LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FARO Technologies, Inc., (Nasdaq: FARO) the world leader in 3D measurement and imaging solutions, announced today that Dr. Bernd Becker has been named to the newly created position of Chief Technology Strategist and Evangelist, reporting directly to Jay Freeland, President and CEO. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110415/MM84316LOGO ) In his role, Dr. Becker will be responsible for driving the Company's overall 3D technology strategic vision, focusing on identifying new development paths for the Company's existing products as well as new products and applications that could provide a new generation of growth in the continually expanding 3D market. It is also expected that Dr. Becker will play a key role in the identification and evaluation of M&A opportunities. "FARO is preparing for a new phase of disruptive growth and Bernd will be instrumental in helping drive that. He will collaborate closely with me as well as our product management and engineering leaders to drive the strategy forward aggressively," stated Mr. Freeland. Dr. Becker came to FARO as one of the co-founders of iQvolution, a cutting edge Laser Scanner company, and together with his brother, Dr. Reinhard Becker, FARO's current engineering leader for the FARO Laser Scanner and co-founder of iQvolution, created one of the most disruptive products the 3D measurement space has ever seen. Bernd holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, a Master's Degree in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a PhD from the University of Stuttgart. In addition to spending 14 years as a scientific engineer at the esteemed Fraunhofer Institute, Bernd, along with his brother Reinhard, was also a co-founder of Aesop, a company which they sold to Tecnomatix before starting iQvolution in 2001. About FARO FARO is the world's most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.