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Mike Tatarek

Meet Materion: Mike Tatarek

Mike Tatarek has over 30 years of experience in the optical thin film industry. He brings his extensive background and expertise to the position of Director of Technology at Materion Precision Optics & Thin Film Coatings in Westford and Tyngsboro, MA.

In that role, Mike’s key responsibility involves identifying emerging and enabling technologies that reinforce Materion’s technical development and that support the company’s aggressive growth plans.  Mike also works closely with customers to understand their needs and identify solutions to their problems.   Mike works with Operations and the Strategic Business Unit and reports to VP Robert Naranjo.

As to his work at Materion, Mike comments:  "I enjoy working in the field of thin film optical interference coatings. Where else could I get to work with math, physics, chemistry, mechanics, material science, electro-magnetism, vacuum systems, electron and ion beams, thermodynamics, electronics, and computers - all at the same time?"

Since Mike is well-grounded in physical vapor deposition (PVD), along with support technologies such as spectroscopy, tool design and metrology, he also excels in training and consultation to customers, colleagues, engineers, and operations staff. He appreciates meeting and working with customers from all fields of the filter industry, from producers of blood analyzers to exo-atmospheric kill vehicles.

Mike holds a BS degree in Optics from the University of Rochester, NY, and is a member of several professional organizations including the Optical Society of America (OSA), Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC). Throughout his 19 year career at Materion, Mike specialized in the design and development of thin film processes and products from near  ultra violet (UV) to far infrared (IR) and worked as a product/applications engineer, process engineer, engineering manager/director, and division manager.

Originally from Schenectady, NY, Mike and his wife reside in south central Massachusetts where they raised their two daughters who are now out on their own. He particularly takes pleasure in outdoor activities, like fishing and kayaking, and dabbles in philosophy.