Physics & Optical Engineering Faculty Expertise

 
 
Charles Joenathan  

Dr. Charles Joenathan

Areas of Specialization:

  • Optical data processing, Holography, Holographic Optical Elements(HOE)
  • Speckle phenomena and techniques
  • Holographic recording materials
  • Optical component testing, fringe analysis, fiber optic sensor and technology

Research Activities:

  • Interferometry, speckle techniques
  • Electronic speckle pattern interferometry
  • Holography, fiber optic sensor. optical metrology

Industrial Experience:

  • Senior Project Officer, Engineering Design Center (EDC), IIT, Madras, INDIA, Jan. 86-Feb.88
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Stuttgart, Institute for Applied Optics, Germany, July 88-Oct.89 & June 93 - Aug.93
  • Research Associate, Center for Applied Optics Studies, Rose-Hulman, Nov. 89-Aug. 91
  • Visiting Professor, University of La Plata, Argentina
 

Robert Bunch  

Dr. Robert M. Bunch

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fiber Optics
  • Optical Instruments
  • Optical measurements and inspection
  • Light Scattering
  • Solid state physics

Research Activities:

  • Development of optics-based products
  • Optical instrument design and protypes
  • Fiber optic components and systems
  • Fiber optic sensors
  • Image acquisition and image processing

Industrial Experience:

  • Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, California, 1982
  • Naval Avionics Center, Indianapolis, contract on fiber optics, 1988
  • GTE Products Corporation, consultant
  • TASC.NPD Labs, Innovation Fellow
 

Bruce Danner  

Dr. Bruce R. Danner

Retired Faculty
E-mail: Bruce.Danner@Rose-Hulman.edu

 

Richard Ditteon  

Dr. Richard P. Ditteon

Areas of Specialization:

  • Astronomy
  • Geometrical optics and lens design 

Research Activities:

  • Asteroid astrometry
  • Asteroid photometry

Industrial Experience:

  • The Aerospace Corporation, technical staff, 1981-84
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, summer 1991
 

 

Duree Galen  

Dr. Galen C. Duree, Jr.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Photorefractive Phenomena
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Laser Physics

Research Activities:

  • Optically induced waveguides
  • Wavelength Dense Multiplexing using photorefractive materials

Industrial Experience:

  •  Developed a functional prototype of an optical limiter for the Night 
     Vision Lab at Fort Belvoir, VA 1993-1995
 

Granieri , Sergio 2014 (Custom)  

Dr. Sergio C. Granieri

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fourier optics
  • Optical signal processing
  • Fiber optics

Research Activities:

  • Optical processing of RF signals
  • Optical Analog/Digital conversion
  • Fiber Bragg grating fabrication

Research Experience:

  • Visiting researcher, Universidad de Valencia, Spain, 1996
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Centro de Investigaciones Opticas, Argentina, 1998
  • Research associate, WOMBAt project, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2000
 

Elaine Kirkpatrick  

Dr. Elaine M. Kirkpatrick

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fine particle magnetism

Research Activities:

  • Nanostructured thin films and magnetic nanoparticles
 

Scott Kirkpatrick  

Dr. Scott R. Kirkpatrick

Areas of Specialization:

  • Nano Materials
  • Plasma Engineering
  • Thin Film Processing
  • Material Characterization 

Research Activities:

  • Nano self-assemblies
  • Carbon nanotube growth
  • Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems
  • Vacuum Deposition system design and development
  • Energy scavenging systems -
 

Leisher  

Dr. Paul O. Leisher

Areas of Specialization:

  • Optoelectronic devices
  • Laser physics
  • Solid state physics
  • Microfabrication

Research Activities:

  • High power, high efficiency semiconductor lasers
  • External cavity semiconductor lasers
  • Systems of optically combined diode lasers
  • Optoelectronic device reliability
  • Photonic crystals and metamaterials

Industrial Experience:

  • Consultant, 2011-Present
  • Manager of Advanced Technology, nLight Corporation, 2010-2011
  • Senior Device Engineer, nLight Corporation, 2008-2010
  • Device Engineer, nLight Corporation, 2007-2008
 

Renat Letfullin  

Dr. Renat Letfullin

Academic Positions:

  • Senior Researcher, Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Samara Branch), 1993-2002
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mississippi State University, U.S.A., 2002
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, U.S.A., 2003

Areas of Specialization:

  • Laser Physics
  • Wave Optics
  • Aerosol Physics
  • Bio- and Nano-photonics

Research Activities:

  • Electrodynamics of the Super-High-Energy Pulsed Chemical Lasers Based on a Photon-Branched Chain Reaction.
  • Auto-Wave Effect of a Photon-Branched Chain Reaction.
  • Effect of Giant Laser Energy Gain
  • Optical Effect of Diffractive Multifocal Focusing of Radiation
  • Theoretical modeling of the laser light interaction with Biological systems containing nanostructures
  • Development of new dynamic modes for cancer cells treatment by laser activated nanoheaters
  • Aerosol Optics
  • Laser Heating and Evaporation of Aerosol Particles
  • Optical Breakdown of Aerosols
 

Liptak , Richard  

Dr. Richard W. Liptak

Areas of Specialization:

  • Semiconductor Materials & Devices: Design, Fabrication and Characterization
  • Gas-Phase Plasma Synthesis and Etching of Group IV Quantum Dots
  • Molecular-Beam Epitaxy
  • Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Nanoelectronics

Research Activities:

  • Design and Fabrication of Transparent Conducting Oxides
  • Design and Fabrication of Thin-Film Solar Cells
  • Gas-Phase Plasma Synthesis of Quantum Dots
  • Quantum Dot Based Electronic Devices
  • Flexible Electronics

Research Experience:

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Lighting Innovations Institute, John Carroll University, June 2002 - August 2004.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Sherman Fairchild Laboratory for Solid State Studies, Lehigh University, Summer 2003.
  • Research Assistant, High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Sept. 2004 - Sept. 2009.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, Sept. 2009 – Sept. 2010
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Scientist, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Oct. 2010 – July 2013
 

Sudipa Kirtley  

Dr. Sudipa Mitra-Kirtley

Areas of Specialization:

  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation
  • X-ray photo electron microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy

Research Activities:

  • X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy in complex materials (biological, fossil-fuels) to elucidate chemical structures of hetero atoms
  • UV-V is absorption and fluorescence studies

Industrial Experience:

  • Joint postdoctoral position with SDR and Lawrence Berkeley Lab 
  • Schlumberger-Doll Research, CT (SDR)
 

Michael McInerney  

Dr. Michael F. McInerney

Areas of Specialization:

  • Electronic chip packaging
  • Microscopy
  • Complexity

Research Activities:

  • Comparative Microscopy
  • Electronic Packaging
 

Michael Moloney  

Dr. Michael J. Moloney

Areas of Specialization:

  • Acoustics
  • Theoretical mechanics
  • Electromagnetics 

Research Activities:

  • Physics of solid-state devices
  • Data acquisition via PCs
  • Interaction with area high school teachers
  • Quality factors in acoustical elements
  • Physics educational software
 

Rusty Rutherford

 

Dr. Rusty Rutherford

Adjunct Faculty
E-mail: Rusty.Rutherford@Rose-Hulman.edu

 

 

Azad Siahmakoun  

Dr. Azad Siahmakoun

Areas of Specialization:

  • Laser Physics
  • Photorefractive materials
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optical signal processing
  • Microfabrication

Industrial Experience:

  • Organic-dye thin film polymers for information processing
  • Semiconductor materials, microsensors and optical MEMS
  • Fiber-optic communication and RF-Photonics
  • Applications of photorefractive materials in WDM technologies
 

Maarij Syed  

Dr. Maarij Syed

Areas of Specialization:

  • Semiconductor Materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Semiconductor Optics
  • Microfabrication

 


Jerome Wagner  

Dr. Jerome F. Wagner

Areas of Specialization:

  • Lithography
 

   

Dr. Art Western

Retired Faculty