Year Inducted / Awarded: 2004
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Dr. Anthony DeMaria is Chief Scientist with Coherent-DEOS, LLC, Bloomfield, CT, which manufactures lasers for remote sensing and infrared counter-measures and employs approximately 170 staff members. He is also a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence in the University of Connecticuts Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. Dr. DeMaria founded DeMaria Electro-Optics Systems, Inc. (DEOS) in 1994 after purchasing intellectual property of the CO2 laser unit of Hamilton Standard. He was chairman and CEO of DEOS, polishing the company into the worlds leading manufacturer of sealed-off, RF excited waveguide CO2 lasers for industrial and governmental applications. The company was purchased in 2001 by Coherent, Inc. Before founding DEOS, Dr. DeMaria devoted 37 years of his career to the Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sundstrand) division of United Technologies Corporation and to the United Technologies Research Center. He is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering (1976) and the National Academy of Sciences (1997), the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of many named awards. He received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1983. Dr. DeMaria has served as an inventor on 45 U.S. patents.