Our Team


Sabine Freisem, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research Programs


Dr. Freisem focuses on identifying the future photonic sensors and sensor systems that should be pursued and supported by the consortium. This includes identifying the applications best leveraged by the materials and process platforms of the consortium, and working to recruit key industry members associated with these next generation products.

For the last nine years, Dr. Freisem has served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the College of Optics and Photonics at UCF where she conducted research and development of new semiconductor epitaxial materials, especially nanostructures for the development of new high power laser diode technologies for military, industrial and space applications. Dr. Freisem has also worked as a senior research scientist for sdPhotonics LLC where she served as principal investigator on numerous Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs performing scientific and technical research into semiconductor laser and detector technologies. Dr. Freisem has and still does act as consultant to support expert witnesses in patent litigation cases for Foley and Lardner law firm.

She has also worked as Senior Publishing Editor for Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer Science and Business Media) in the Netherlands, directing the physics, materials science and engineering publication program into new scientific areas of interest by strategic project acquisitions and collaboration with authors, and book and journal editors.

She has also served as a research scientist and visiting scientist at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Freisem received her Ph.D. in physics from Leiden University in The Netherlands and her M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Darmstadt in German.