The AOS Team

Dr. G. Michael Morris
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Morris is an internationally recognized expert in opto-electronic systems research.  He has been active in optical engineering research and development for over twenty-seven years.

He co-founded Rochester Photonics Corporation (RPC) in 1989. The firm specialized in the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of diffractive and micro-optics components and subsystems, and was acquired by Corning Incorporated in 1999. From February 1999 to December 31, 2002, Corning Rochester Photonics Corporation functioned as a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning Incorporated.

He founded Apollo Optical Systems on December 31, 2002. 

In May 2003, he co-founded RPC Photonics, Inc., which specializes in the design and development of optical elements and systems for display and illumination applications for commercial products, medical products and government systems.

From 1979 to 1982, Morris was a Scientist in Optics at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. From 1982 to 2001, Morris was a Professor at the Institute of Optics, where he supervised 22 doctoral and 5 masters dissertations.

Morris' research has spanned a wide variety of topics in statistical optics, optical information processing, automatic pattern recognition and diffractive and micro-optics technology.

He holds 17 U.S. patents, and has published more than 70 referred journal articles, 3 book chapters and numerous conference proceedings.  During 2003 he served as President of the Optical Society of America, and in 2004 served as Immediate Past President on the OSA Board of Directors.   He is the recipient of the 2005 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer/Robert M. Burley Prize; the 2002 Rochester Engineering Society's Leo H. East Engineer of the Year Award; and the 1997 Rochester Chamber of Commerce Civic Award for Science and Technology. He is also an Honorary Member of the OSA, Rochester Section, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE.

Morris received his B.S. degree with Special Distinction in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


Daniel E. McGarry

Mr. McGarry has been involved in product development and the research of electro-optical systems and components for over twenty years.

As President of Apollo Optical Systems, he is responsible for the development of external sales and new customer relationships.  He also oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, project management, and overall-all business operations.  He ensures that the proper programs and processes are in place for efficient and cost-effective delivery of high quality design and development services and prototype components to our customers.

McGarry was previously sales manager at Corning Rochester Photonics Corporation (CRPC) and Rochester Photonics Corporation (RPC) where he was since 1997. The corporation produces diffractive/refractive lens and lens arrays, micro-structured surfaces in Ni, polymer, Si, photoresist and SiO2. Manufacturing methods included reactive ion etching, single point diamond turning and laser pattern generation.

McGarry's responsibilities included all revenue and annual sales forecasting. He was responsible for advertisement, trade show and conference activity. A key to his success is the commitment to developing profitable long-term relationships with new and existing customers at the senior-management level.

From 1991 to 1996, McGarry was project leader at LaserSurge Inc. Rochester, NY, where he was a member of the surgical team and worked closely with surgeons to develop surgical implantation procedures of prototype devices. He developed concepts, designed and supervised the production of surgical video display systems. As team leader he successfully managed tracheotomy device projects, and UV fluorescein based projects.

McGarry was a Senior Electrical Engineer for Burleigh Instruments, Inc.  Fishers, NY from 1986 -1991, where he successfully served as liaison between the R&D group and the manufacturing team for new piezo micro-positioning products.

In his position as Electrical Engineer McGarry worked at Optel Bar Code Systems, East Rochester, NY from 1984-1986, he developed prototypes for laser-scanning-diode devices. He also supervised the production of new products released to manufacturing.

He holds 4 U.S. patents in the medical field and multiple European patents. He is a member of the following professional Societies; Optical Society of America (OSA), The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

McGarry received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.


Claude Tribastone
Vice President of Manufacturing

Mr. Tribastone has been involved in the manufacturing of polymer based optical products for over 25 years, with an emphasis in the injection molding of optical components. He was a co-founder of Opkor, one of the most successful polymer injection molding operations in the U.S.

As Vice President of Apollo Optical Systems since June of 2005, his main responsibility is to establish volume manufacturing capabilities in injection molding and assembly of polymer optical components. He is also responsible for the business development and customer interfaces. His extensive experience and success in polymer optics ensures that Apollo's molding operation will be efficiently and effectively run and structured to meet customer requirements.

From 2003 to 2005 Tribastone was the Business Development Manager for Thales Polymer Optics. He was responsible for developing many aspects of the California based injection molding operation. The results were positive as new business opportunities grew significantly.

During 1999 to 2003, Tribastone was involved in various startups and manufacturing businesses that had a common theme of efficiently and successfully run operations.

From 1989 to 1999, Tribastone was a co-founder of Opkor inc. in Rochester, NY. The operation ran successfully for 10 years prior to being acquired by OCLI of Santa Rosa, California. Over that period, it had developed a world wide reputation as company that integrated in one facility all the design and manufacturing capabilities for polymer based optical products.

Eastman Kodak employed Tribastone from 1978 to 1989 as a senior manufacturing engineer in both high volume assembly and injection molding of optical components. Tribastone was involved in several significant high volume programs in the disc and disposable camera programs.

He is a member of various optical societies and received his education via Monroe Community College and Brockport State.


Dr. Dale A. Buralli
Chief Scientist

Since January 2003, Dr. Buralli has served as Chief Scientist at Apollo Optical Systems, LLC. At Apollo, he is responsible for the design and optical modeling of a wide variety of optical systems, with particular emphasis on various devices for therapeutic vision correction. He also provides support for optical tooling of lens molds and prototypes.

Starting in the fall of 2002, he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, teaching a required graduate course in geometrical optics.

From August 2000 until December 2002, he was a Senior Scientist at Corning Rochester Photonics Corporation (CRPC) in Rochester, New York. At CRPC, his duties included optical modeling, performance analysis, and tolerancing for various photonic components and systems (2D and 3D optical switches and cross-connects, WDM components, etc.). He was also responsible for design and tolerancing support for CRPC's collimator and microlens array customers, along with design and interface to manufacturing for CRPC's diffractive optics customers.

From June of 1991 until July 2000, he was employed by Sinclair Optics, in Fairport, New York, as a Senior Engineer. At Sinclair, he was one of the principal developers of the OSLO series of optical design software programs. His primary responsibilities included the development and implementation of algorithms for optical system design and analysis, including ray-tracing, geometric and diffraction-based image quality assessment, optimization of optical systems, Gaussian beam propagation, polarization analysis, and tolerancing.

He holds three U.S. patents and has published six refereed journal articles. He has also given three invited conference presentations. He is a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sigma Xi, and Sigma Pi Sigma.

Buralli received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester.