September 16th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter
Dale Zimmerman knows this better than most. As vice president of research and development at MicroVision, he is more than just an engineer – he is a visual scientist. His ability to see beauty in everyday objects and bring them to life for others is reflected not only in his work but a passion outside the job: photography.
For Dale, his work at MicroVision and passion for photography are what he calls “synergistic.” The process of capturing a photograph has pushed Dale to think outside the box and see beauty in objects that may go unnoticed, such as cracks in the dirt or a unique architectural detail of a nearby building. His knowledge and experience in visual display are helpful when he brings an image to print. He can identify what the image needs (such as color, contrast and pixilation) and the technologies and processes to get it there.
Dale’s interest in photography actually started as a side hobby while pursuing his degree in engineering. It wasn’t until years later when he was developing some of the first DLP display solutions at Texas Instruments that he really delved into photography and became immersed in what makes a beautiful image. The emergence of new digital technologies at the time allowed Dale to experiment with light and color to capture vivid photographs. Dale quickly became a skilled photographer and his colorful photographs of landscape, scenery and other abstract objects have been featured in art galleries, exhibits and books over the years.
Dale’s background in photography is also a tremendous asset in his role at MicroVision. His understanding of the importance of light, color and resolution in capturing an image enables him and his team to create display technology that can produce high quality images. Coupled with his background in engineering, Dale’s work is a prime example of how art and science can intersect to breakdown display boundaries.
All images copyright 2013 Dale Zimmerman, published with the permission of Dale Zimmerman.
November 24th, 2009
Sometimes I’m asked by Displayground readers, “what is the work culture like at Microvision?” Well, as defined by our CEO Alexander Tokman, we try to work hard and play hard. On Saturday evening, November 21, the play hard side came out as we celebrated all the work so far that has gone into designing and building the SHOWWX. Over 250 Microvision employees and their guests attended our version of rolling out the red carpet. We enjoyed an evening of comedy and music at the famed Triple Door in downtown Seattle. And, the dancing went well into the late evening!
There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us as we bring on new channels/markets in 2010, but for this one evening we shared with our team members an important message: “Thank you”.
July 20th, 2009
Hello! My name is Meghan and I’m a little new to the Displayground. I work in HR and recently submitted Microvision into Seattle Business magazine’s contest of top 100 companies to work for. Surprise, surprise, Microvision landed at #27 in the mid-size business category. (I think we should have been higher, to be honest).
So how’d we do it?
In Microvision’s culture, we work hard and then we work harder. We encourage employees to invest in themselves and in their careers; employees are given opportunities to set their own potential growth plan with the assistance of managers and HR. We value independent thinking and leadership; and finally we value being innovative! Microvision has one of the strongest patent portfolio’s due in no small part to having a bunch of really smart and business savvy players on our team. It’s the employees that work here who shape our culture into something that is not easy to replicate.
We have a wide range of benefits, we offer a college tuition reimbursement program, discounted gym memberships as well as have a small gym on location, Passport discount card (holy cow there’s a lot of great restaurants that take this card!!!), travel discounts and a café and barista onsite (she rocks!). Our medical, dental, vision, long and short term disability insurance is paid for the employees. Flexible scheduling is our norm and we offer work from home/telecommuting programs as well if a person’s role or responsibilities can support it. We also have an awesome (mostly because I run it) commuter program that gives monthly incentives for alternative commuting.
These are just a few things that set us apart from other companies. Yeah, it’s pretty great around here. I like to brag