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Robert Bunch

Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering

Dr. Robert Bunch has a broad research background in the development of optics-based products, optical instrument design, and fiber optic components, systems, and sensors. His expertise also covers light scattering and solid-state physics. One of his recent research opportunities with students investigated the optical properties of LEDs for lighting applications, and he is currently leading Rose-Hulman’s involvement in a National Science Foundation-sponsored Smart Lighting initiative. Dr. Bunch is a recipient of the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award and has industry experience working for the Naval Ocean Systems Center, Naval Avionics Center, GTE Products Corporation, and TASC.NPD Labs.

Teaching Interests

  • Physical optics
  • Geometrical optics
  • Photonic devices
  • Optical design
  • Lighting and Illumination
  • Fiber optics
  • Optical materials
  • Fourier optics
  • Biomedical optics
  • Image processing

Research Experiences

  • Development of optics-based products
  • Fiber optics
  • Optical instrument design
  • Optical testing
  • Lighting

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Bunch, R. M., "Renal Function Analysis Method and Apparatus" United States Patent N0.: US 9,398,876 Granted July 26, 2016 and US 8,591,865 B2. Granted Nov. 26, 2013
  • Joenathan, C., Bernal, A., Woonghee, Y., Bunch, R. M. and Hakoda, C., "Dual Arm Multiple Reflection Michelson Interferometer for Large Multiple Reflections and Increased Sensitivity," Optical Engineering, 55(2), 024101, 2016
  • Bunch, R. M., Leisher, P. O. and Granieri, S. E., "Optical Engineering Capstone Design Projects with Industry Sponsors," Optics Education and Outreach III, Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, 918804, 2014
  • Joenathan, C., Li, Y., Oh, W., Bunch, R. M., Bernal, A. and Kirkpatrick, S. R., "White Light Lateral Shear Interferometer with Holographic Shear Lenses and Spatial Fourier Transform," Optical Letters, Optical Society of America, 38, 4896-4899, 2013
  • Cook, K. T., Tettey, K. E., Bunch, R. M., Lee, D. and Nolte, A. J., "One-Step Index-Tunable Antireflection Coatings from Aggregated Silica Nanoparticles," Application Material Interfaces, American Chemical Society, 4 (12), 64,26-6,431, 2012
  • Bunch, R. M., Joenathan, C., Connor, K. A. and Chouikha, M., "Modules to Enhance Smart Lighting Education," Optics Education and Outreach II, Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, 8481, 84810B, 2012
  • Wang, E., Meier, D. J., Sandoval, R. M., Von Hendy-Willson, V. E., Pressler, B. M., Bunch, R., M., Alloosh, M., Sturek, M., Schwartz, G. J. and Molitoris, B. A., "Rapid Point of Care Determination of Glomerular Filtration Rate in Large Animals Using a Portable Fiberoptic Ratiometric Fluorescence Analyzer," Kidney International, 81, 112-117, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Louisiana State University, 1987

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Kansas, Solid State Physics, 1981
  • BS, Louisiana State University, Physics, 1975