Deegan is Director of Technology R&D at Rochester Precision Optics, where he leads the development of new technologies in support of RPO’s strategic growth roadmap. He has held number of positions both at RPO and Kodak including Engineering Manager, Opto-Mechanical Design Engineer, and Metrology Engineer, totaling 32 years of experience in the industry with specific emphasis on theory, design, and operation of glass molding techniques and processes. 

During his tenure at RPO, John has had the opportunity to lead several specialized projects as a Program Manager and/or Principal Investigator on SBIR & STTR governmental contracts with DARPA, Army, Air Force, and Navy affiliations. Specific research and development areas have included innovating the glass molding tooling offerings, process techniques for expanding the selection of moldable materials, increasing of overall molding size, and achieving molded features into and on the surfaces of optical lens elements. He has published and presented over fifteen papers and talks at SPIE conferences. In addition to publication, John has been an active member within SPIE and APOMA, serving on the conference committee to Optifab as well as chairing numerous sessions at various SPIE conferences including DCS.

John brings his bring many years of practical experience to assist with promoting the excellence of Rochester’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry, while developing its future workforce through guidance and knowledge. John is passionate about advocating for a national collaboration between business leaders and higher educational institutions to support the need for mentoring and advanced training for young technicians and engineers to support the optics industry’s need for replenishing the workforce with skilled personnel. He feels that it is important to promote worldwide awareness about the lack of skilled personnel to support the Optics industry. He believes that it is vital for the RRPC to make connections and to develop international partnerships — both industrial and educational —to address this essential need.