Based in Jena, the birthplace of optical technology in Germany, JENOPTIK's Michael Mertin has a unique perspective on the industry's past and future. He provided this perspective to SPIE during an interview during Photonics West 2011 in San Francisco. Dr. Mertin has been President and Chairman of the Executive Board of JENOPTIK AG since 2007, and is responsible for the entire operational business as well as strategy and innovations, auditing, data protection, communication and marketing.
Mertin studied physics at the RWTH Aachen and received his Doctorate in Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institut für Lasertechnik (FHG-ILT) [Laser Technology] in the field of laser materials processing and surface technology.
With the development and responsibility for the Optical Coating Technology and Micro-Structures working group in collaboration with Siemens AG, in addition to his engineering training he gained experience in industrial R&D for new technologies. Mertin later worked for several years in the area of financial consulting where he acquired additional comprehensive knowledge of business administration.
He joined the firm of Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen in July 1996, and began his ten-year career with Zeiss as Head of Technology Coating at the Group's Technology Center. As a member of the management team in 2004 Mertin took over as Head of Research and Development and Technologies of the Eye Care strategic business unit. Following the founding of Carl Zeiss Vision International as a result of the merger with the US company SOLA International Inc., he held the position of Vice President Technology and Processes at that company.
He was interviewed at SPIE Photonics West 2011 for SPIE Newsroom.
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