Bill Stuart, President and CEO of Photodigm, Joins the Southern Methodist University Lyle School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board

Mandy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Communications About The Author

Thu, Jan 12, 2023 @ 08:56 AM

Stuart, who leads a semiconductor manufacturing company headquartered in Richardson, Texas, joins executives from Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, BCG, and Ericsson on SMU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. The board provides guidance and ensures the success of future graduates and professionals.

JANUARY 12, 2023 (DALLAS, TX) –– The Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU) announced today that Bill Stuart, President and CEO of Photodigm, has joined their Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board to contribute alongside other key industry leaders from companies such as Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, BCG, and Ericsson.

Stuart has served as President and CEO of Photodigm since July 2021. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, and originally a spin-off from SMU, Photodigm is the only 100% U.S.-based commercial manufacturer of semiconductor Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) laser diodes with a global clientele of corporations, government entities, space programs, research labs, and universities. Prior to Photodigm, Stuart cultivated a unique blend of management and leadership skills as a C-suite executive for over 20 years in addition to being a private venture capital investor, where he invested in and managed several successful start-ups.

“It's an honor to be asked; I am hoping I can contribute in a real way to such a prestigious engineering school,” said Bill Stuart, President and CEO of Photodigm. “The collaboration of private industry with world-class universities is imperative for the development of world-class engineering leaders facing tomorrow’s challenges.”

“We are honored and excited to have Bill join our advisory board and we look forward to how we can team with Photodigm to strengthen our programs,” said Joe Camp, interim department chair of SMU Lyle’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

The primary objective of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board is to provide external, professional perspective and guidance and ensure that the department continues to support and deliver internationally recognized engineering leaders.


ABOUT PHOTODIGM, INC: For over 20 years Photodigm, Inc. has been the only 100% U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturer of single spatial and longitudinal mode Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) laser diodes. DBR lasers are essential to quantum sensing and atomic clock manufacturers, optical metrology and sensing, and laser spectroscopy. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, they design and produce fixed wavelength diode lasers best known for their accuracy and reliability. Learn more at

ABOUT SMU: SMU is the nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 students in eight degree-granting schools demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit as they lead change in their professions, community and the world. 

ABOUT THE BOBBY B. LYLE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING: SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master's and doctoral degrees. The SMU Lyle School of Engineering is committed to developing the new American engineer, one prepared to excel and lead in creating new economic opportunities while meeting the most difficult challenges facing society.

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Mandy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Communications at Photodigm