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Miranda van Iersel

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics


Email: Miranda van Iersel
Phone: 937-229-3212
Fitz Hall Room 572 H


Dr. van Iersel is an assistant professor in the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics at the University of Dayton. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and continued to work there as a postdoctoral researcher. She then joined TNO in the Netherlands and also was a visiting scientist at the École Centrale de Nantes, France, for several years. In 2018, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr. van Iersel’s research interests include atmospheric optics, characterization of the atmosphere, laser beam propagation through the atmosphere, imaging, optical communication, and forensic research.


  • Ph.D. (Physics), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • M.S. (Physics), Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Courses Taught

  • EOP401 – Introduction Fiber Optics, EOP505 – Introduction to Lasers

Professional Activities

  • Member of Optica (formerly OSA), The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric optics, characterization of atmospheric turbulence, full and partial coherent laser beam propagation through the atmosphere, structured laser light and beams containing orbital angular momentum, imaging, optical communication, remote sensing, forensic research