NEWTON, NJ -Thorlabs employee and senior materials scientist, Dr. Mohammed Saad visited our very own Newton High School on Tuesday, March 5. During his visit, students were able to ask Saad many questions about 3D printing on the ISS and also speak with him about this year’s FIRST Robotics competition DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE.

With over 30 years of experience in optical materials and fiber optics research, Dr. Saad is considered an expert when it comes to infrared material, infrared fiber, fluoride glass, fiber drawing, and fluoride fiber, especially. He earned his PhD at Rennes University in France, where he held the position of Senior Researcher at Laboratoire des Matériaux Photoniques.

Upon founding IR Photonics in 2003, he was the Head of MIR - the Mid Infrared optical fiber program at Institut National d’Optique (INO) in Quebec City. Mohammed Saad has worked with ThorLabs since January of 2013.

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Currently, he and other individuals from Thorlabs are researching manufacturing fiber optics in zero-gravity conditions found aboard the International Space Station.

Editor's Note: Aaron D'Angelo is the Public Relations Leader for NRT Aperture and a student at Newton High School.