Kevin P. Thompson

Visiting Scientist, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester
Group Director, Research and Development/Optics, Synopsys Inc.

PhD in Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences

Kevin 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.

Kevin was an admirable person, a dedicated mentor of students, an inspirational colleague, and a wonderful friend.  Faculty, staff and students at The Institute of Optics as well as the optics community are deeply saddened by the loss of this distinguished scientist.