Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser, optics and photonics product development and commercialization.
Over the past twenty-five years, he led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of new photonics and photonic enabled products.
Eichenholz is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Luminar, a sensing technology company that will become the core platform to enable safe fully autonomous vehicles. As CTO, Eichenholz is responsible for research and development of new products, product roadmap and bringing Luminar’s technology to market.
Before joining Luminar, Eichenholz was the CEO and founder of Open Photonics, an open innovation company dedicated to the commercialization of optics and photonics technologies. Prior to that, he served as the Divisional Technology Director at Halma PLC. In that role he was responsible for supporting innovation, technology and strategic development for the Photonics and Health Optics Divisions. Before joining Halma, he was the CTO and Board Member of Ocean Optics Inc. as well as the Director of Strategic Marketing at Newport/Spectra-Physics.
Eichenholz is a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as well as a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He has served as the principal investigator for Air Force and DARPA funded research and development programs and holds more than thirty U.S. patents on new types of LiDAR, solid-state lasers, displays and photonic devices.
Eichenholz has a M.S. and Ph.D in Optical Science and Engineering from CREOL – The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.