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Author(s): Michael T. Eismann

Paper Abstract

As I began my career at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), I was surprised and a bit intimidated when I learned that I would be sharing an office with Juris Upatnieks, who I recognized from my Fourier optics education as one of the pioneers of off-axis holography (along with Emmitt Leith at the University of Michigan). He was a recognizable name in the optics field while I was just a young engineer right out of college, so I thought it was an odd pairing. Fortunately, Juris was a true gentleman with a pleasant and easy-going demeanor, and I quickly became very comfortable in his presence. He was also a skilled experimentalist with a knack for taking ideas sketched out on paper and actually making them work in the laboratory. As the first in a long line of professional colleagues that I consider to be my mentors, he was a positive influence on my laboratory skills while others shaped my analytical, technical writing, project management, and other competencies. Ultimately, I drew a little from each to make me the professional I am today.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2014
PDF: 1 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(10) 100101 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.10.100101
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 10
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Michael T. Eismann, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

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