Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics (EOP) at the University of Dayton (UD). As we are completing our first year as a department, rather than just a program, we look forward to another exciting year.

Last October, the Optical Society celebrated its centennial in Rochester, New York, at the Frontiers in Optics (FiO) meeting. Several of our faculty and students attended, including collaborators from other national and international institutions. A grand gathering of seven Nobel laureates was one of the highlights of the conference. Personally, I was humbled and honored to be with my nominee, Dr. Francis Yu, who received the prestigious Emmett Leith award.

With the agreements with Huazong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China, and the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon, Mexico, already in place, EOP has finalized another agreement for an exchange of students with China Jiliang University. The Jiliang agreement was made possible due to personal contacts between EOP faculty Qiwen Zhan and Jiliang. This fall, seven Bachelor’s Plus Master’s Program students will be joining our department from HUST, as well as one M.S. and one Ph.D. student from CIO. As part of the agreement with HUST, three of our faculty will be going to Wuhan to co-teach courses in optics. Andrew Sarangan, Imad Agha and Jay Mathews, along with our students Josh Burrow and Mike Buzbee, have been active in visiting universities and international conferences scouting promising students. We hope to recruit exceptionally qualified domestic students with the help of our strong funding partnerships with the Air Force Research Laboratory and other private companies in the area.

Our faculty and students continue to excel in their respective areas of research. Jay Mathews won the prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research CAREER award to work on his unique research area of silicon optics. Andrew Sarangan and Joe Haus have published books within the last year. Qiwen Zhan recently guest-edited a special issue on Complex Optical Fields in Chinese Optics Letters, and I am guest-editing a special joint issue on digital holography in Applied Optics and the Journal of the Optical Society B. OPTONICUS, founded by Mikhail Vorontsov, continues to receive SBIRS and STTRs, and Paul McManamon’s Exciting Technologies (ET) is active with its work on LIDAR and beam steering. Our students continue to be well placed after their graduation. For instance, Thomas Welsh (M.S., 2017) will be working with Ford on their autonomous self-driving cars guided by LIDAR. Mahmudunnabi Basunia (Ph.D., 2016) has been promoted to senior process engineer at Boeing in Charleston, where he has been involved with the 787 Program. Yun Zhao (M.S., 2016) joined Columbia University in the Ph.D. program as a research assistant.

In other news, the local SPIE and OSA chapters are organizing a biweekly Students Presenting Optics Research Training Symposium (SPORTS) starting this spring semester. It is a great way for students to present their ongoing research to their peers in a relaxed atmosphere. The EOP advisory committee met for the second time this spring, and while felicitating the department on its achievements, commented on faculty teaching loads and the credit hours needed to obtain a doctoral degree.

Finally, I would like to recognize two newcomers to the department (and the world), Sara and John.  Congratulations to the proud parents, Michelle and Jeff Kraczek, and Meghan and Brian Brophy.

Best wishes to all and warm regards,

Partha Banerjee, Chair, EOP

Related Links

New courses - Spring 2018

Introduction to Atmospheric Optics EOP 695:

Optical Design EOP, 601

Contemporary Topics in Optics and Photonics, EOP 510 (0 credit hour)

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The University of Dayton's Electro-Optics Graduate Program began in 1983 with challenging courses complemented by unparalleled research opportunities including a laser radar curriculum through our LADAR and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) — we offer cutting-edge research opportunities.

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Department of Electro-Optics & Photonics

Fitz Hall 572 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2951