Photograph of Neal Evans. Copyright 2016 Neal Evans.

Neal Evans is chief technology officer at Help Lighting, a virtual presence and merged reality technology company. His interests include artificial intelligence, computational physics, and evolutionary algorithms. His contributions range from the theoretical to the practical, including advances in machine learning, physics, and theoretical optics, and application of these concepts to health informatics. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He has published in scientific journals and books. Neal has served on boards for PointClear Solutions and the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, and volunteers for Carpenter’s Hands in Birmingham, Alabama.

Contact Information

Neal C. Evans, Jr.
Chief Technology Officer
Help Lightning
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
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Selected Publications

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Published Software and Code

Research Topics

  • Application of Machine Learning Techniques such as Genetic Algorithms to Theoretical Optics and Computational Physics
  • Design of a Parallel Genetic Algorithm
  • Laser Beam Profile Reshaping



  • U.S. Department of Education Graduate Fellowship in Areas of National Need, 1994-1999.