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Group Members (July 2016)
(L/R; Top/Bottom:) Wes Farriss, Jim Fienup; Scott Paine, Aaron Michalko, Matt Bergkoetter; Joseph Tang, Alex Iacchetta

Group Members (September 2014)

(L/R) Alden Jurling, Scott Paine, Zack DeSantis, Jim Fienup, Wes Farriss, Matt Bergkoetter; Dustin Moore, Alex Iacchetta

Group Members (May 2012)
(L/R; Top/Bottom:) Zack DeSantis, Alex Iacchetta, Abbie Tippie, Matt Bergkoetter; Prof. Hidekazu Mimura (Visiting Scientist, U. Tokyo), Alden Jurling, Jim Fienup, Dustin Moore

Group Members (2010)
Summer 2010 (L/R, Top/Bottom:) Zack DeSantis, Dustin Moore, Jim Fienup, Tom Zielinski; Abhishek Kumar, Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Krista Lombardo, Abbie Tippie, Alden Jurling

Group Members (2008)Spring 2008 (L/R, Top/Bottom:) Greg Brady, Jim Fienup, Sam Thurman; Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Tom Zielinski, Matt Bolcar; Dianne Lancia, Sapna Shroff, Abbie Tippie (not shown: Nathan Clark)

Group Members (2004)
Summer of 2004 (L/R:) Jim Fienup, Sam Thurman, Brijesh Prithviraj, Greg Brady, Abbie Tippie (undergrad at Colorado State U.), Matt Bolcar, Nathan Clark, Sapna Shroff (not shown: Seung-Whan Bahk, Tom Zielinski)

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Jim Fienup is the Robert E. Hopkins Professor of Optics in the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Click here or on "Professor" in the box to the left for more detail.


Zack DeSantis is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Zack


Zack received a B.S. in Optics and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 2009. His current research is on interferometric imaging, specifically focused on methods of image reconstruction from sparse data sets with large atmospherically induced phase errors. Zack joined Lockheed-Martin (near Denver, CO) in May, 2016.
Matt Bergkoetter is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Matt

Matthew received a B.S. in Optical Sciences & Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2009, where his undergraduate projects included a resonator-based approach to measuring birefringence in optical fibers and the design of a compact multispectral imaging system that collects radar, visible and IR wavelengths through a single aperture. As a SMART Scholarship recipient, he earned an M.S. from the Institute of Optics in 2010 and worked for a year with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate, where he developed diagnostics for laboratory-scale rocket engine tests. He entered the PhD program at the Institute in 2011, where his current research is focused on polychromatic wavefront sensing for ultrahigh intensity lasers.

 

Alex Iacchetta is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.


Alex

 

Alex earned a B.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2011. His undergraduate research project included designing and constructing a new optical test instrument as part of a small group for Semrock, Inc. His thesis research is on "Astro-Interferometric Modeling and Spatio-Spectral Reconstruction" -- the title of his NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship winning proposal.
Wesley Farriss is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Wes


Wesley earned his BS in Physics from the University of Akron in 2009. Following graduation, he commissioned as a US Army Officer and served on active duty until Fall 2013. He served in the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) and Military Intelligence branches. His current research interests include image reconstruction and digital holography.
Scott Paine is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Scott


Scott earned a B.S. in Physics and Biology from Ursinus College in 2013. In his undergraduate research, he worked to build a magneto-optical trap for use with rubidium atoms. His current thesis research is related to wavefront sensing and control for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Aaron Michalko is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Aaron

Aaron received a B.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2014. His undergraduate design project involved designing and building a stereoscopic display for the Rochester Museum and Science Center. His current research interests include wavefront sensing and freeform metrology.

Joseph Tang is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Joseph

Joseph received a B.S. in Optical Engineering from the the University of Arizona in 2015. His current research interests include wavefront sensing for space telescopes.

Scott Will is a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.

Scott

Scott was born in Buffalo, New York and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2015. As an undergraduate, he worked to develop plasma-based metamaterials for free-space microwave manipulation, as well as compressive sensing techniques for magnetic resonance imaging. In the summer of 2014 he was a summer REU student at the Harvard-MIT HST Summer Institute in Biomedical Optics, where he worked on image processing for Brillouin microscopy. His research interests include computational imaging and image reconstruction, inverse problems, and efficient algorithms for signal processing.


Former Group Members

Ph.D Students

1. Greg Brady received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2008.

Greg
Greg received the B.E. degree in Engineering Physics and B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998 and the M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2000. From 2000-2002 he worked as an Optical Engineer for Digital Optics Corporation. His academic and professional work has involved the design, fabrication and testing of refractive and diffractive microoptical elements and systems. At UR he worked on optical metrology using phase retrieval. His PhD thesis: "Application of Phase Retrieval to the Measurement of Optical Surfaces and Wavefronts." He joined Sandia National Laboratory in December 2008. He later joined KLA Tencor, and then Apple.

 

2. Matt Bolcar received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2008
Matt Bolcar
Matt

Matt received the B.S. degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 2002. His concentration was in optics, including research in nonlinear fiber-optic lasers. He also co-oped for 3M in 2000 at the Electronic Materials Technology Center in St. Paul, MN and again in 2001 at the Optical Components Program in West Haven, CT. His PhD thesis was on phase diversity algorithms for a multiple-telescope-arrays and segmented-optics telescopes. His PhD thesis: "Phase Diversity for Segmented and Multi-aperture Systems." He joined the Optics Branch at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, in January 2009.
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3. Sapna Shroff received her doctorate from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010.

Sapna

Sapna was a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester, advised by Prof. James R. Fienup at the Institute of Optics and Prof. David Williams at the Center for Visual Science. She has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, 2005 and a B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Mumbai University, 2003. She worked on super-resolution of retinal images. Her PhD thesis: "Structured Illumination Imaging." She joined Ricoh Innovations, Menlo Park, CA, in August 2010. She later joined Light and then Oculus (Facebook).

 

4. Manuel Guizar-Sicairos received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2010.

Manuel

Manuel received his B.Sc. in Physics Engineering in 2002 and M.Sc. in Electronic Systems in 2005 from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. His master thesis, under J. C. Gutiérrez-Vega (http://homepages.mty.itesm.mx/jgutierr/), deals with numerical modeling of dynamic transverse mode competition in unstable resonators. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as a research assistant for the PMOG (http://optica.mty.itesm.mx/pmog/), principally involved in non-diffracting propagation of wavefields and numerical methods for propagation. His PhD thesis: "Methods for Coherent Lenseless Imaging and X-ray Wavefront Measurement." He joined the Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland, in August 2010.
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5. Tom Zielinski received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2011.

Tom

Tom received his B.A. degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Drew University in 2004. His undergraduate work involved the characterization of electro-optically active thin film polymers proposed for use in future data storage and transmission applications. His PhD thesis: "Robust Image-Based Wavefront Sensing." Tom joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the Optics Branch in 2011. Click here for Tom's research page.

6. Abbie Tippie Watnick received her doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2012.


Abbie

Abbie received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Optoelectical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2006.  Her undergraduate research included work in iterative algorithms for phase retrieval, high resolution imaging using extreme ultraviolet sources, and fabrication of optical biosensors. Abbie entered UR as an NSF Graduate Fellow. Her research involved imaging through extended atmospheric turbulence and aperture synthesis with digital holography. She previously worked in the Summer of 2004 in our group under the Research Experience in Optical Science and Engineering for Undergraduates (REU) program. Her Ph.D. thesis: "Aberration Correction in Digital Holography." Abbie joined the Naval Research Laboratory in August 2012.


7. Alden Jurling received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2014.

Alden

Alden earned his B.S. in Physics from Oregon State University in 2008. His undergraduate research involved the characterization of thin film dielectric materials using impedance spectroscopy. He worked on wavefront sensing and control for NASA’s proposed space-based telescopes (both JWST and WFIRST). His PhD thesis: "Advances in Algorithms for Image Based Wavefront Sensing." Alden joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the Optics Branch in 2014.
8. Dustin Moore received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2016.

Dustin

 

Dustin was granted a B.A. in Physics by Reed College in 2002. His undergraduate thesis work was in the area of neutron computed tomography. He then worked for Pinecone Imaging studying telescope systems and wavefront control. Later he was the Senior Engineer for Special Projects at Immersive Media where he worked on vehicle-mounted panoramic video survey systems and other remote sensing projects. Dustin's research interests include wavefront control systems and novel sensing systems, particularly with partially coherent light and unknown system parameters. His PhD thesis: "Optical Metrology by Prescription Retrieval and Transverse-Translation Diversity Phase Retrieval." Dustin joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in June, 2016.


Other Former Group Members

Sam Thurman was a Postdoctoral Fellow, then a Research Associate, and finally an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Institute of Optics in our group.
Sam Thurman
Sam and Isaiah

Sam received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2003. From 2003-2004 he was a post-doctoral fellow, and from 2005-2007 was a Reserch Associate in the Institute of Optics. His Ph.D. thesis, under G. Michael Morris, was on guided-mode resonant filters. He is currently developing an image quality equation taking into account the aberrations of a telescope. He has also worked on a theory of, and reconstruction algorithms for, imaging Fourier transform spectrometers which work with sparse-aperture telescopes, and on phase retrieval algorithms.

He joined Lockheed-Martin-CTI in Louisville, CO, in April 2009.



Seung-Whan Bahk was a Research Associate with the Institute of Optics in our group and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester.

Seung-Whan

Seung-Whan received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan where he worked on adaptive optics and focal field characterization under Gerard Mourou. He graduated from Han-Yang University, South Korea in 1997 with a BS in EE. His work involved the Focal Spot Diagnostics project in the new Omega EP system at LLE.

He is currently a member of the staff at LLE.

 

Dianne Lancia worked in our group as an MS student in the Institute of Optics.

Dianne
Dianne joined Raytheon in California in 2008.

Brijesh Prithviraj, was an unofficial member of the group in the late 2000's, while a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy working on forming 3-D distributions of optical intensity to control particles at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE).

Nathan Clark was a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering.
Nathan Clark
Nathan
Nathan received the B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering, concentrating in optics from the University of Rochester in 2004 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2013. He has participated in the REU program summer of 2001 and 2002. His PhD thesis: "Microscope Characterization using Phase Retrieval Applied to Determine the Spatial Distribution of Membrane-Associated Proteins in Hematocytes" was jointly supervised by (primary) Prof. Richard Waugh in BME and (secondary) J.R. Fienup in Optics. Click here for Nathan's research page.


Derek Pulhamus and Ryan De Rosa were undergraduate Optics majors at the University of Rochester. Both worked during the Summer of 2005 in our group under the Research Experience in Optical Science and Engineering for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Richard Marron worked in our group during the summer of 2009.

Ricky

Richard Marron is a Rochester native and an undergraduate Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major at Duke University. He worked during the summer of 2009 on developing and characterizing phase screens for use in experiments on atmospheric turbulence.

Krista Lombardo
worked in our group the summer of 2010 while an undergraduate.

Krista

Krista was a University of Rochester Physics and Astronomy major from Albany, N.Y. During the summer of 2010, she worked on finding methods for phase unwrapping and assisting Abbie Tippie in her research on coherent lensless imaging. She later went to Penn State University for an advanced degree in civil engineering.

 

Abhishek Kumar received his MS degree from the Institute of Optics in 2011.

Abhishek
Abhishek earned his B.tech (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India in 2009. His MS thesis: "High Resolution Lensless Coherent Imaging" (April 2011). He joined the PhD program at the Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Vienna.

 

Daniel Pamplin was a graduate student in the Institute of Optics.


Daniel and Kate

Daniel earned a B. S. in physics from Abilene Christian University in 2011. His undergraduate research involved motor controls for a small time projection chamber at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as robustness testing for phase retrieval algorithms at Ball Aerospace. Over the summer of 2012 he continued the research he began at Ball and also simulated hyperspecral images for another project.


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