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Dr. Gregory James Quarles is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, Board Member & renowned physicist with 25 years of experience driving cutting-edge laser, optics & photonics technology development & operations globally. Dr. Quarles attended OSU after receiving the Carl & Gladys Herrington President’s Distinguished Scholarship in 1979. He earned a dual B.S. in Mathematics & Physics in 1983, & remained at OSU to earn both his M.S. (1985) & Ph.D. (1987) in Physics, with Dr. Richard C. Powell as his mentor & thesis advisor. His graduate studies were supported by the Lewis Cory Distinguished Endowed Graduate Fellowship & an Air Force Weapons Laboratory/American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship. His graduate research focused on the interaction of laser light with defects in crystalline materials.

Dr. Quarles has led strategic partnerships with multiple agencies including the Departments of Defense, Energy & Commerce, NASA & the U.S. Congress. He has been honored for his innovative work in the progression of global materials research, specifically developing new laser devices for medical, military & industrial applications. For this work, he was elected as a Fellow for both The Optical Society & SPIE, the International Society for Optics & Photonics. In 2015, he was
awarded the Memorial D.S. Rozhdestvensky Medal by the Russian Optical Society. The past four
years he has interacted with global leaders on six continents in the optics, photonics, & academic
communities discussing education policy & STEM opportunities. He has been awarded five patents
related to solid-state lasers, has presented & published over 150 peer-reviewed & conference
publications & invited lectures, published three book chapters, & served as Assistant Editor for Optical Engineering & the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.

Dr. Quarles is currently the Chief Scientific Officer for The Optical Society (OSA) in Washington, DC. The Optical Society, which celebrates its centennial in 2016, is the professional home to over 19,000 accomplished science, engineering, & business leaders from around the world. Prior to OSA, he served as CEO at B. E. Meyers, Opto-Electronics Management Network, & was a founder & COO at EdgeLight Incorporated, a wearable light-therapy enterprise in Tucson, Arizona. His previous leadership & work experience includes serving on eight corporate & not-for-profit Boards, II-VI Incorporated, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory & the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.