Meet Materion: Michael Newell
Introducing Michael Newell, the new Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Materion Precision Optics. While working mainly from the Westford, MA location, Michael will be dedicating time to our Shanghai facility as well.
Michael joined the Materion team in September 2014 and reports to President Robert Naranjo. Asked about his early impression of the company culture, he remarked; “I like the focus on developing innovative technology. The people seem committed to pioneering risks that will grow business opportunities.”
In addition to his Bachelor of Science from the University of Tasmania, Michael has a PhD in Physics (lasers and optics) from the University of Queensland, Australia. He brings to Materion over 20 years of experience in the optics industry, both in the technical and business ends. During his career, he has held such positions as: Director of Engineering, Business Development Manager and Product Line manager. One of his earliest jobs was performing post doctoral work at the optics branch of NASA. There he had the opportunity to work with the staff repairing the Hubble Space telescope.
A native-born Australian, Michael grew up “Down Under” until leaving in 1993. After two years with NASA, he had the opportunity to live and work in Singapore from 1996-1998. After that, he returned to the States where he lived for 16 years in California’s wine country before moving to his current residence in Groton, Massachusetts. In his time away from work, Michael enjoys playing tennis and ballroom dancing with his wife Shari. They have two children and one grandchild.