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Saleh appointed new UCF dean

Boston University Professor Bahaa Saleh has been named the new dean of the University of Central Florida's College of Optics and Photonics.

Saleh has contibuted more than 25 papers to SPIE conferences over the last 15 years. He was the recipient of the 2004 SPIE BACUS Award for his work on Optical Proximity Correction (OPC), or the introduction of deliberate changes in the mask to equalize known optical error in the lithographic system. OPC has become a mainstay for the huge photomask industry.

Saleh has served as a professor and chairman of Boston University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1994. He is the deputy director of the National Science Foundation Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems and co-director of the Quantum Imaging Laboratory at BU. As dean, Saleh will also direct the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) housed within the College of Optics and Photonics.

He and current dean Eric Van Stryland will work together during the next several months to ensure a smooth transition of leadership at the college. Van Stryland has overseen UCF's optics programs for the past nine years; he originally accepted the position as a short-term appointment and now hopes to focus more on his research in nonlinear optics.

Full press release from University of Central Florida