From pioneering laser radar to full time philanthropist, Dr. Allan Carswell will share his extraordinary entrepreneurial journey with highlights and lessons learned along the way.
Dr. Carswell’s decades-long research and business career has been as bright, focused and intense as the subject of that career: lasers. The world-renowned physicist pioneered laser radar, or LiDAR (light detection and ranging), a remote sensing and environmental diagnostics technology that has dramatically improved how we map physical features on the Earth’s surface, as well as below and beyond it.
Dr. Carswell was a Professor of Physics at York University, where he conducted laser research. In 1974, Carswell founded Optech and led the company from its inception. He became Chairman of the Board of Optech in 2000. Carswell founded Optech to develop the more practical applications of lidar systems, and the company has since grown to become a world leader in laser ranging applications, because of its widely recognized expertise in advanced electro-optical systems. Since 2015 Optech is now owned by Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Teledyne Optech is based in Toronto, Canada, with offices in the USA, Europe and China and representatives worldwide.
He is author of over 250 scientific and technical publications and has won awards for achievements in R&D, Innovation, Space Science, Entrepreneurship and Engineering & Construction Technology. Dr. Carswell is also Founder and President of the Carswell Family Foundation supporting community work in Education and Health Care.