Robert W. Irvin
VP of Manufacturing
Robert brings over 27 years experience focused on imaging and optoelectronic device technology development, design for manufacturing, and high-tech manufacturing management. He is a Project Management Institute certified Project Manager who has hands-on experience in research, product development, mid and high-volume manufacturing, transitioning build to print manufacturing, and cost reduction using a variety of tools including lean manufacturing.
Robert has broad hands-on experience with the design, development and manufacturing of a variety of optical systems and subsystems including infrared and visible zoom lens systems, illuminators, lasers, switches, receivers, and modulators. In addition, he has led the design, development and manufacture of hermetically seal-able single and multi-fiber fiber assemblies for laser systems with both SM and PM fiber in 1D and 2D configurations. He brings insight into reliability at both a system and component level.
Prior to Clear Align, Robert held high level positions at Coviant, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was the Vice President of Engineering at Coviant, an optical manufacturing services company, where he built and led all aspects of the engineering and manufacturing operations. At Lucent Technologies Irvin served as the program manager for several cutting edge optoelectronic businesses including LiNbO3 2.5 and 10G optical modulators, LiNbO3 optical switch arrays, silicon DWDM devices, and several laser systems that generated over a half a billion dollars in annual revenue. He was a key player responsible for both the automation and outsourcing strategies at Lucent Technologies and won the Quality Award. Irvin won the prestigious AT&T Bell Laboratories Presidents Gold Award during his early years at AT&T Bell Laboratories performing advance electro-optics research and development, including fabrication and integration of sensor elements.
Robert earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Ursinus College. He has authored or co-authored eight papers and eight patents relating to optoelectronic components.