Dr. Joseph Ford is the lead optical engineer at Skeyeon, where he oversees optical systems design and testing. As a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California San Diego, he led UCSD’s Photonics Systems Integration Lab, which does design and integration of free-space optical components including fiber optic switches and compact imagers. Dr. Ford was a member of Bell Labs Advanced Photonics Research Department from 1994 to 2000, where he demonstrated the first MEMS spectral equalizer and wavelength add/drop switches. He later became chief scientist of the San Diego startup Optical Micro-Machines before joining UCSD in 2002. Dr. Ford was General Co-Chair of the first IEEE Conference on Optical MEMS in 2000, the 2008 OSA/IEEE Optical Fiber Communications Conference, and the 2011 OSA Congress on Optics in Solar Power. Dr. Ford is an OSA and IEEE Fellow, author of over 200 journal articles and conference proceedings, and inventor on more than 50 United States optical communication and imaging patents. He holds degrees in physics from UCLA and the University of British Columbia, in optical engineering from Rochester’s Institute of Optics, and a Ph.D. in applied physics from UCSD.