Grant joined Kopp Glass in 2008 as President and CEO. Since then, he has relentlessly driven the company toward leveraging and reinvigorating its core competencies and being the best in the world at manufacturing hand molded, specially formulated technical glasses for unique industrial applications. To him, being the best boils down to doing a handful of very important things flawlessly and living our core values every day. Grant has more than 40 years of experience in finance, business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and other types of complex business transactions in a variety of industries. This extensive experience has given him a unique perspective to leadership. He is a firm believer that any company can only be as great as its people. With this belief guiding him, Grant has focused on processes that emphasize hiring, training, and retaining the best talent available. With a foundation of determined, passionate people with unshakable values, Grant believes we are unstoppable.
As a Senior Account Executive, Darin identifies new opportunities and areas of growth and gives our customers unique insights on how they can become more profitable through product differentiation. With a background in chemical engineering, Darin is a resource to lighting engineers looking to incorporate glass into their designs. Darin earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and soon after began working at Kopp Glass. Over the past 16 years, Darin has worked closely with our customers and is always available to discuss the latest aerospace news or the next innovative light-based technology. He is also an active participant of several SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Committees. An adventurer, Darin is always on the go and spends his free time traveling, hiking, surfing, and skiing. In all situations, he enjoys meeting new people and learning their story.
Jim started at Kopp Glass in 1996 as a Quality Engineer. Since then, he’s implemented process improvements that have elevated Kopp Glass to a new standard of quality. As Director of Quality & Process Improvement, Jim collaborates with customers and provides design recommendations that decrease manufacturing costs, improve performance, and result in groundbreaking designs that set our customers apart. Jim is our resident aviation geek with over 17 years of experience engineering, manufacturing, and testing aircraft lenses for a wide variety of aerospace applications ranging from the small piston powered aircrafts to the iconic Concorde, to numerous military platforms. In his quest to ensure high-quality products for the aerospace industry, he has been a contributing author to SAE AIR5689: Light Transmitting Glass Covers for Exterior Aircraft Lighting. Jim resides in Monroeville, PA with his wife of 12 years, Lindsay, their 2 year old son Casey, and their dog Ike. Jim spends most of his free time at home chasing a crazy toddler, remodeling his home, or restoring cars.
Adam joined Kopp Glass in 2009 after graduating from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Materials Engineering. In 2013, he completed his Masters of Science (M.S.) in Materials Science from Alfred University. The emergence of LEDs and other lighting technologies has introduced complex challenges to the lighting industry. As the Manager of Research and Engineering, Adam works closely with our engineers and production team to develop new glass compositions that meet our customer's color and transmittance requirements, while ensuring efficiency. Forever a glass advocate, he passionately explores new materials and technologies that will leverage glass manufacturing into exciting new markets. When not at work, Adam can be found jogging the streets of Pittsburgh, golfing, working on his new home, or cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Buffalo Bills.
Brian is inquisitive by nature; he always looks for new ways to solve problems. In his mind, there is always room for improvement. As a Senior Product Development Engineer at Kopp Glass, Brian’s work focuses on optical lens design, glass and light source selection, and lens fixture design. His background in mechanical engineering has given him a unique perspective for optical engineering. He enjoys collaborating with customers to design lenses that perform better.
Brian earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Robert Morris University (RMU) and is currently completing his Masters in Engineering Management at RMU. A native of Pittsburgh, Brian is an avid hockey fan; when he’s not watching the game, you can find him coaching local hockey teams.
Justine recently joined Kopp Glass after spending almost a decade researching glass. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where her work focused on the relationship between glass composition and photoelastic properties.
As a Glass Engineer, Justine applies her lab research to large-scale glass production challenges. She designs and improves glass compositions to increase manufacturability and quality. Her passion for glass and light drives her to develop new compositions that push the boundaries of technical glass manufacturing.
As a recent transplant to Pittsburgh, Justine can often be found exploring one of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.