Pat Harris, Course Director

Pat Harris, Senior Instructor for Laser SafetyPat Harris turned an early fascination with science into a distinguished career in laser engineering. After graduating from Texas State Technical Institute in 1977, Pat joined Korad Inc. in Santa Monica and launched a professional trajectory that has involved some of the nation’s top technology firms as well as his own start-up company.

In his engineering positions with Lumonics, Cincinnati Incorporated, Coherent General, and more recently Santa Barbara Infrared Inc., Pat has consistently demonstrated innovation, creativity, and initiative, developing new designs and processes that have placed him at the cutting-edge of applied laser technology.

He is a Certified Laser Safety Officer and creator of EASY HAZ™ Laser Hazard Analysis Software.

Eddie Ciprazo, Course Instructor

Eddie Ciprazo, Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO), has over 25 years of experience in ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation and laser safety. He joined the University of California Berkeley in 1988.

As a practicing full-time LSO, Eddie performs all the duties and responsibilities outlined in ANSI Z136.1 “Safe Use of Lasers” standard, including developing, implementing, and maintaining operations and documentation for UC Berkeley; assures all federal, state and local regulatory requirements are met; maintains an up-to-date inventory of all laser systems and a Laser Use Authorization Program. He routinely provides laser users general and/or specific training and performs laser safety audits.

He earned his CLSO status in 2002 and currently is Operations Officer for Bay Area Laser Safety Officers (BALSO) and a past member of the Board of Laser Safety (BLS).

R. DeWayne Holcomb, Course Instructor

DeWayne Holcomb began his career in Radiation Protection while serving in the US Navy aboard a nuclear submarine.  He has been engaged in implementing laser safety since the late 1980s, while working at NASA and the University of California, Berkeley.  He was the LSO for Honeywell-Measurex in Cupertino, CA, an industrial controls manufacturer, in the late 1990s.

He is currently the Laser Safety Manager for the University of Texas at Austin, home of some of the highest energy lasers in university research.  DeWayne has implemented laser safety for projects ranging from large wind tunnels to airborne lasers to microscopes.

He completed his B.S. in Technology (Radiation Protection) from Excelsior College, is a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) and a Certified Health Physicist.

Judi Reilly, Course Instructor

Judi Reilly, BS Health Service Administration, MS Radiological Science, and Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO), joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1984 as an Environmental Health & Safety Officer managing the use of radioactive material, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and laser safety duties.

Judi currently serves on the ANSI Z136.8 “Safe Use of Lasers in Research and Development or Testing” technical committee and is a member of the Laser Institute of America and Health Physics Society.

Steve Snay, Course Instructor

Steve Snay, Ph.D. in BMEBT, M.S. Radiological Science, B.S. in Physics, and Certified Health Physicist, joined the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2004 as the Director of Radiation Safety where he serves as the Radiation Safety Officer and Laser Safety Officer.

Steve directs the implementation of the UMass Lowell type A broad scope license and oversees the proper radioactive material and laser use by all laboratories. As a practicing LSO he performs all the duties and responsibilities outlined in ANSI Z136.1 “Safe Use of Lasers” standard, including establishing adequate policies and procedures for controls; hazard evaluation; recommending and inspecting personal protective equipment (PPE); laser safety training, record keeping and periodic audits and inspections.

Steve also was instrumental in assisting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts rewrite regulations for laser safety. He became a Certified Health Physicist (CHP) in 2011 and has served as President of the New England Chapter Health Physics Society.

Johnny Jones, Course Consultant

Johnny Jones, Laser Safety Course DirectorJohnny Jones, M.S. Physics, has thirty-eight years experience in laser technology and technical education. He is a Certified Laser Safety Officer and a member of the ANSI Control Measures Subcommittee. His broad range of practical experience and strong teaching skills make him uniquely qualified to provide exceptional laser safety training. Mr. Jones has more than twenty-five years experience as a hands-on laser user.

As a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and SRI International he developed many laser systems including KrF lasers for fusion research, lidar for remote chemical detection, Alexandrite lasers for isotope separation, and a variety of military laser systems. He has worked with almost every kind of laser and has a range of real world laser experience that can be matched by few.

Johnny taught laser technology at Texas State Technical College for five years, served as Department Chairman of the Laser Electro-Optics Department, and played a key role in developing the first laser technician training program in the country. He began teaching laser safety in 1973 and has made teaching laser safety his primary activity for the last ten years. He has consistently been very highly rated in student surveys.

He has extensive experience in applying laser safety in a wide variety of work situations. He had primary laser safety responsibility for numerous research projects including field tests of military lasers and was Division Laser Safety Officer for the largest laser using division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

For thirty years, he consulted for industrial, research, and educational organizations in developing laser safety programs. Johnny has extensive experience designing educational systems and instructional materials. He has designed technician training programs and short courses, designed and produced a wide variety of training materials, authored or co-authored several technician training texts, conducted teacher training workshops, and assisted numerous organizations in developing training programs.

He used his experience to develop new course materials and design courses for Laser-Professionals Inc. that are more effective than any previously available.