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Alexis Mendez

MCH Engineering LLC

About Alexis Mendez

Alexis Méndez received a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, in 1992.  He is president of MCH Engineering LLC—a firm specializing in optical fiber sensing technology.  Dr. Méndez was the former Group Leader of the Fiber Optic Sensors Lab within ABB Corporate Research (USA), and former Director of Sensing Solutions at Micron Optics.  He has accumulated over 25 years of experience in optical fiber technology, sensors and photonics.  He has written 70 technical publications, taught multiple short courses on fiber sensing, holds 5 US patents and is recipient of an R&D-100 award.  Dr. Méndez is a Fellow of SPIE and was past Chairman of the 2006 International Optical Fiber Sensors Conference (OFS-18), past Technical Chair of the 2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF-2).  He is co-editor of the “Specialty Optical Fibers Handbook”, co-author of SPIE’s “Fiber Optical Sensors Book—Fundamentals & Applications, 4th Ed.”, and Series Editor for Taylor & Francis book series on Optical Fiber Sensors.

Biomedical Applications of Optical Fibers & Fiber Sensors

Given their EM immunity, intrinsic safety, small size & weight, autoclave compatibility and capability to perform multi-point and multi-parameter sensing remotely, optical fibers and fiberoptic-based sensors are seeing increased acceptance and new uses for a variety of bio-medical applications—from laser delivery systems, to disposable blood gas sensors, to intra-aortic pressure probes, to digital X-rays to name a few.  This tutorial will provide a broad overview on how optical fibers and fiber-based sensors are being utilized in the biomedical arena, highlighting their intrinsic characteristics, advantages and requirements.  Key industry applications, challenges and trends will be discussed, along with their future prospect and overall commercial outlook.
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