News flashes

 September, 2019

Prof. Fienup was awarded the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of distinguished achievement in Research, Education and Leadership. Click here for story.

Scott Will received a $500 travel grant to attend the 2019 Optical Society (OSA) Frontiers in Optics (FiO) conference, where he was a finalist in the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition for his paper, “Understanding polarization aberrations in the LUVOIR coronagraph instrument.”

 June 4, 2019

James Webb Space Telescope will rely on Fienup’s algorithms to see clearly.
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August – September 2017

Students Scott Paine and Matt Bergkoetter spent a month at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, helping with the final cryo-vac testing of the James Webb Space Telescope. They survived hurricane Harvey unscathed.


May 2005

NASA announced the award to Matt Bolcar of a 2005 Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) fellowship. His proposal, “Phase Diversity as a Form of Wavefront Sensing for Future NASA Missions” was one of only 6 funded out of the 70 submitted to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.


May 2005

Greg Brady’s poster paper, “Phase Retrieval as an Optical Metrology Tool,” at Optifab 2005 was awarded a prize as the second best poster of the conference by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA).


July 2004

Matt Bolcar was awarded a $500.00 prize for his project, “Design of a Sparse Aperture Interferometric Telescope,” in the Optical Research Associates’ Optical Design Competition.

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