CDA offers R&D Coaching in the following areas for clients that have internal design, fabrication, assembly, and integration capabilities:

Optical technology and related product development

Competitive Technology, patent research, and IP development

R&D strategy and process  development

Sourcing of key vendors

Preliminary manufacturing strategy and process development


CDA also offer coaching for technologists to help them transition into management positions. Here experienced feedback and individualized coaching support can help guide potential technical R&D leaders. By developing good management practices and relationship skills early it is easier to achieve technical management success. Experience can be cheap if you are smart enough to get it secondhand from someone who has been there before!


My optical R&D innovation expertise, capabilities, and current publications help accelerate the development of new technology. My broad R&D experience with optical technology can be applied to your technology developments to reduce risk and provide increased value.

Curt Deckert

Prior to beginning my consulting practice 37 years ago, Curt Deckert acquired valuable experience working for Northrop, CalComp, Ford Aerospace, and Abbott Labs. Since then I have consulted with over 140 companies. Now as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) directing the Orange County Technology SIG I have additional academic, commercial, and potential strategic partner  innovation resources.