Thursday, March 1: Lunch discussion with Dr. Giacomo Vacca, RSVP requested

Ross Audet audet at
Tue Feb 28 11:33:28 PST 2012

There are still a few spots available for the lunch discussion on Thursday! 


Lunch discussion with Dr. Giacomo Vacca of Kinetic River Corp.

Presented by the Stanford Photonics Research Center and the Stanford Optical


Thursday, March 1, 2012

12 PM - 1 PM

Nano 317


Space is limited.  RSVP to stanford-photons at 

Lunch will be provided to participants.


Join us for an informal lunch discussion with Dr. Giacomo Vacca of Kinetic
River Corp., a technical consulting company focusing on optics in a range of
industries including medicine and the life sciences. Dr. Vacca will discuss
career opportunities in industry for PhDs in optics and photonics, drawing
on his experiences in positions in R&D, marketing, and business development
in both startups and large companies. Additionally, he will discuss
opportunities for scientists as independent consultants.



Giacomo Vacca earned his B.A. and M.A. in Physics from Harvard University,
and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His dissertation,
under the guidance of Nobel Prize winner Bob Laughlin, introduced a new
ultrafast optical technique for investigating microscopic fluid phenomena.
>From 2000 to 2005 he worked in R&D and Marketing for two Silicon Valley
optics startups. In 2005 he was recruited by Abbott Labs to lead their
hematology research group in Santa Clara. There he developed a breakthrough
cellular analysis technology, for which he received a Platinum Research
Award.  His most recent honors are having been elected to Senior Member of
the Optical Society of America and to Research Fellow of the Volwiler
Society at Abbott Laboratories. In 2010 he founded Kinetic River, a medical
and life-science technology company providing consulting services and
developing disruptive diagnostics and research products. He has been awarded
5 patents and has 19 more pending. 


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