Jessica DeGroote Nelson manages the Research and Development and Manufacturing Engineering departments at Optimax Systems, Inc., an optical components manufacturer dedicated to small volume, high quality and quick delivery. She joined Optimax in 2007 after graduating from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics with a bachelor’s, master's and PhD in optics. She is also currently pursuing her executive MBA degree at the Simon School at the University of Rochester.
During her first five years at Optimax, Jessica has not only expanded and improved the internal optical manufacturing processes, but has also won five Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards and is leading the research on these initiatives, as well as authoring more than 20 white papers on her findings.
Jessica is also an active member and presenter with the Optica, SPIE, American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the American Society of Precision Engineers (ASPE). She is also active in the local section of the Optical Society of America – Rochester Section where she has served as program chair and treasurer.