Henry C. Kapteyn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Henry C. Kapteyn is co-founder of KMLabs Inc. and CEO. Henry is well-established as a leading researcher in the area of ultrafast optical science, and is Professor of Physics and a fellow of JILA, a joint NIST/University institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a BS from Harvey Mudd College in 1982, an MS from Princeton University in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He and his wife and long-term collaborator, Margaret Murnane, are well known for their research in femtosecond lasers, and for understanding how to coherently upconvert this light to make a “tabletop x-ray laser” that they have applied to pioneering studies of material behavior at short length- and time-scales. He has published more than 200 papers (h-index 59), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His awards include the Adolph Lomb Medal of the OSA in 1993, the Ahmed Zewail Award of the ACS in 2009, the R.W. Wood Prize of the OSA in 2010, the Arthur Schawlow Prize of the APS in 2010, the Willis Lamb Award in Quantum Electronics in 2012, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Charles Haggans, Chief Operating Officer

Dr.  Haggans joined KMLabs in 2015.  He has extensive experience leading and managing the development and delivery of laser system, communications, and remote sensing products and technologies. He received an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1992.  His industrial experience includes positions at Lockheed Martin, Directed Energy Solutions, CIENA Corporation, and 3M.  He is a senior member of the Optical Society of America and holds 12 patents in the areas of optical communications, fiber optics, and laser systems.

Malcolm Warrand, Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing

Malcolm Warrand joined KMLabs in August of 2016, with Global responsibility for Sales, Service and Marketing for Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories (KMLabs) Inc. Prior 10 years experience was for FEI Company, a world leader in electron microscopy manufacture and sales ending as Director of Sales and Service in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. There he headed up a sales group consisting of direct sales and a number of distribution channels with agents and distributors that delivered more than 50 million $ in revenue in a diverse markets of material science, life science and semi-conductor industry. This was supported by a service organisation of more than 20 service engineers that reported under him. He has a Masters Degree in Polymer Science from Stellenbosch University.

Sterling J. Backus, Chief Scientist

Dr. Sterling Backus is well known as a pioneering developer of new ultrafast laser technologies. He has been full-time with KMLabs since 2002, as well being as an Adjunct Professor in the ECE Department at Colorado State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees, in Physics and a PhD in Engineering Science from Washington State University in 1996. His work in the development of high peak-and-average power ultrafast Ti:sapphire lasers, and the use of cryogenic cooling for ultrafast laser systems, forms the basis for many of KMLabs’ products. Sterling is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a U.S. Army veteran, and has served on program committees for numerous conferences in the field.