Ocean Optics Team Member Wins Global Technology Award

Nelson Chandler takes £20K top prize from multi-national technology company
Dunedin, Florida (May 12, 2011) – Ocean Optics is pleased to announce that Nelson Chandler has been awarded the Gold Award for Innovation from its parent company, Halma p.l.c.  The award recognizes technology advancements made by individuals at Halma subsidiaries that have a significant impact on the company’s success.

Nelson Chandler accepts the Gold Award for Innovation from Halma Chairman Geoff Unwin.

Nelson Chandler accepts the Gold Award for Innovation from Halma Chairman Geoff Unwin.

Halma believes that encouraging innovation and unique ideas is a key factor in its success.  The awards committee looks for creative new ways of doing things to improve a company’s products or operations and rewards the individuals with the determination to bring them to fruition.

Chandler received the £20K (USD $32K) Gold Award for Innovation, beating out 38 other entries from 22 companies in 6 countries. A software engineer at Ocean Optics, Chandler revamped the testing and calibration process for the company’s spectroscopy products, making it quicker and more reliable.  By developing original software and modifying hardware equipment, he was able to make processing eight times faster, while improving consistency and quality. 

Typically Innovation Award submissions involve a team of individuals working together. Chandler’s achievement is particularly impressive as he is the sole person responsible for the improvements made. He received his B.S. in Software Engineering Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi and has been with Ocean Optics since 2007.

Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics makes products for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter.  With locations in Asia and Europe, the company has sold more than 150,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics.

Based in the United Kingdom, Halma is a holding company of almost 50 worldwide subsidiaries that develop and manufacture products to improve quality of life for people worldwide. The company’s business groups focus on industrial safety, health and analysis and infrastructure sensors.

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