Mark Waite, Chief Executive Officer
mwaite [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com
Mark Waite joined Lighthouse Imaging as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. He will be focused on leading the company through its new phase of growth within the minimally invasive surgical medical optics marketplace.
Mr. Waite brings over twenty five years of experience, adding value and helping to build profitable technology companies with significant electronic content and compelling intellectual property. He has worked in leadership roles for both established companies and as the founder of numerous start-up companies. He has built a broad base of experience in markets such as semiconductors, test and measurement, analytical instrumentation, biotechnology, medical communications, broadband networking, geospatial navigation, and power generation.
Just prior to joining Lighthouse Imaging, Mr. Waite founded Launch Momentum, a Maine-based consultancy engaged in mentoring with technology entrepreneurs and providing interim leadership management, business development, marketing, engineering and finance expertise. Before Launch Momentum, he held various engineering and business positions at PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS), Extreme Packet Devices, Toshiba, NotifyMD (Ring Medical), Analogic, Tau-tron, and Symmetricom (FTS).
Mr. Waite received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Technology from the University of Maine and was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society as a Distinguished Engineer Member. He is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
When away from work, Mr. Waite spends his time with his wife and family, is active with supporting local athletic teams, and tries to make time for skiing, flying and sailing.
Dennis C. Leiner, Chief Technology Officer
dcleiner [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com
Dr. Leiner received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Optics in 1975 from The University of Rochester's Institute of Optics. He received his Master's Degree in Optics from the Institute in 1977.
From 1976 to 1978, he was employed by Galileo Electro-Optics Corporation as an optical engineer, where he established and managed an optical laboratory for identifying the performance characteristics of fiber optics used in communications.
Dr. Leiner returned to academia in 1978 to pursue his doctorate. He received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Connecticut in Storrs after researching optical techniques for the diagnosis of middle ear pathologies.
In 1981, he accepted the position of principal optical engineer at Dyonics, Inc., the predecessor of Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, Inc. While at Dyonics, he was responsible for the development of new concepts in medical endoscopy, including the technical management of product development. During his tenure at Dyonics, he designed video endoscopic products, engineered fiberoptic illumination and sensor systems, developed new techniques for the optical characterization of endoscopes, and invented new endoscope designs, resulting in the issuance of several patents.
In 1984 and 1985, Dr. Leiner taught optics at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell while at the same time establishing a medical optics design and consulting company, Leiner Associates, Inc. He left teaching in 1985 to focus full time on the development of Leiner Associates, which was the predecessor of Lighthouse Imaging Corporation. Dr. Leiner is listed as inventor or co-inventor in 14 patents and has published more than 20 papers in the areas of medical optics and optical instrumentation.