Dr. Bunch’s research interests involve the development of optics-based products, optical instrument design, fiber optic components and systems, image acquisition and processing, and the development of a portable microfluidic analysis system to quantify and remove specific heavy metals through the use of a bio-regenerative detector.
More Research Opportunities
We believe the best way to learn is by doing, so we you’ll be in the lab early and often, with lots of individual attention from your professors. Ourteaching, research, and MiNDs laboratories, and observatory, are stocked with modern equipment. Meet some of our faculty and learn more about their areas of expertise and current projects below.
Dr. Ditteon’s research interests include asteroid astrometry and asteroid photometry. He is the director of the Oakley Observatory where he oversees student astronomical research.
Dr. Duree’sresearch interests involve optically induced waveguides, wavelength dense multiplexing using photorefractive material, and ultrashort pulse laser phenomena.
Dr. Granieri’s research include optical signal processing, optical communications, and fiber optic components and applications.
Dr. Joenathan’s research activities include the Interferometry, speckle technique, electronic speckle pattern interferometry, holography, fiber optic sensors, and optical metrology.
Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research interests include nano self-assemblies, carbon nanotube growth, micro-electrical-mechanical systems, vacuum deposition system design and development, and energy scavenging systems.
Dr. Kirtley’s research topics include 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.
Dr. Leisher’s research centers around semi-conductor lasers. He is currently working to design and test semiconductor lasers which will enable high speed free-space optical communication systems for NASA.
Dr. Letfullin’s interdisciplinary research combines techniques from the fields of biophysics, nanomedicine, nanoscience, wave optics, laser physics, and aerosol physics, including optics of nanoparticles.
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Facilities & Resources
We believe the best way to learn is by doing, so we place emphasis on lab work with a hands-on approach. Our teaching, research, and MiNDs laboratories, and observatory, are stocked with modern equipment. Here, you’ll have the opportunity for hands-on undergraduate research experiences that most schools reserve for graduate students.
Our photonics, fiber, acoustics, and semiconductor magneto-optics laboratories are equipped with leading edge technology for undergraduate and graduate research projects.
Our state-of-the-art introductory physics laboratories have modern equipment to help you master the concepts you learn in the classroom.
Our MiNDs laboratory will give you research opportunities in the area of micro/nano technology through courses and hands-on experiments in fabrication, characterization and modeling of micro/nano devices and systems.
Located just east of the main campus, Oakley Observatory is equipped for teaching, as well as conducting research in variable star photometry, searching for supernovae or searching for comets.
Dr. Galen Duree
Dr. Duree, head of the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 1999. His areas of expertise include photorefractive phenomena, nonlinear optics, laser physics, ultra-short pulse laser phenomena. He authored the book Optics for Dummies an "approachable introduction to optical science, methods, and applications."