About Juan

I am a hands-on, committed, and hard-working engineer and technical leader looking to advance the scientific and engineering knowledge of optics as they apply to military, enterprise, and consumer products. I have worked in the telecommunications, solar energy, illumination, and augmented reality fields in my 10+ year career. Specifically, my team at Luminit are responsible for the research, development and successful product introduction of the holographic combiner that enables the Focals by North. I have a B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2004) at the Technological University of Panama, and a MSc (2007) and PhD (2015) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona.

SKILLS

      • Technical leadership with in-depth, hands-on experience in optical engineering and holography

      • Experience analyzing large sets of data to determine product performance and financial feasibility by identifying metrics relevant to the current market and technology trends

      • Intellectual property creation, portfolio management and strategic positioning

      • Program and project management of a $2M/year portfolio

      • New product introduction from scientific research through transition to manufacturing

      • Focus on diffractive optical elements including surface relief structures and volume holography

      • Experience with functional management of groups of up 30 members

      • Excellent reporting and presentation capabilities proven by a track record of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations (please see publication summary at the end of this document)

      • Hands-on experience with optical bench prototyping, holographic development, polymer fabrication, optical coatings, and motion and instrument control

      • Simulation optical and physics simulation (including rigorous coupled wave theory and coupled wave theory) skills using python, MATLAB, Zemax, FRED, VPI Photonics, RSoft DiffractMOD

      • Experienced using Microsoft and Google product suites as well as LabVIEW, CorelDRAW, and SolidWorks.

      • Experience programming in Microsoft Visual Basic and C language

      • Languages: Spoken and written English and Spanish with native fluency; Italian with basic proficiency

WORK EXPERIENCE

Optical Engineer, Boulder, CO Sept 2020-Present.

      • Volume hologram and advanced surface relief structures research and development

Director of Research and Development, Luminit, LLC, Los Angeles, CA Mar 2019-Sept 2020.

      • Volume hologram and advanced surface relief structures research and development

      • New product introduction

      • Company-wide IP creation, portfolio management and strategic positioning

      • Cross-functional program management and business development: Program execution, including personnel, cost, and schedule management, resource planning, program controls, and risk and opportunity management

Holography Group Leader, Luminit, LLC, Los Angeles, CA Jan 2017-Feb 2019.

      • Holographic Optical Element (HOE) research and development

      • Transition of HOE technologies to manufacturing.

      • Research, development, and new product introduction of holographic combiner of Focals by North v1.0

Research Scientist, Luminit, LLC, Los Angeles, CA Dec. 2014–Jan 2017.

      • Preparation, writing and submission of SBIR and STTR proposals.

      • Holographic and optical research and development.

      • Commercial and Government Project Manager

Research Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Jan. 2011 – Dec. 2014.

      • Holographic spectrum splitting and light trapping in photovoltaic applications

      • Designed, fabricated and deployed specialized sensors for solar energy applications characterization

      • Designed and prototyped non-imaging solar concentrators

Sr. Optical Scientist/Holographic Technology Development Manager, Prism Solar Technologies, Inc., Tucson, AZ. Feb. 2010 – Feb. 2011.

      • Coordinating research and development of holographic planar concentrators (HPC) for solar panels.

      • Manager of the holographic development team integrated by 4 engineers and 2 technicians.

      • Publishing prototype related data to peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences.

Optical Scientist/Laser Safety Officer, Prism Solar Technologies, Inc., Tucson, AZ. Feb. 2008 – Feb. 2010.

      • Holographic optical devices for HPC solar panels.

      • Prototyped, rated, and tested HPC solar panels and analyzed performance data for solar panels.

      • Installed both commercial and prototype flat-type solar panels.

      • Participated in the design of custom roof deck racking and mounting systems for solar panels.

      • Analyzed the levelized cost of electricity for solar electric systems.

Research Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Aug. 2005–Jun. 2007.

      • Designed, fabricated, and optimized holographic filters in phenanthrenequinone-doped poly-methyl methacrylate (PQ/PMMA) for telecommunications.

      • Nanocomposite development (acrylic with SiO2 and TiO2 nano-dopants) for optical parameter control.

      • Developed models for grating and diffractive optics in MATLAB, RSoft BeamProp and GratingMOD suite.

      • Designed, fabricated, and tested blazed gratings in photoresist.

EDUCATION

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Jan. 2011 – Jan. 2015 Area of Concentration: Solar Energy. Minor: Engineering Management

M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Aug. 2005 – Dec. 2007. Area of Concentration: Holographic Materials, Optical Communications

B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Technological University of Panama, Panama, Republic of Panama. Apr. 1999 – Aug. 2004. Area of Concentration: Power, Electronics and Communications

WORK AUTHORIZATION

      • United States – U.S. Citizen

      • European Union – Italian citizen. Authorized to relocate to and work in any of the EU/EEA block member states

      • Republic of Panama – Panamanian national. Sociedad de Ingenieros y Arquitectos de Panamá (SPIA) registered

Publication list available at http://www.juanrusso.com/publications or upon request.

CONTACT

Email: info at juanrusso.com

USEFUL LINKS

Luminit Research and Development: https://www.luminitco.com/research_development

Luminit manufacturer of the holograms in the Focals by North: https://www.luminitco.com/AR_Holography

University of Arizona - ECE - Photonics Systems Lab: https://uweb.engr.arizona.edu/~psl/

Prism Solar Technologies, Inc.: https://www.prismsolar.com/