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Bob Householder
Principal at Five Talent Consulting
United States, Austin
www.askvisory.com/bobhouseholder

Why you should speak with me:

Bob has more than 20 years experience in LED and optical product development and has a unique perspective in these markets.

Summary:

Technical LED lighting and optical systems professional with a dual focus of light management and optical product development. Hands on manager with multi-region development team experience. Creative problem solver and inventor with proven IP portfolio creation and management success. Several issued and pending patents in the areas of lens and illumination systems. Invited speaker presenting yearly at major lighting and LED specific venues.

Specialties: LED and optical product development, executive management, business development, product marketing, design outsourcing, project management, cross-functional teams, optical design, lens design, illumination design, software tools: Photopia, ASAP, Rhino, Zemax and Optalix.

Career History

Enterprise:
Five Talent Consulting 
Position:
Principal 
Summary:
LED illumination and optical product development. Intellectual property management, creation and analysis. Market and product strategy services. Creative lens and LED illumination design expertise. Mechanical and electrical design to support optical and LED product development. Rapid prototyping, strategic sourcing, design for manufacturability through high volume production.  
Year:
Jan 2003 – Present
Enterprise:
Universal Lighting Technologies 
Position:
Director, LED Solutions Engineering  
Summary:
LED product development with a focus on electro-optics, thermal design and systems engineering, delivering innovative OEM and standard products  
Year:
Jan 2011 – Mar 2016
Enterprise:
Fraen Corp. 
Position:
Director of R&D 
Summary:
Optics and optical systems for LED lighting, all areas with world-wide reach 
Year:
May 2006 – Jan 2011
Enterprise:
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy 
Position:
Manager, Manufacturing Product Development for Optics 
Summary:
Optical expert in new product introduction for world class medical optics and visualization products. 
Year:
Jul 2003 – May 2006
Enterprise:
Innovations in Optics 
Position:
Engineering Manager 
Summary:
Consulting engineering to develop novel optical and LED medical devices. 
Year:
Jan 2000 – May 2003

Education & Qualifications

University:
Rochester Institute of Technology 
Degree:
Bachelor's of Science in Imaging Science 
Year:
1992 
University:
Tuft's University 
Degree:
Master's of Science in Electro-Optics 
Year:
1999 

Other Qualifications & Awards

Languages Spoken

  • English
Industry Focus:
Industrials
Energy & Utilities
Business Areas:
Strategy & Business Advisory
Other

Key Skills:

product strategy
product development
optics
LED lighting
LED optics

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