This week we are saying goodbye to James C. Wyant. Jim was a giant in optics and optical metrology for over 40 years, and his guidance shaped many of our lives. As professor, college dean, business leader, and philanthropist, Jim’s teaching and leadership molded the careers of generations of optical engineers. The companies that he helped launch, including WYKO Corporation and 4D Technology, drove the innovations that made our industry what it is today.
Don Cohen and Jim Wyant with a Photonics Circle of Excellence Award.
Without Jim Wyant’s help and support, Michigan Metrology, LLC would never have been launched back in 1994. I am grateful to have been part of the WYKO story, first as a grad student, watching the early years unfold out of the office on Ft. Lowell Rd in Tucson, Arizona, then as a member of Jim’s team developing state-of-the-art optical profilers, and finally in my role today, using what we learned and developed together to help others solve challenging problems.
May his memory be a blessing.
This refrigerator magnet has been moving with me since 1997. Fond memories.