WiLO
Women in Lasers and Optics
CREOL The College of Optics & Photonics

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Richardson is currently Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL, where she runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL). Most recently at Clemson University, she and her research team carry out synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for optical applications, examining the role of structure/property relationships on resulting optical function and performance in bulk, planar and fiber optical materials. Prof. Richardson's group has extensive industrial and government supported research programs evaluating materials for precision molded optics, the use of non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, evaluation of complex material interactions in next-generation integrated opto-electronic chip design, and in nano-composites for advanced detection and optical applications. Her group is a leading source of expertise in the evaluation of photo-induced structure/property modification mechanisms in non-oxide glasses for optical applications.

Prof. Richardson has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed publications, numerous proceedings and edited book and book chapters, and has organized and chaired multiple domestic and international meetings within her discipline. She is currently President-elect of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and a past-Chair of ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) and a past-President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE). She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Most recently, Dr. Richardson has served on advisory boards of numerous organizations, including the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Virginia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, the NSF-ERC on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) at Princeton University and as part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), in Sydney Australia. She is a recognized world leader in infrared glass research and education, and as a result of these efforts, currently holds the rank of Fellow, in the American Ceramic Society, the Society of Glass Technology (UK), SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA). In addition, since 2006, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.

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