Eric W. Van Stryland
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
I will share my career experiences in attempting to unravel the various nonlinear optical processes occurring in materials (solid, liquid, gas) at high, but not too high, optical fields, i.e., where perturbation theory is still valid. I also note the importance of collaborations on one’s career!
Eric Van Stryland received a PhD in Physics in 1976, from the Univ. of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, then joined the Center for Laser Studies, Univ. of Southern California, and in 1987 went to the physics department at the Univ. of North. In l987 he joined the newly formed CREOL at the Univ. of Central Florida. His current research interests are in the characterization of the nonlinear optical properties of materials and their temporal response as well as the applications of these nonlinear materials properties for optical switching, beam control etc. It has been his privilege to work for the students and faculty of CREOL since joining. His students, post docs, and collaborators have greatly contributed to the field of nonlinear optics. He is a fellow of OSA, IEEE, SPIE and APS. He was elected President of the OSA for 2006. He Helped graduate 39 Ph.D.'s who published ~300 papers. He was Director of the School of Optics/CREOL from 1999 to 2004. With the elevation of the School to a College, he became its first dean. In January, 2009 he retired as Dean but continued as a faculty member in the College. He became a Trustee Chair in 2012, and was awarded OSA’s R.W. Wood Prize with Mansoor Sheik-Bahae in 2012. He donated his salary, i.e. retired, Jan. 1 but continues research as a hobby.
Location:CREOL: 103: 103