If we can remotely probe the structure and nature of an object, we can make an image
of it and use that image to develop human comprehension.
Distinguished physicist talks about imaging detectors and cell phones at RIT May 6
SPIE/OSA Student Chapter
Talk is free and open to the public
Apr. 27, 2015
Tiny cameras in cell phones don’t work by magic. The pursuit of ever-smaller cameras requires scaled-down optical systems that can affect image quality.
Distinguished physicist Christopher Dainty will visit Rochester Institute of Technology for a talk about ideal imaging detectors and limitations of imaging systems in cell phones.
Dainty, professor at University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, will present “Imaging Science and Cell-Phone Cameras” at 6 p.m. on May 6 in the Carlson Auditorium in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. The talk is free and open to the public.
“Every optics student knows that bigger optical systems have the potential to form higher resolution and higher signal-to-noise images, yet market pressures drive cell phone cameras to be smaller and smaller,” Dainty said. “I shall discuss some of the fundamental limits of imaging systems that affect image quality in small cameras.”
Dainty is a fellow and past president of the Optical Society of America, SPIE (an international professional society for optics and photonics technology), the Institute of Physics and the European Optical Society. His research explores optical imaging, scattering and propagation, especially related to imaging and metrology and the eye.
The RIT SPIE/OSA Student Chapter is sponsoring the lecture.
Three RIT students win Fulbright scholarships; students will travel overseas for one year through prestigious exchange program
Apr. 27, 2015
Three RIT students have won Fulbright scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The winners will be formally announced during a special reception today.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar Program administers highly competitive grants to foster international exchanges in education.
“Over the past five years, RIT’s had two Fulbright winners, so to have three at once is quite the achievement,” said Jenny Sullivan, assistant director of RIT’s Study Abroad and Fellowships office.
The Office of the Provost is hosting A Celebration of Study and Work Abroad from 3 to 5 p.m. today (April 27) in the University Gallery to formally announce the Fulbright scholarship winners.
Rose Rustowicz, an imaging science undergraduate student from Amherst, N.Y., will travel to Iceland to work with a research team from the University of Iceland to conduct remote sensing at the Hekla volcano in order to create a multidisciplinary assessment of the landscape which will allow them to map and monitor hazardous and vulnerable areas.
Kaylin Beiter, a biomedical sciences undergraduate student and Rochester native, will travel to Senegal to work with Dr. Coumba Toure Kane at Dantec Hospital in Dakar to study how HIV medication adherence struggles and drug resistance are leading to a growing degree of HIV viral diversity.
History Estill-Varner, an ASL-English interpreting and global studies double major undergraduate student from Independence, Mo., will travel to the Dominican Republic to collaborate with the country’s National Association of the Deaf and the National Interpreting Association to build a sustainable Interpreter Training Program and assessment model to ensure that interpreters of Dominican Sign Language, LESDOM, are consistent and proficient, thus ensuring quality support services for deaf Dominicans.
Yasmeen Smalley ’13 (biomedical photographic communications) was named as an alternate in the event that one of the other students declines or is unable to make their international journey. If selected, the Houston native will visit the Philippines to work with Al Licuanan and other researchers from De La Salle University to develop a photo-documentary featuring their research on environmental factors that have led to mass destruction of biodiversity in the coastal waters of the Philippines.
“We had 16 applicants this round and each of them was exceptionally qualified and great potential ambassadors for RIT,” said Sullivan. “I’m especially proud of our awardees. They are multi-talented leaders focused on using their skills and talents to improve the world.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest exchange program in the country and provides funds for American students to live in another country for one year to teach English, conduct research or earn a graduate degree. Similarly, 40 international students from 25 countries attended RIT this year through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
RIT honors 2014-15 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars
39th year for this celebration of students with high academic and community achievements
Apr. 17, 2015
A. Sue Weisler
The 2014-2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars were celebrated with a reception and awards ceremony April 16. Imaging Science student Elizabeth Bondi can be seen in the front row, third from left.
Rochester Institute of Technology honored 104 students whose academic and personal achievements have made them this year’s Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.
The awards, a bronze medallion, were given in ceremonies on Thursday evening to those students who have met the scholarship criteria—a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of 4.0; completion of more than two-thirds of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree; and demonstrated community engagement, such as creative work, serve on student committees, civic activities, employment or independent research.
“RIT is pleased to pay tribute to these undergraduates whose demonstrated devotion to excellence is an inspiration to the university community,” said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, who presented the scholars to President Bill Destler and RIT deans at the ceremony in Gordon Field House.
Recipients include third-year Imaging Science student Elizabeth Bondi.
The 2014-15 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars are:
From the College of Applied Sciences and Technology :
George Dederich, of Syracuse, N.Y.
Erin Downs , of Kennedy Township, Pa.
Cody Farr, of Holland Patent, N.Y.
Nicholas Flumerfeldt, of Corfu, N.Y.
Timothy Halsch, of West Hills, Calif.
Shaun Henry, of Willow Grove, Pa.
Michael Hund, of East Stroudsberg, Pa.
Jason Jenkins, of Catskill, N.Y.
Elizabeth Knight, of Baldwinsville, N.Y.
James Lee, of Jackson, N.J.
Nicole Seymour, of Madera, Calif.
Gabrielle Villar, of Boston, N.Y.
Kayla Weiss, of Middlebury, Vt.
From Saunders College of Business :
Alexandra Binnington , of Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Mihaela Cališ , of Djakovo, Croatia
Tomislav Cvetko, of Zagreb, Croatia
Kathryn Davis, of Palmer, Mass.
Michael Hayes, of Hamburg, N.Y.
Naixin (Chris) Kang, of Shenzhen, China
Xiaoyi Lei , of China
Miguel Lopez , of Puerto Rico
Goran Pekica, of Zagreb, Croatia
Shayla Sanders, of Rochester, N.Y.
Lori Sze, of Clifton Park, N.Y.
From the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences :
Andrew DiStasi , of Grove City, Pa.
Bryan Harmat, of Worcester, Mass.
Melody Kelly, of Tamaqua, Pa.
Brett Morris, of Farmington, Conn.
Kyle Murbach, of Wheaton, Ill.
Kenneth Reuter, of Spencer, N.Y.
Wesley Rockholz, of Brookfield, Conn.
Michael Salsone , of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Darren Urmey, of Gibbstown, N.J.
Christopher Wong, of Clifton Park, N.Y.
From Kate Gleason College of Engineering:
Jackson Anderson, of Churchville, N.Y.
Craig Bishop , of Tribes Hill, N.Y.
Anqi (Angel) Chen , of Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
Amanda Cook, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Paul Curtin , of Londonderry, N.H.
Caitlin Donovan, Whitesboro, N.Y.
Nicholas Fewell, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Seth Gottlieb, of Bethesda, Md.
Andrew Greeley, of Gerry, N.Y.
Brenden Hoff, of Plymouth, N.H.
Gebalanage (Shehan) Jayasekera, of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Lindsay Johnson , of Oswego, N.Y.
Kathryn King, of Orchard Park, N.Y.
Carolyn Krasniak, of Owego, N.Y.
Jonathan Lunt, of Hanover, N.H.
Alicia Piscitelli, of Lansdale, Pa.
Mallory Rauch, of Palermo, Maine
Christopher Schwab, of Holliston, Mass.
Morgan Stoessel , of Rochester, N.Y.
James Thesing, of Moorhead, Minn.
Jeremy Van Horn , of Richmond, Vt.
Amy Zeller, of Marion, N.Y.
From the College of Health Sciences and Technology
Trinity Barnosky, of Rochester, N.Y.
Kyle Burke, of Chelmsford, Mass.
Talia McKay, of Windham, Maine
Patrick McMullan, of Easton, Pa.
Natalie Snyder, of Rockville, Md.
From the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Sylvie Alusitz, of Yorktown, N.Y.
Emily Barresi, of Greenwich, Conn.
Brittany Bateman, of Virginia Beach, Va.
Avanell Brock, of North Kingstown, R.I.
Samantha Chalut, of Fenton, Mich.
Olivia Cookfair, of Brookfield, Conn.
Philip Czapla, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Emily DeVault, of Fairmont, W.Va.
Sarah Ann Jump, of Easton, Md.
Alexa Martinez, of Wall, N.J.
Jamie Martinez, of Wall, N.J.
Britta Moberg, of Greenfield Center, N.Y.
Liah Perez Mercado, of Dominican Republic
Elizabeth Pieri, of Syracuse, N.Y.
Jessica Schnall, of Webster, N.Y.
Danielle Smith, of Burke, Va.
Matthew Tidridge, of Milford, Pa.
Hayden Wagner, of Lodi, N.Y.
From the College of Liberal Arts
Lucas Dorsey, of Cazenovia, N.Y.
Brandon Dziedzic, of Buffalo, N.Y.
Alyssa Jackson, of Naples, N.Y.
Tianna Mañón, of Rochester, N.Y.
Courtney Ullger, of Lake Grove, N.Y.
From the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies
Linda Cunningham, of Rush, N.Y.
Blendrit Elezaj , of Pristina, Kosovo
Margarita Gjocaj, of Istog, Kosovo
Edison Jakurti , of Pristina, Kosovo
Nathan Scott, of Colonie, N.Y.
Morgan Scoyne, of Drombo, Ontario, Canada
Linda Shuku, of Pristina, Kosovo
Kushtrim Spahiu, of Pristina, Kosovo
Dina Vllasaliu, of Pristina, Kosovo
From the National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit toured RIT to learn more about the university’s capabilities in photography, imaging science and science. He presented "Astronauts' Guide to Photography," which highlighted his 370 days in space, and how science and art grow by being active at a new frontier.
Original Source: University News
Glitter Cloud May Serve as Space Mirror
Astronomy and Space Science
Apr. 15, 2015
This image shows white light reflected off of a glitter mirror onto a camera sensor. Researchers tested this in a laboratory as part of the concept of "Orbiting Rainbows," a low-cost solution for space telescope mirrors. Credit: G. Swartzlander/Rochester Institute of Technology › Larger image
What does glitter have to do with finding stars and planets outside our solar system? Space telescopes may one day make use of glitter-like materials to help take images of new worlds, according to researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Standard telescopes use solid mirrors to image far-away objects. But the large, complex mirrors needed for astronomy can be quite expensive and difficult to construct. Their size and weight also add to the challenges of launching a space telescope in the first place.
A concept called Orbiting Rainbows seeks to address these issues. Researchers propose using clouds of reflective glitter-like particles in place of mirrors to enable a telescope to view stars and exoplanets. The technology would enable high-resolution imaging at a fraction of the cost.
"It's a floating cloud that acts as a mirror," said Marco Quadrelli from JPL, the Orbiting Rainbows principal investigator. "There is no backing structure, no steel around it, no hinges; just a cloud."
In the proposed Orbiting Rainbows system, the small cloud of glitter-like grains would be trapped and manipulated with multiple laser beams. The trapping happens because of pressure from the laser light -- specifically, the momentum of photons translates into two forces: one that pushes particles away, and another that pushes the particles toward the axis of the light beam. The pressure of the laser light coming from different directions shapes the cloud and pushes the small grains to align in the same direction. In a space telescope, the tenuous cloud would be formed by millions of grains, each possibly as small as fractions of a millimeter in diameter.
Such a telescope would have a wide adjustable aperture, the space through which light passes during an optical or photographic measurement; in fact, it might lead to possibly larger apertures than those of existing space telescopes.
It would also be much simpler to package, transport and deploy, than a conventional space telescope.
"You deploy the cloud, trap it and shape it," Quadrelli said.
Nature is full of structures that have light-scattering and focusing properties, such as rainbows, optical phenomena in clouds, or comet tails. Observations of these phenomena, and recent laboratory successes in optical trapping and manipulation have contributed to the Orbiting Rainbows concept. The original idea for a telescope based on a laser-trapped mirror was proposed in a 1979 paper by astronomer Antoine Labeyrie at the College de France in Paris.
Now, the Orbiting Rainbows team is trying to identify ways to manipulate and maintain the shape of an orbiting cloud of dust-like matter using laser pressure so it can function as an adaptive surface with useful electromagnetic characteristics, for instance, in the optical or radar bands.
Because a cloud of glitter specks is not a smooth surface, the image produced from those specks in a telescope will be noisier -- with more speckled distortion -- than what a regular mirror would generate. That's why researchers are developing algorithms to take multiple images and computationally remove the speckle effect from the glitter.
To test the idea, co-investigator Grover Swartzlander, an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and his students spread glitter on a concave lens in the laboratory. His team used lasers to represent the light from a double star system. They pointed the speckled mirror at the simulated stars, then used a camera to take pictures. With many exposures and lots of processing, an image of the two "stars" emerged using the glitter mirror.
Researchers made a mirror surface out of glitter to test the idea of using a cloud of reflective particles as a space telescope mirror. They took images of two light sources using this mirror in a laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology. Credit: G. Swartzlander/Rochester Institute of Technology › Larger image
"This is a major achievement," Quadrelli said. "This demonstrates a highly controlled experiment in which we were able to do imaging in the visible light spectrum."
The technology could be used more easily for radio-band signals. Because the wavelength is so much longer (about one centimeter, compared to nanometers in visible light), the mirror grains don't have to be as precisely controlled or aligned. This opens up Earth science applications such as earthquake detection and remote sensing of water and other phenomena. JPL's Darmindra Arumugam is investigating possible mechanisms for remote sensing with Orbiting Rainbows.
The JPL optical design team, including Scott Basinger and Mayer Rud, has been working on the adaptive optics techniques that would be needed by an Orbiting Rainbows telescope. So far, the team has been exploring reflective, refractive and diffractive versions of a telescope based on Orbiting Rainbows, with maximum sensitivity to one specific frequency.
Orbiting Rainbows has not yet been demonstrated in space. For a test in low-Earth orbit, the researchers would deploy a telescope with a small patch of particles, no larger than a bottle cap, to show that it can be trapped and shaped to reflect light. The next step would be to make many of these patches and synthesize an aperture with which to do imaging.
The project represents a new application of "granular matter," materials such as dust grains, powders and aerosols. Such materials are very light, can be produced at low-cost and could be useful to the space exploration community. In this particular project, the "glitter" may be tiny granules of metallic-coated plastic, quartz or some other material.
Orbiting Rainbows is currently in Phase II development through the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. It was one of five technology proposals chosen for continued study in 2014. In the current phase, Orbiting Rainbows researchers are conducting small-scale ground experiments to demonstrate how granular materials can be manipulated using lasers and simulations of how the imaging system would behave in orbit.
NIAC is a program of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, located at the agency's headquarters in Washington. JPL is managed by the California Institute of Technology for NASA.
For a complete list of the selected proposals and more information about NIAC, visit:
NY pledges $200 million for photonics center in Rochester
New York state is promising to pony up $200 million toward a photonics prototyping and testing facility in Rochester if Uncle Sam also kicks in.
Apr. 9, 2015
The SUNY Research Foundation, the University of Central Florida and the University of Southern California all are vying for $110 million from the U.S. Defense Department for a high-tech Institute for Manufacturing Innovation focused on photonics. That Institute has to be matched with at least $110 million in non-federal funding.
The SUNY Research Foundation pitch revolves around numerous educational institutions and companies partnering up, including the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona, as well as Corning Inc. and IBM.
The SUNY Research proposal is significantly Rochester-centric and points out the significant number of optics and photonics companies locally. Its ultimate aim is cutting the cost of photonics-related technology as well as making an easier path for turning those technologies into products.
In a letter released Thursday by the office of U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, state Department of Economic Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky wrote the Air Force — the lead agency in the Defense Department project — saying that if the New York-centric application is chosen, the Empire State would chip in $250 million over the next five years.
That state money would include $200 million toward building and equipping a photonics prototyping and testing facility that would be located in Rochester, Zemsky wrote. It did not give any details.
Slaughter and U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand all have thrown their political weight behind the SUNY Research Foundation proposal, and Slaughter in December wrote a letter to the Cuomo administration in Albany, pushing it to commit money to the plan.
In a statement Thursday, Slaughter said, "The strong industry and state support we've built for our bid to secure the federal Institute for Manufacturing Innovation gives our application the competitive advantage needed to compete and win."
The deadline for proposals to be submitted was March 31. The final selection is expected to be made in June.
Photonics, a cousin of optics, involves generating and controlling light waves and photons, the particles that make up light. And the optics and photonics industry has pointed to numerous applications with big potential economic impact, such as using light as a medical diagnostic and even treatment tool to better computer vision for more process automation in manufacturing to nano-photonic materials replacing the liquid crystal display and light emitting diode displays that are ubiquitous on phones, tablets, televisions and destktops.
Foundations of Imaging Science Summer Short Course Being Offered Again in 2015
Full scholarships are available
Apr. 6, 2015
The Center for Emerging & Innovative Sciences, based at the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester, is again offering a series of Optics, Photonics, and Imaging (OPI) short courses for the summer of 2015. The courses are designed for anyone interested in furthering their career in the OPI industries, including people who would like to transition into these industries.
CIS is pleased to be included in this offering with a 10-day course in Foundations of Imaging Science. If you or anyone you know would be interested in attending our short course, you may find more information by visiting the course description website.
RIT microsystems director receives IEEE Technical Excellence Award
Engineering Professor Bruce Smith recognized for achievements in advanced nanolithography
Mar. 24, 2015
Bruce Smith, director of the microsystems engineering doctoral program at Rochester Institute of Technology (as well as CIS extended faculty and Ph.D. alumnus), was recently presented an IEEE Region 1 Technical Innovation Award. Smith, a senior member of the local and national IEEE society, was recognized for his influential work in advancing the field of nanolithography for semiconductor devices.
The award, presented this past December, is both a reflection of his professional and research endeavors as well as his influence educating and mentoring engineering students in the fields of micro- and nano-technology.
“I am pleased to receive this award and this recognition. IEEE is an organization that has historically been tuned-in to the engineering activities in Rochester, not only from an industrial perspective but also, significantly, with the universities,” said Smith. “IEEE is an influential professional society recognized throughout the world. And the local involvement of IEEE among Rochester professionals, faculty and students is very big. This helps to create a very gratifying organization.”
Smith directs research activities in the Nanolithography Research Laboratory in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and is a member of the university’s Innovation Hall of Fame. His areas of expertise include high-resolution semiconductor lithography, thin film materials and optical systems. A member of the faculty since 1988, Smith has published more than 200 papers, a textbook and several book chapters. He also holds 27 patents in the areas of illumination systems, masking devices, optical system design and materials engineering, several of which have been licensed for commercialization.
He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. He holds memberships in the American Vacuum Society, the Society for Information Display and the American Society for Engineering Education. He has served as visiting professor with SEMATECH at the University of Texas, Austin as well as at the international semiconductor research organization IMEC in Leuven, Belgium.
Smith is currently on a yearlong sabbatical, increasing his involvement with IEEE and other professional societies, coordinating several international conferences, as well as working on high-resolution lithography research with semiconductor industry organizations.
RIT graduate students recognized for exemplary research in astrophysics
Astronomy and Space Science
Students in RIT’s astrophysical sciences and technology program awarded for excellence
Apr. 4, 2014
Valerie Rapson and Kevin Cooke (Photo by A. Sue Weisler)
Two graduate students in the Rochester Institute of Technology astrophysical sciences and technology program were recognized with Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards for their outstanding research posters at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., in January.
Kevin Cooke and Valerie Rapson were among 31 winners chosen from nearly 450 students who entered the student competition. The Chambliss awards recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present posters at the society meetings.
Cooke, a first-year master’s student from Green Township, N.J., a won a gold-plated brass Chambliss medal for his poster on “Investigation of Extended Emission Line Regions in Intermediate Redshift BCGs.”
Rapson, a doctoral candidate and a resident of Greece, N.Y., received a certificate of honorable mention for her poster on “A Spitzer and Herschel Study of the Protoplanetary Disk Around the Young Nearby System V4046 Sg.”
RIT was represented at the society meeting with 19 poster presentations by high school, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and an alumnus, as well with a dissertation and oral presentation.
Original Source: University News
Women in science, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship connect at RIT April 28
Professional organization looks to increase membership
Apr. 21, 2014
Women in science, technology, engineering and business in universities and industries will meet for a roundtable discussion and networking event to help women gain regional connections and global impact in their fields.
The roundtable discussion will include Stefi Baum, professor/director, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT; Jannick Rolland, professor, Institute of Optics and director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Engineering, University of Rochester; Kelly Hutchinson-Anderson, assistant professor of chemistry education, Nazareth College; Toni Whited, professor, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, UR; Linda Marshall, president, Linmar Enterprises Inc.; and Kathleen Schubach, account executive, IPLogic Inc.
WiSTEE Connect—founded and chaired by Jie Qiao, associate professor in RIT’s Center for Imaging Sciences—promotes women’s leadership in science, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship; bridges the gap between science, technology and business; and provides a forum to learn, connect and lead.
The organization aims to create extended networks to advance junior and mid-career women through career growth rather than career entry and support women in entrepreneurship in science and technology. WiSTEE Connect looks to form national and international connections.