Former PhD students

Greg Brady
Received his doctorate from the Insitute of Optics in 2008. 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, Apple, and then Space Telescope Science Institute.

1. Greg Brady

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2008.

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, Apple, and then Space Telescope Science Institute.

2. Matt Bolcar

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2008

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. Click here for Matt’s Home Page

3. Sapna Shroff

Received her doctorate from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010.

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

4. Manuel Guizar-Sicairos

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2010.

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 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.
Click here for Manuel’s Home Page.

Tom Zielinski

5. Tom Zielinski

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2011.

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.

6. Abbie Tippie Watnick

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2012.

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 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.

Dustin Moore

8. Dustin Moore

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2016.

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.

9. Zack DeSantis

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2017.

Zack received a B.S. in Optics and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 2009. His research was on interferometric imaging, specifically focused on methods of image reconstruction from sparse data sets with large atmospherically induced phase errors. His thesis: “Image Reconstruction for Interferometric Imaging of Geosynchronous Satellites.” Zack joined Lockheed-Martin (near Denver, CO) in May, 2016.

10. Matt Bergkoetter

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2017.

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 research is focused on polychromatic wavefront sensing for ultrahigh intensity lasers. His thesis: “Phase retrieval for chromatic aberrations and wide-field detectors.” Matt joined the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Optics Branch in spring of 2017.

11. Alex Iacchetta

Received his doctorate from the Institute of Optics in 2018.

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 was on Astro-Interferometric Modeling and Spatio-Spectral Reconstruction — the title of his NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship winning proposal. His thesis was titled, “Spatio-spectral interferometric imaging and the wide-field imaging interferometry testbed.” Alex joined Radiant Solutions, near Ann Arbor, MI, in September 2018.