Mark Zediker, Ph.D.

Previously, Dr. Zediker was Founder & CTO of Foro Energy.

Prior to Foro Energy, Dr. Zediker was Vice President at Coherent following the successful acquisition of Nuvonyx and Nuvonyx Europe where he served as Founder, President, and CEO. Dr. Zediker started Nuvonyx in 1997 to bring high power diode laser systems to the industrial marketplace and commercialized the first, most compact 4 kW diode system deployed worldwide in materials processing application and high power pump arrays for Raytheon, Boeing, and Textron. Among other accolades, Nuvonyx was recognized as Supplier of the Year by Raytheon.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Zediker spent 15 years at McDonnell Douglas where, as a Senior Principle Engineer and then Branch Chief, he demonstrated a world first >100W fiber laser amplifier and system and world first metal cutting and welding with a high power laser diode.

Dr. Zediker has >200 publications and >20 patents, and chairs the high power section of the Photonics West Conference.

Dr. Zediker holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois, where he now sits on the Physics Advisory Board.