IRradiance Glass seeks to expand the market for infrared optical materials, to focus on excellence and creativity in our products, and to value the customer experience.

Management Team

The management team of IRradiance Glass has a unique blend of scientific, managerial, and entrepreneurial experience in industry and academic materials science applications.

  • Dr. J. David Musgraves | Director, President & CEO

    JDM - cropDr. J. David Musgraves was formerly a Research Assistant Professor at Clemson University studying infrared-transparent glasses. The group’s research focused on the development and characterization of glasses for bulk, thin-film, and fiber applications. His individual research was focused on the integration of quantum computational modeling, optical spectroscopy, and thermal analysis as a means to evaluate the evolution of amorphous structure across multiple length scales and to correlate this emergent structure with material properties.

    Dr. Musgraves received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008, where he studied the photocatalysis of sol-gel reactions, using this knowledge to develop and patent a technique for direct-writing physical relief structures from solution. He holds a bachelors degree in Physics from Pomona College, where he was later hired as a Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy.

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  • Ms. Jennifer McKinley | Director and COO

    Jennifer-McKinley-3Ms. Jennifer McKinley holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and an M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Her professional work includes academic research experience studying oxide and chalcogenide glasses at the University’s Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) and industrial experience in materials characterization at Lucent Technologies/Agere Systems, supporting semiconductor manufacturing and research. She was also co-founder and CFO of NanoSpective, Inc., a materials analysis company that specializes in providing scientific evidence for patent infringement cases.

    Her areas of expertise include business operations and system/process implementation, financial projections and project budgeting, cash flow management, resource management interface for manufacturing and research operations, investor relations, government cost accounting compliance, export compliance (EAR/ITAR), and marketing communications and analysis.

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  • Mr. Peter Wachtel | Director and CTO

    PFW headshotMr. Peter Wachtel was previously a Glass Scientist at Kopp Glass Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA. There he was the lead for the Night Vision Compatible Glass (NVC) production line and custom glass developments. In this capacity, he helped to increase the NVC line yields by 16% through implementation of technical seminars, an easy-to-use melt parameter database, and a statistical glass component to property model. His experience in custom glass development ranged from designing filter glasses meeting physical, thermal, and optical customer needs to the modification of the current glass types in production to be RoHS compliant and still meet customer specifications. These glass developments required the melting of glasses on a small lab scale and up scaling the glass melt to full production.

    He was also formerly a Research Assistant in the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL) within The Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) at Clemson University. His responsibilities included support of the GPCL research group on the development of novel infrared transparent glasses and various applications. Mr. Wachtel received his B.S. in Glass Science and Engineering and his M.S. in Glass Science at Alfred University. His thesis work consisted of defining the mechanism behind the Near IR light enhanced gas diffusion of transition metal doped hollow glass microspheres that are to be used as the fuel source in hydrogen fuel cells.

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  • Dr. Kathleen Richardson | Director

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    Dr. Kathleen Richardson is a recognized world leader in infrared glass research and education.  She currently leads the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL) at the University of Central Florida where her team carries out synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for optical applications. She has also previously held tenured positions at Clemson University.

    Her research programs examine the role of structure/property relationships in a range of glass and ceramic media. In addition to supervising research programs in infrared glasses for use in integrated optics applications, her group also has industrial and government-supported research programs evaluating materials for molded optics, the use of non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, and in nano-composites for advanced detection applications. She has authored more than 120 refereed publications, proceedings and book chapters, and has organized and chaired numerous domestic and international meetings within her discipline.

    Professor Richardson is a past-Chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD), past-President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE) and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society (ACers) and an Associate Editor with the International Journal for Applied Glass Science. She has been installed as the president of ACerS for 2014–2015.

    She serves on advisory boards of numerous organizations, including Virginia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, the NSF-ERC on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) at Princeton University and as part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), in Sydney Australia. Since 2006, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.

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