Peak Optics

Scientific Team

Michael Ponting, Peak Optics CTO

Michael Ponting (Ph.D 2010, CWRU) is a co-founder, President, and Chief Technical Officer of PolymerPlus LLC, the JV partner of Peak Optics where he serves as the lead scientist and primary investigator on several DoD funded multilayered materials technology development programs. Stemming from a processing expertise in designing, building, and operating micro- and nanolayered coextrusion lines and dies, Dr. Ponting is responsible for the installation of the custom R&D and Pilot coextrusion processing facilities used by Peak.
Dr. Ponting has extensively published in the field of polymer processing and optical properties of polymers with over 20 peer reviewed publications, conference papers, and a recent book.  He was awarded two patents related to the production of multilayered polymer film systems and gradient refractive index optics. His current research efforts focus on the development and commercial translation of high value added micro- and nanolayered polymer technologies including nanolayered gradient refractive index optics, nanolayerd dielectric energy storage films and coextrude non-woven nanofibrous materials for filtration applications.  Additional research interests include: processing of micro- and nanolayered polymer systems, multilayer coextrusion system and die design, polymer structure-property relationships, nanoscale induced polymer optical properties, layer confinement effects for improved gas barrier, and manufacturing scale-up and metrology of nanolayered polymer films.

Howard Fein, Peak Optics Chief Optical Scientist

Howard Fien (Ms. CWRU) has over 30 years of experience as an Applied Scientist in advanced optics design, holographic nondestructive test, interferometry development and applications, digital imaging and machine and medical vision systems, and optical testing and metrology.

An internationally respected authority in the field of Holography and Holographic-interferometry, Howard has made numerous public technology presentations, and authored over 40 technical articles, invited papers, and book chapters. His innovative and highly successful approach to technical work has resulted in more than 25 current and pending patents and co-patents in applications of optical metrology, digital microscopic imaging, and machine vision optics and inspection