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Profs. Moore and Berger Win Teaching Awards

May 9, 2016

Duncan MooreDuncan Moore ’74 (PhD), the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education for his ability to inspire students with his boundless enthusiasm for new approaches to teaching, technology and business.  Duncan has taught 15 optics courses ranging from introductory to advanced graduate classes; he has advised nearly 60 master’s and PhD students.


Undergrad Advisor Dan Smith Wins Dottie Welch Award

April 30, 2016

Dan Smith with some of his studentsThe Institute's undergraduate advisor, Dan Smith, won the 2016 Dottie Welch award during the Hajim School Design Day at Goergen Athletic Center.  


Professor Nick Vamivakas Wins NSF CAREER Award

April 25, 2016

Professor Nick Vamivakas in his labSomething interesting happens when you overlap two layers of tungsten diselenide that are each only a few atoms thick, Nick Vamivakas and his lab have discovered.


Grad Student Goodfellow Leads Rochester Marathoners

April 22, 2016

Kenneth GoodfellowInstitute of Optics graduate student and avid marathoner Kenny Goodfellow placed 10th overall in the Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:38:25 and led a Rochester contingent of about 100 runners in the Boston Marathon this spring, finishing in 2 hours, 35 minutes and 28 seconds.  In Boston, he placed 72nd overall and 63rd among the men.  Goodfellow also took second place in the Rochester Marathon in September.


Optical Society undergraduates model a Schlieren imaging system

April 21, 2016


Optics Undergraduate Awards 2016

April 20, 2016

The Undergraduate Committee has awarded the 2016 prizes to outstanding students in the Institute of Optics.


Grad Student Daniel Nikolov Wins the Link Foundation Fellowship

April 4, 2016


Prof. Robert Boyd Wins Townes Award

April 4, 2016

Photo of Robert BoydProf. Robert Boyd has won the 2016 OSA Charles Hard Townes Award for his “fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of methods for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials.”  Boyd's PhD thesis work was supervised by Professor Charles Townes himself and involves the use of nonlinear optical techniques for infrared detection.  Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and is presently Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics.


2015 - The year in review

February 19, 2016

With awards and recognitions, two successful summer programs, the announcement of a national photonics center to be based in Rochester, more students studying abroad, and our involvement in the International Year of Light, 2015 has been a very good year.  The year 2016 is filled with bright promise, and we look forward to continued excellence.


$500 Million Economic Development Support Awarded to Finger Lakes Region

December 10, 2015

Today in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and legislative leaders announced $500 million in economic development support for the Finger Lakes and selected the region as one of the three awardees of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) competition.


The Institute of Optics and the Optics Community Mourn the Loss of Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson

November 24, 2015

Photo of Kevin ThompsonKevin P. Rolland-Thompson, husband of Jannick Rolland-Thompson, passed away on November 20, 2015, just over 4 weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.  Kevin was a Scientist in The Institute of Optics; The Group Director, Research and Development/Optics at Synopsys, Inc.; and an active member and Fellow of both SPIE and OSA. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences where he was recently recognized as the 2015 Alumnus of the Year.  He earned a dual BS degree in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.


OSA Rochester Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 18, 2015

It was November 18, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.