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Paul McManamon

Graduate faculty; Technical Director, Lidar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI); President, Exciting Technology

Graduate Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics


Email: Paul McManamon
Phone: 937-344-3921 (cell)
Fitz Hall Room 580Q

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  • 1977 Doctor of Philosophy (Physics) - Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1973 Master of Science (Physics) - Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1968 Bachelor of Science (Physics), cum laude - John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

Selected Honors and Awards

  • President of SPIE – 2006
  • Fellow of SPIE, The International Society for Optics and Photonics
  • Fellow of IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Fellow of OSA, Optical Society of America
  • Fellow of AFRL, Air Force Research Lab
  • Fellow of MSS, Military Sensing Symposia
  • Fellow of DEPs, the Directed Energy Professional Society
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Awarded the 1998 W.R.G. Baker award for best paper in ANY IEEE JOURNAL or PUBLICATION. This includes over 100 separate refereed journals, containing over twenty thousand separate articles. This paper has been cited > 350 times in refereed journals.
  • Distinguished alumni of St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio, selected 1995
  • Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, 2006, presented by Air Force Secretary Wynn in a ceremony in Washington
  • Citation: The Meritorious Senior Professional Rank Award is presented to Dr. Paul F. McManamon for his dynamic and visionary leadership in the development of sensor and countermeasure technology for the United States Air Force, and for his international leadership of the optical engineering community.
  • 2003 Harrell V. Nobel award for recognition in Electron Devices, from the Dayton, OH section of the IEEE.
  • 2008 award winner for the best paper in the ATR conference at Defense, Security, and Sensing, DSS, symposium in Orlando.

Research Interests

  • Lidar / Laser Radar
  • Non mechanical beam steering
  • Multi-aperture EO systems
  • Directed energy
  • Sensing

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to laser radar

Professional Activities

  • 2006 President of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, the world's largest optical society.  
  • Board of Directors, 2000-2003, SPIE
  • Secretary, SPIE 2004
  • Vice President SPIE, 2005
  • Immediate past President of SPIE – 2007
  • Executive Committee of SPIE, 2003-2007
  • One of 3 originating members of the Executive committee, MSS (Military Sensing Symposia)
  • Fellow, SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics
  • Fellow, IEEE, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Fellow, OSA, the Optical Society of America
  • Fellow, MSS, the Military Sensing Symposia
  • Fellow, AFRL, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Fellow, DEPs, Directed Energy Professional Society
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member, Old Crows
  • Member, APS, American Physical Society
  • Chair, SPIE awards committee 2001 & 2002
  • Chair, SPIE scholarship committee, 2003 & 2004
  • Chair, SPIE Kingslake awards subcommittee for 3 years
  • Chairman of Active IRIS for 4 years (most ever) 1995-1999
  • Member for organizing committee for the national MSS conference (15 years)
  • Chairmen of the 1997 SPIE AeroSense Symposium (>3500 technical attendees)
  • Chairman of the 2nd NATO/IRIS meeting, 1996, in London (secret conference).  This was the very first parallel track MSS meeting, and the first to be held overseas
  • Member of the TTCP SEN Panel (Sensors panel) for 10 years
  • Former member of NATO panel 4 (EO Sensors), until it was abolished
  • Member, Old Crows
  • Member, American Physical Society, APS
  • Chair for the Optics Track at the IEEE Aerospace Conference (3 years)
  • Chair of the 14th annual, 1997, Dayton Chapter IEEE/AESS conference, on Synthetic Vision
  • Chair of the first Great Lakes Photonics Symposium, GLPS, 2004.
  • Associate Editor of a special issue of IEEE Proceedings published May 2009 on “Optics and Photonics for Security and Defense”
  • Associate Editor of the 2004 “Encyclopedia Of Modern Optics” by Elsevier

Selected Publications

  • McManamon, P.F. 2012. Review of ladar: A historic, yet emerging, sensor technology with rich phenomenology. Optical Engineering 51, no. 6: 060901-1-060901-13. (20 citations)
  • McManamon, P.F., P.J. Bos, M.J. Escuti, J. Heikenfeld, S. Serati, H. Xie. 2009. A review of phased array steering for narrow-band electrooptical systems. Proceedings of the IEEE 97, no. 6: 1078-1096. (117 citations)
  • Shi, L., P.F. McManamon, P.J. Box. 2008. Liquid crystal optical phase plate with a variable in-plane gradient. Journal of Applied Physics 104, no. 3: 033109. (31 citations)
  • McManamon, P.F. 2006. Agile nonmechanical beam steering. Optics and Photonics News 17, no. 3: 24-29. (41 citations)
  • McManamon, P.F. 2005. An overview of optical phased array technology and status. Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics, 59470I-59470I-10. (51 citations)
  • Wang, X., B. Wang, P.J. Box, P.F. McManamon, J.J. Pouch, and F.A. Miranda. 2005. Modeling and design of an optimized liquid-crystal optical phased array. Journal of Applied Physics 98, no. 7: 073101. (39 citations)
  • McManamon, P.F., T.A. Dorschner, D.L. Corkum, L.J. Friedman, and D.S. Hobbs. 1996. Optical phased array technology. Proceedings of the IEEE 84, no. 2: 268-298. (546 citations)
  • Barnard, K.J., E.A. Watson, and P.F. McManamon. 1994. Nonmechanical microscanning using optical space-fed phased arrays. Optical Engineering 33, no. 9: 3063-3071. (32 citations)
  • McManamon, P.F., T.A. Dorschner, L.J. Barnes, and E.A. Watson. 1993. Applications look at the use of liquid crystal writable gratings for steering passive radiation. Optical Engineering 32, no. 11: 2657-2664. (100 citations)
  • Heer, C.V., and P.F. McManamon. 1977. Wavefront correction with photon echoes. Optics Communications 23, no. 1: 49-50. (31 citations)