The Distant Focus team is a group of dedicated individuals doing what we love to do. Our expertise in Optical, Mechanical, Electrical, and Software engineering allows us to tackle complex problems.

Ronald A. Stack, CEO

Ron is one of the founders of Distant Focus Corporation. During the early years at Distant Focus he also served as a Visiting Research Engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 2001 to 2006. Prior to the creation of Distant Focus he was a full time research engineer at UIUC from 1997 through 2001. During this time Ron was in charge of optical system design, Beowulf supercomputer design, and sensor network development at UIUC's Photonic Systems Group at the Beckman Institute. Ron received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1995 and 1997 respectively.

Prior to Ron's academic career he worked for 8 years at McCain Manufacturing Corporation, a leading manufacturer in high end book binding machinery throughout the world. During this time, he worked closely with engineering and manufacturing helping with modifications in product design to improve functionality and performance of the product. This experience has given him a unique perspective on system design and an ability to get a deliverable out the door.


Rick L. Morrison, President

Dr. Morrison is one of the founders of Distant Focus Corporation. Dr. Morrison is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previous to this, Dr. Morrison was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Morrison received his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University in 1985. Dr. Morrison has devoted over a decade to support Bell Laboratories' research and development of free-space photonic technology. He was a team member in Dr. David Brady's Illinois Interferometric Imaging Initiative from 1998 through 2001. Dr. Morrison has developed considerable expertise in computer automation, diffractive optic simulation and design, tomographic modeling, 3-D visualization, and distributed sensor array applications.


Adam Johnson, Engineering Manager

Adam Johnson received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2008. He has extensive experience designing optical and optomechanical systems, as well as managing complex engineering projects. Before graduation Adam worked in a machine shop and as an engineering consultant on medical device assemblies.