Wayne is the Chief Science Officer and scientific co-founder of Clerio Vision. He has a BS ’79 and PhD ’84 in Optics from The Institute of Optics, where he worked with Nobel Prize winner Gerard Mourou at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He has published over 200 papers and holds more than 60 US patents and more than 150 international patents in the field of optics and photonics.
He spent 17 years at Bell Laboratories, where he achieved many breakthroughs in ultrafast laser technology, science and applications. He created the world’s shortest light pulse (8 fs) at the time, invented new kinds of semiconductor laser modelocking devices, and developed novel ultrahigh channel count wavelength division multiplexing telecommunications systems. He rose from a post-doctoral researcher to a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and eventually Department Head of Advanced Photonics Research.
He returned to Rochester in 2001 as Director of The Institute of Optics and Professor of Optics. He started the research project that led to the founding of Clerio Vision in 2003 as a small collaboration with Bausch and Lomb, with one PhD student.
He served as Director of The Institute of Optics from 2001-2011 and then Associate Dean of Education and New Initiatives in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 2011-2013. He took a one-year academic leave in 2013-2014 to work on Clerio Vision. He wanted to name the company Caeruleus Vision (“Blue” Vision in Latin) which was simplified to Clerio Vision.
He is also Professor of Physics, Materials Science, Vision Science, and Distinguished Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He is Fellow of Optica, APS/DLS and the NAI (National Academy of Inventors).