Profile

Allison Lami Sawyer
CEO and Co-founder, Rebellion Photonics

Allison Lami Sawyer is the CEO and co-founder of Rebellion Photonics, an advanced optics company spun out of Rice University in 2009. Rebellion Photonics is commercializing their unique snap-shot hyperspectral imaging technology that is used for chemical imaging video cameras for industries such as safety, defense, and biological research. In 2012, the company launched its Gas Cloud Imaging camera for continuous monitoring of dangerous gas leaks for the oil and gas industry. The unique Gas Cloud Imaging camera images gas leaks in real-time so that leaks can be fixed more quickly while at the same time dramatically reducing false alarms caused by traditional point detectors. In 2013, Rebellion Photonics competed against 24 other companies to win Wall Street Journal’s “Startup of the Year.”

Allison has an MBA from Rice University as well as an MSc in Nanoscale Physics from Leeds University in England. Before Rebellion Photonics, Allison worked at the Houston Technology Center, the region’s largest technology start-up incubator. Allison was listed on Inc. Magazine’s ’30 under 30’ list in 2012 and Forbes Magazine’s ’30 under 30’ list in 2014.