Onyx Optics Management

The management team of Onyx Optics, Inc. is committed to efficient manufacture of components for both R&D and production phases.

David Meissner, President

David Meissner is responsible for New Business Development, corporate strategy and management of facilities. He oversees operations and ensures continued improvement of systems, processes and policies in support of long-term operational excellence. David manages and develops various government and defense contracts and is involved in commercial sales. Mr. Meissner is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, specializing in Business (BS, 2000) and Communications (BS, 2000).

Dr. Helmuth Meissner, Founder and CTO

Dr. Meissner founded Onyx Optics, Inc. in 1992 and has extensive experience in providing leadership in the pursuit and commercialization of innovative technical ideas starting from concept to final product. Dr. Meissner is the inventor of diffusion bonding of single crystals for laser and optical applications, of solid state laser components with undoped end sections and waveguide lasers. His work in materials science and composite solid state lasers has led to 6 issued U.S. patents on solid state lasers employing diffusion or optically bonded crystal or glass components. These composite structures of crystals and glasses have been recognized throughout the world as a new design tool for solid state laser engineering that have enabled power scaling and laser performance inaccessible with conventional non-composite architectures.

Stephanie Meissner, CEO and Production Manager

Stephanie is responsible for supervising all aspects of Onyx’s financial strategies, processes, and operations. Her key focus is to continue to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Onyx's manufacturing in order to meet and exceed customer needs. Stephanie is also responsible for the administration of government contracts. She is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (BA, 1997) and Regis University (MBA, 2007).

Lesley Reo, Sales & Marketing Manager

Lesley currently directs the sale of all AFB® components for commercial and defense applications, both nationally and internationally. She is often present at industry events and is the main point-of-contact for obtaining an Onyx quotation. Lesley also contributes to the creation and implementation of advertising, promotional, and marketing strategies for the company. She is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (BS, 2003) and has been with Onyx for almost twelve years.

Da Li – Electro-Optics Scientist/Engineer

Da Li has 5+ years of hands-on experience on optical system design, system integration, and optical alignment/calibration methodologies. He obtained his Doctorate from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA in March 2015 and his background includes solid expertise in the field of periodically poled crystals. He is a rigid theorist with in-depth knowledge of nonlinear optics, lasers, fiber optics, and nonlinear mediums. At Onyx he supports the research, modeling and development of innovative optoelectronic components and devices through the application of Onyx Optics' AFB® technology.

Robert Rodriguez – Senior Plant Engineer

Robert directs the maintenance team and ensures that Onyx’s equipment is continuously operable. He identifies and plans the installation of new and used plant equipment and machinery. He also assists in the design and fabrication of optical fixtures and works closely with production personnel to improve current production processes. Robert is a graduate of San Jose State University (B.S.M.E., 2003) and has been supporting Onyx since 2004.