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Blue Sky Research
510 Alder Dr.
Milpitas, Ca 95035
PH: (408)941-6068
Fax: (408)941-04061

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About Blue Sky Research

Blue Sky Research is a leading developer of innovative laser diode based products & Systems which are robust, reliable and able to be seamlessly integrated into a variety of commercial platforms.  Our product technology merges “intelligent” control, small form factors and excellent optical performance into a Best-of-class laser diode solution.

During the 20 years we have deployed over 500,000 lasers and we have maintained our reputation for advanced and cost effective laser diode solutions; our high quality has remained consistent, making us a trusted source for laser integrators worldwide.

We engineer and manufacture custom semiconductor laser modules and systems. Our goal is to deliver uncompromising performance at the best possible value

Blue Sky Research is dedicated to development and manufacture of innovative semiconductor laser products and solutions which optimize performance at the best possible value.

Our Mission & Philosophy

Blue Sky Research is dedicated to the development and manufacture of innovative semiconductor lasers products and solutions which optimize performance at the best possible value.  We will strive to earn our customers trust and loyalty by; listening carefully to their needs, providing cost effective, quality solutions to enhance their competitive position, investing to improve the services we provide, and building a stimulating, ethical environment in which our employees can learn, grow and prosper.

We will apply our innovative electro-optical technology to enhance our customer’s products, market share and profitability.  We will continuously strive to improve the experience of working with our company.  We believe collaborative innovation delivers true business value.


Our Core Values

  • Commitment to Excellence in Customer Service
  • Open, timely, and accurate communication
  • Working flexibly with our Customers
  • Providing excellent performing, reliable and innovative products

The Executive Team

Chris Gladding
President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Gladding joined Blue Sky Research in 2002 with over 18 years of multinational sales and marketing experience in the photonics and fiber optics industries. Before Blue Sky Research, Gladding was Senior Director of Global Accounts for JDS Uniphase, where he was responsible for all aspects of JDSU’s business with all Cisco Systems sites and acquisitions worldwide. Prior to JDS Uniphase, Chris held the position of Senior Director of North American Sales for E-TEK Dynamics, and was part of the management team that successfully steered E-TEK’s growth through an IPO that ultimately culminated in an $18 billion merger with JDS Uniphase. Earlier, Gladding was Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Laser Diode, Inc. (now part of Tyco), and a manufacturer of active fiber optic components including lasers, detectors, transmitters and receivers. Gladding has also held strategic sales positions with Optilas Ltd, R.R. Electronics (now Arrow), and Optronics, Ltd., all located in the UK.

Gladding is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Diploma in Advanced Engineering Mathematics.


Sandip (Bill) Basu
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Bill Basu joined Blue Sky Research in 2001, bringing over 17 years of financial experience with semiconductor and telecommunications companies. Basu came to Blue Sky Research from his position as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Avistar Communications, a video networking company. At Avistar, Basu was responsible for all financial planning and played a key role in guiding the company through a successful IPO in 2000. Prior to Avistar, Basu was CFO and VP of Operations at Intalk Inc., a wireless LAN company that was acquired by Nokia in 1999. Earlier, he held the position of Director of Finance and Operations at Silicon Systems, a data storage semiconductor company that was acquired by Texas Instruments in 1998.

Basu holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Santa Clara, and a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto.


Joe Kulakofsky
Vice President of Applications and Product Engineering

Joe Kulakofsky joined Blue Sky Research in April, 2003, bringing over 20 years of engineering and marketing experience in the photonics, telecommunications and fiber optics industries. Kulakofsky is currently responsible for extending Blue Sky Research’s laser engineering and manufacturing capabilities, defining and developing products that exceed customer requirements. Prior to Blue Sky Research, Kulakofsky was Director of the Technical Product Support Group at JDS Uniphase, where he handled all aspects of customer applications engineering and technical support. He previously served as manager of Technical Services and Applications Engineering for E-TEK Dynamics, and assisted in taking the company public through an IPO. Additionally, Kulakofsky has held several key marketing and technical positions with AT&T Microelectronics in the United States and Tokyo, Japan.

Kulakofsky holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, School of Applied and Engineering Physics.

Quality and Customer Service

We recognize that our products are an important link within our OEM customers’ applications and the data their commercial equipment provides. We also acknowledge that in many cases our products play an important role in the diagnosis and intervention of human illness.  That is why we are dedicated to holding ourselves to the highest possible standards of ethics, quality, and Customer Service.  Please contact our CEO, Chris Gladding, if you have any concerns, comments or questions.
Blue Sky Research’s corporate & manufacturing headquarters in Milpitas, California, is ISO 9001 certified. Blue Sky Research employs a strict global quality program that is monitored by experienced staff and supported by the most innovative optical testing available.

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