Short-Bio

  • Professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 2010 – present
  • Associate Professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 2001 – 2010
  • Scientist/Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM, 1987 – 2001
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1987
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 1981

Research Interest

  • Computational Fourier optics
  • Polarization sensing
  • Acousto-optical tunable filter instrumentation
  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Laser beam projection
  • Free-space laser communications
  • Propagation through turbulence

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), 2015
  • ConocoPhillips Faculty Fellow, NMSU College of Engineering, 2011-2012
  • Million Dollar Researcher Award, NMSU University Research Office, 2011
  • Distinguished Career Award, NMSU University Research Council, 2010
  • Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Professorship, 2007
  • Bromilow Award for Research Excellence, NMSU College of Engineering, 2007
  • Fellow of the International Optical Engineering Society (SPIE), 1999
  • Engineering Excellence Award, Optical Society of America, 1995
  • Air Force Special Service Citation, 1994
  • Air Force Systems Command Science and Engineering – Advance Technology Award, 1990
  • Giller Award – highest technical achievement award, Air Force Research Lab, 1988