formerly OptiComp) is focused on providing solutions to the Department of Defense, and the aerospace, industrial, energy, and intelligence industries. For more information, visit http://www.zephyrphotonics.com.


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