Benoit Appert-Collin graduated from the Institut d'Optique Graduate School Executive MBA and CPA ESC-Toulouse. He began his career as a sales engineer at Photonetics. In 2002 he joined the Aquitaine region to create, along with some local actors including Professor Andre Ducasse, the new association ALPhA (Aquitaine Laser Photonics and applications). He put together the application for the seal of approval for the Route des Lasers competitiveness cluster and participated in the creation of ALPhANOV. He has been its director since its inception in 2007.
Laser Micromachining department: Rainer KLING
Rainer Kling holds a PhD from the Institute for Plasma Physics at the University of Hannover. Before joining ALPhANOV in 2011, he ran the Department of Production and Systems Technology at Laser Zentrum (LZH) in Hanover. A recognized expert, Rainer Kling is responsible for conference sessions at ICALEO and Photonics West and consultant to the Journal of Production Engineering.
Laser sources and components department: Johan BOULLET
Since July 2015, Johan Boullet has been in charge of the component and laser sources business unit at ALPhANOV. He holds a Doctorate on fiber optics and fiber lasers, done at the Xlim laboratory. He then completed his Post-Doctorate at the CELIA laboratory in Bordeaux. This was in collaboration with regional industrialists such as Eolite Systems and Amplitude Systems on microstructured fibers for femtosecond applications.
In 2009, he became the co-founder of Azur Light Systems, supported by ALPhANOV, and where he was the R&D manager for 5 years.
Laser and optical systems department: Sébastien ERMENEUX
Sébastien Ermeneux graduated in Physical Engineering from INSA Rennes. He also holds a PhD in laser materials, and a degree in "senior officer - Innovation and Entrepreneurship" from ESCP Europe. He joined ALPhANOV in 2007 after successive positions as Product Manager at Highwave Optical Technologies, responsible for the development of an amplifier product line at Alcatel Optronics, and in charge of marketing at Eolite Systems.
Sales and marketing department: Arnaud ZOUBIR
Arnaud Zoubir joined ALPhANOV in 2011. He holds an engineering degree from ENSCPB, and a PhD in Optics from CREOL / University of Central Florida. His research led him to the Australian National University, and to the Osaka University. He then went back to France where he spent five years at HORIBA Jobin Yvon as sales manager for the Research market.