Scott Carney to lead Optics Institute at University of Rochester

28 June 2017

Photo of Scott CarneyP. Scott Carney, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), has been appointed director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester (USA).

Carney will begin his tenure 1 July, succeeding SPIE Fellow Xi-Cheng Zhang, who will remain on the Institute faculty as the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics.

Carney earned his MA and PhD in physics at Rochester, studying under Emil Wolf, the leading expert in coherence and polarization of optical fields. He coauthored a book chapter on total internal reflection tomography for three-dimensional subwavelength imaging for the 2004 SPIE Press book, "Tribute to Emil Wolf: Science and Engineering Legacy of Physical Optics."

A theorist who has written seminal papers on near-field inverse scattering, his work bridges the gap between pure and applied research. "All of the projects in my group are either driven by applications or are meant to drive new applications," Carney notes.

His principal areas of research include near field microscopy; fundamental optical physics; coherence theory; optical diagnostics; tomography; inverse scattering; spectroscopy; and nonlinear optics.

Among his innovations is a handheld medical diagnostic probe that uses near-infrared light waves rather than ultrasound. The device is produced by Diagnostic Photonics Inc., a startup that Carney cofounded and serves as chief scientific officer.

Carney was recently appointed interim director of the Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship Degree Program at Illinois.

With his new appointment, Carney says he will have "the best job in optics. ... I am absolutely honored to be the new director."

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