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Dr. Anish Goyal Joins Block Engineering as VP of Technology

Marlborough, MA – January 21, 2014

Block Engineering, the leading manufacturer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) and miniaturized FTIR based infrared spectroscopy solutions, announced today that Dr. Anish Goyal has joined the company as the new Vice President of Technology. Dr. Goyal will lead all aspects of technology development, assessment and demonstration of new commercial and government applications, and establishment of corporate technology strategies.

Dr. Petros Kotidis, CEO of Block Engineering, commented, "I am delighted to welcome Dr. Goyal to Block during these exciting times of rapid growth. Block is continuing its pioneering work in the development and introduction of QCL-based infrared spectrometers and has opened very promising new markets and applications. Dr. Goyal has an impressive technical background and demonstrated deep understanding of the technologies related to our infrared spectroscopy products, and he will be instrumental in our efforts to grow the company."

Dr. Goyal added, "I believe that QCLs are a technology area destined for significant growth. Block is a forward-thinking company that is leading the way in developing QCL-related technologies and applications that will become important in many markets. I am very excited to be part of the first-rate team at Block and I look forward to contributing to its success."

Dr. Goyal joins Block from MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he was a member of the Technical Staff in the Laser Technology and Applications Group. During his tenure at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he led many programs related to Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs), Hyperspectral Imaging, Standoff Chemical Detection, and the development of unique mid-infrared high-power lasers. As a recognized leader in these fields, he has worked with some of the best in the world in QCLs and has been invited to write a chapter on Hyperspectral Imaging in a soon to be published book on Standoff Detection of Explosives.

Prior to MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Goyal has worked at Polaroid Corporation where he developed novel laser sources, AT&T Bell Labs, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Goyal holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in Solid-State Device Technology, and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and has more than 30 publications and four patents.

About Block Engineering, LLC:

Founded in 1956, Block Engineering, LLC is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) and FTIR spectrometers for commercial, industrial, military and government customers. Block's Mobile Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) system is a fixed site, passive FTIR spectrometer offered in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corp. Block's PORTHOS (TM) is a portable, passive FTIR spectrometer system that remotely detects chemical threats as far as three miles and protects against chemical warfare agents and weapons of mass destruction. Block's OEM FTIR spectrometers are finding applications in the Oil and Gas Industry for gas analysis and process control. Block Engineering is also manufacturing and selling a line of unique QCL-based spectrometers, including the LaserScan Analyzer, for applications ranging from detection of explosives and liquid/solid chemical warfare agents to control of manufacturing operations and verification of surface conditions in a variety of industrial processes — including drug manufacturing, coating and paints application, and gas analysis. Block also offers the LaserTune product line of QCL-based Infrared Sources for corporate research and academic markets.