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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

An Exclusive Interview With Dr. Marshall Cohen

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An Exclusive Interview With Dr. Marshall Cohen

Advanced Imaging gets to talk to Sensors Unlimited's new CEO

By Hank Russell

Sensors Unlimited ( Princeton , NJ ) has recently named Dr. Marshall J. Cohen the company's new CEO. Cohen, who co-founded the company in 1991, was elected to his new position by the board of directors in April. He has since led the development of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) linear focal plane arrays and the first commercial InGaAs two-dimensional focal plane arrays and cameras.

He began his career in 1977, joining Rockwell International's Science Center ( Thousand Oaks , CA ) as a member of its technical staff. He has also worked for Chevron Research Company ( Richmond , CA ), Applied Solar Energy Corporation ( City of Industry , CA ) and EG&G Princeton Instruments ( Princeton , NJ ).

Cohen is the author of more than 40 scientific publications and more than 100 technical papers. He holds six U.S. patents and has directed more than 50 government-supported R&D programs. He is also an active committee chairman for the Electrical and Electronics Engineers & Laser & Electro-Optics Society. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Michigan ( Ann Arbor , MI ), where he received a B.S. in Physics (cum laude). In 1975, he was awarded a Ph.D. in solid-state physics at the University of Pennsylvania ( Philadelphia , PA ). He remained at the University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral research fellow until 1977.

Advanced Imaging had the chance to speak to the new CEO about the challenges ahead, the markets the company will address and the technologies currently under development.

 

Hank Russell , ADVANCED IMAGING: As CEO, which markets will be the company's main focus and why?

DR. MARSHALL COHEN: Our primary market is shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging, and that divides into a number of sub-areas, including defense, agricultural, sorting and online process control. The reason for that is we're finding that, in the shortwave infrared, there's a lot of things that you simply can't see in visible and you can't see with thermal imagers, and also they have a whole range of useful applications. More and more industries are learning about the utility of this wavelength band, and we're starting to see an increase in business across the board.

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