Dr. Paul O. Leisher is an associate professor of physics and optical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman in 2011, Dr. Leisher served as the manager of advanced technology at nLight Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, where he worked for over four years. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Bradley University (Peoria, Ill.) in 2002 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Leisher’s research interests include the design, fabrication, characterization, and analysis of high power semiconductor lasers and other photonic devices. He has authored more than 160 technical journal articles and conference presentations. Dr. Leisher is a member of SPIE and the IEEE Photonics Society.
Scott Kirkpatrick is an assistant professor of physics and optical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He teaches physics, semiconductor processes, and micro-electrical and mechanical systems (MEMS). His research interests include heat engines, magnetron sputtering, and nanomaterial self assembly. His master's thesis work at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln focused on reactive sputtering process control. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln investigated high power impulse magnetron sputtering.
Robert M. Bunch is a Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an Innovation Fellow at Rose-Hulman Ventures. Since joining the Rose-Hulman faculty in 1983, he has been active in developing undergraduate and graduate courses and laboratories for the optical engineering educational program. He has directed 23 completed master’s degree thesis projects, consulted with industry, and is co-inventor on two patents. In 2000, he received the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award. His research and technical interests include development of optics-based products, fiber optics, optical instruments, and systems engineering.
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