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the power of small Inventing the Future Rayotek Scientific Inc. San Diego, Calif. Bill Raggio , Founder and Chief Technology Officer “S pace: the final frontier”—we heard those words at the start of each episode of the original “Star Trek” television series, before we ventured into new worlds, saw new life and discovered new civilizations. Meanwhile, in real life and on Earth, Rayotek , a small manufacturer in San Diego, Calif., has pioneered technologies for glass and sapphire products “boldly go[ing] where no man has gone before,” such as its Orion spacecraft windows. In a relatively short time frame, the firm, founded in 1992, hasn’t just rocketed to space, but to the top of its industry, developing solutions for some of the world’s leading brands, such as 3M, Apple, Boeing, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin, as well as MIT, NASA, the U.S. Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of the Navy. Rayotek exemplifies the Power of Small, and so Member Focus sat down with Rayotek’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer Bill Raggio to discuss its trek to success. MF: Spacecraft and submarines—they are two vessels for Rayotek’s products. It has to be exciting to work in this space, but what’s the full picture at Rayotek? Raggio: Rayotek is a glass/glass-assembly engineering and manufacturing company where the engineering focus is inventing new, revolutionary products along with the processes required to make them, followed by the actual manufacturing of these products at our facility. At this time, Rayotek has a number of exciting glass and sapphire product lines, including precision optical laser diffusers; ultra-high-pressure sight windows; submarine, marine, 16 October 2016 · Member Focus aircraft and space windows; massive optics; high-intensity sapphire lamps; and fire shields. All products are invented at Rayotek and in most cases are superior to anything else available on the market. And Rayotek makes high-end public art pieces that involve the integration of artistic glass creations, metals and fluids and structural engineering to make these spectacular works of art.