Electro Scientific Industries Adds Expertise to Its' Scientific Advisory Board

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a leading provider of world-class photonic micro-engineering solutions, today announced that Dr. Ming Wu has joined the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Wu is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC). Dr. Wu’s research interests include optical MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), optoelectronics, and biophotonics.

“Dr. Wu is an extraordinary scientist with tremendous and novel insights into optoelectronics and photonics,” explained Nick Konidaris, president and CEO. “His knowledge and expertise will be a great asset to our ongoing effort to develop ESI’s core technologies and strengthen our commitment to innovation.”

Dr. Wu’s numerous accomplishments include:

  • Fellow of IEEE;
  • Founding Co-Chair of IEEE/LEOS Summer Topical Meeting on Optical MEMS (1996);
  • Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey (1988-1992);
  • Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (1992-2004);
  • Holder of 15 U.S. patents;
  • Published six book chapters, over 140 journal papers and 290 conference papers;
  • Served in the program committees of many technical conferences, including MEMS, OFC, CLEO, LEOS, MWP, IEDM, DRC, ISSCC;
  • Guest Editor of two special issues of IEEE journals on Optical MEMS.

The four current SAB members are:

  • Dr. Thomas M. Baer, executive director, Stanford Photonics Research Center;
  • Dr. John R. Carruthers, distinguished professor of physics at Portland State University and co-director of Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI);
  • Dr. Yu-Chong Tai, professor of electrical engineering at CalTech; and
  • Dr. Steven S. Vogt, optics expert and professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In connection with his appointment to the SAB, ESI's board of directors approved the grant to Dr. Wu of an option to purchase 5,000 shares of ESI common stock. This option, which was a material inducement to Mr. Wu’s decision to join ESI, was not granted under a shareholder approved plan. The exercise price of the option is $21.69, the closing price of ESI common stock on July 3, 2007, the date the option was granted.

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