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SPIE appoints Ronald Driggers editor of 'Optical Engineering'

15 April 2009

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE announces the appointment of Ronald G. Driggers of the Naval Research Laboratory as editor of its flagship journal, Optical Engineering, effective 1 January 2010.

Optical Engineering publishes peer-reviewed papers reporting on research and development in optical science and engineering and the practical applications of known optical science, engineering, and technology.

"Ronald Driggers brings the background SPIE seeks in a journal editor -- broad knowledge of the optics field, high regard in the community, and extensive editorial experience," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "The helm of Optical Engineering will be in very able hands going forward."

Driggers brings more than 20 years of experience in electro-optics to the editorship. He is the superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory. He was previously the director of the Modeling and Simulation Division at the U.S. Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate and has worked for or consulted to Lockheed Martin, Science Applications International Corp., EOIR Measurements, Amtec Corp., Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Project Office, Redstone Technical Test Center, and Army Research Laboratory. He received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis in 1990.

Driggers is the author of three books on infrared and electro-optics systems, has published more than 100 papers, and is the editor of Marcel Dekker's Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering. He has served as an associate editor of both Applied Optics and Optical Engineering. He was selected as the 2002 Army Material Command's Engineer of the Year and was selected in the Top 10 2002 Federal Engineers of the Year. He is a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and was selected as the 2001 Engineering Duty Officer of the Year (William Kastner Award). He is a Fellow of SPIE and the Military Sensing Symposia.

Driggers will assume the editorship from Donald O'Shea, Emeritus Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, who has served as editor of Optical Engineering since 1998.

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In 2008, the Society provided more than $1.9 million in support of scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.

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