Robert M. Bunch

Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering
Innovation Fellow, Rose-Hulman Ventures

Professional Summary
Broad research and development background: development of optics-based products; optical instrument design and prototypes; fiber optic components and systems; fiber optic sensors; optical fiber measurements and characterization; image acquisition and processing; optical image processing systems and development of optical inspection systems. Computer modeling optical properties of materials. Particulate sizes using laser light scattering. Optical absorption, fluorescence and Faraday rotation in materials. Experience with lasers, optical microscopy, furnaces, cryogenics and vacuum systems. Author or co-author of 21 publications. Taught short courses/workshops on radiometry and photometry, color measurement, fiber optics, optical information processing and lasers. Taught optical engineering, applied optics, physics, and product development courses. Developed courses/labs for B.S. (Optical Engineering) and M.S. (Optical Engineering) degree programs. Faculty mentor for M.S.(Engineering Management) Integrated Project teams. Directed 24 completed masters degree thesis projects. Project team leader or Principal Investigator on 10 industrial contracts.


l993 - present
Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
2000 - present
Innovation Fellow, Rose-Hulman Ventures
l999 - 2002
Director, Center for Applied Optics Studies
l999 - 2000
Technical Consultant, Technical Assistance & Services Center
l985 - 1999
Research Scientist, Center for Applied Optics Studies
l993 - 1999
Assistant Director, Technical Assistance & Services Center
1986 - 1993
Associate Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
1983 - l986
Assistant Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
1981 - 1983
Research Physicist, Applied Physics Research Lab
Lecturer, Department of Physics, San Diego State University
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Kansas


Ph.D., Solid State Physics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1981
B. S., Physics, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1975

Honors and Awards

Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award, 2000
University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1987
Member of:
Optical Society of America
SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
American Association of Physics Teachers
University Academic Award in Physics, 1975
Sigma Pi Sigma
Edwin Emery Slosson Award for excellence in physics instruction, University of Kansas

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