Dr. G. Michael MorrisChief 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.
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 25 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 2016 Stephen D. Fantone OSA Distinguished Service Award, the 2006 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.
Claude TribastoneChief Operating Officer
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 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.
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.
Daniel E. McGarryPresident, Business Development
Mr. McGarry has been involved in product development and the research of electro-optical systems and components for over twenty years.
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.
Brian MarkovitzVice President of Manufacturing
Brian has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing of polymer optics. His extensive experience in the various aspects of manufacturing include Quality Control, Mold processing, and MRP implementation. He is currently responsible for shipping, tooling, evaporative coatings , molding, facility maintenance and diamond turning area of Apollo along with hiring, training , work flow and scheduling for all of manufacturing.
Dr. Dale BuralliChief Scientist
Since January 2003, Dr. Dale Buralli has served as Chief Scientist at Apollo Optical Systems, Inc. At Apollo, he is responsible for the design and optical modeling of a wide variety of optical systems, e.g., virtual/augmented reality, ophthalmic, and other imaging and illumination systems. In addition, he provides support for optical tooling of lens molds and prototypes, including the development of custom software for both production and metrology. Dr. Buralli is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, teaching a required graduate course in geometrical optics.