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June 8, 2023

Southborough laser R&D firm appoints president

Photo | Courtesy of Steven Buckley Steve Buckley, president of Block Engineering in Southborough

Southborough-based Block Engineering named photonics veteran Steven Buckley as its new president.

"I've long been following Block's success in developing best-in-class lasers and detection systems, and am delighted to be joining a stellar team to further realize Block's commercialization and development goals,” Buckley said in a Wednesday press release from the firm. “With our robust and broadly-tunable lasers we will continue bringing new detection capabilities to defense-related and commercial applications spanning chemical engineering, biochemistry, and physics."

Buckley most recently served as vice president at Orlando-based Ocean Insight and general manager of that company’s Ocean Applied division, which manufactures industrial-grade photonic measurement systems. He is an engineering graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey, and holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. 

The company’s Chairman and CEO Daniel Cavicchio had been serving functionally as president according to an email from a company spokesperson. 

“[Steve’s] expertise in photonics and spectroscopy will enable him to lead our product sales and commercialization efforts while overseeing development efforts into new biomedical and security applications,” Cavicchio said in the press release. “Steve will also oversee our continued R&D partnerships with the federal government, as well as corporate joint venture activities.” 

Block Engineering and its affiliate Block MEMS develop and manufacture lasers for the life science, industrial, and security/defense industries, including systems that identify chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, explosives residue, and other chemical threats from up to 300 meters away. Block has completed over $40 million in R&D contracts for US government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Department of Defense, according to the press release.

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