Doug Peck, BS 2015

I originally began my career at RIT as a Physics major only to quickly discover that it was not a good fit for me.  By the next semester I was convinced that the Imaging Science subject material, education approach were much more suited towards my academic interests.  People can learn so much through pictures, videos and images in general, and so applying a scientific rigor to their acquisition and utilization really allows that to flourish.  The amount of familiarity Imaging Science students get to have with their professors and other staff and faculty within the building is one of the most rewarding aspects of the program.  One of the most unique opportunities of the Imaging Science program was the Freshman Imaging Project.  I personally had such a good experience with this that the following year, I undertook a second project with a smaller group of friends funded through a micro grant proposal.  The people at CIS are some of the nicest in the world.  They all share a similar mentality of wanting to learn more, exploring cool ideas and ultimately just trying to have fun with science.

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We conduct research to understand the human visual system and how it is used to help us perceive and interpret information from images and the environment. We develop algorithms, devices, and systems to aid humans in their use of vision, for impaired vision and for learning.

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We conduct applied optics research in the use of optics from the smallest scales to the largest.

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RIT graduate wins prestigious undergraduate award from the American Physical Society
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Hao Shi ’13 wins national recognition for undergraduate quantum optics research

Hao Shi

Oct. 15, 2013
Susan Gawlowicz

Hao Shi, a 2013 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s physics program, was chosen as a recipient of the American Physical Society’s LeRoy Apker Award. The premier national award recognizes outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate student in the United States.

The American Physical Society presents the annual award worth $5,000 to two students: one from a Ph.D.-granting institution and another from a non-Ph.D. granting institution. The society will recognize Shi’s undergraduate research from RIT’s non-Ph.D. granting program, and the work of Guy Geyer Marcus, the recipient from Wesleyan University’s Ph.D. granting program, during a ceremony at the society meeting in Madison, Wis., slated for June 2­­–6, 2014. As Shi’s nominating department, RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy will also receive a certificate and $5,000 to support undergraduate research.

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“I am very honored to be a recipient this year, especially considering the caliber of the finalists whom I met in Washington, D.C., during the final,” Shi says. “This award also speaks directly to the quality of education I received at RIT, where I have had direct and substantial interactions with the faculty members.”

The Apker Award recognizes Shi’s undergraduate research in theoretical quantum and optical physics, and cites his work on “Torsional Optomechanics: A Dialogue Between Spinning Photons and Twisting Oscillators.” Shi explored the quantum dynamics of optomechanical systems with his RIT research adviser and mentor, professor Mishkat Bhattacharya, and his secondary mentor, professor Edwin Hach III.

“Hao’s ability and performance are outstanding. In his research collaboration with me, he displayed formidable mathematical skills, substantial independent thinking, writing and speaking of high clarity, and a growing mastery of the literature,” Bhattacharya says. “I essentially treated him as a senior graduate student.”

Shi submitted five papers during his undergraduate career at RIT. He was the first author on papers published in the Physical Review A, Journal of Modern Optics, and the Journal of Physics B, a co-author on a paper published in the American Journal of Physics and a co-author on a paper submitted to the Journal of the Optical Society of America A. Hao is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in physics at Cornell University. The research performed by Shi and Bhattacharya was partially supported by a grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Shi is originally from Xiamen, China.

In 1978, Jean Dickey Apker established the LeRoy Apker Award in the memory of her husband and colleague. Apker was an experimental physicist at General Electric Research Laboratory known for his research on the photoelectric effect in semiconductors and the photoelectric properties of potassium iodide.

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