New Editor of Optical Engineering

Michael Eismann becomes editor of Optical Engineering.

01 October 2014

SPIE Fellow Michael T. Eismann, senior scientist for electro-optical and infrared sensors at the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), has been named editor-in-chief of Optical Engineering, succeeding Ronald Driggers of St. Johns Optical Systems.

Eismann, who works at the Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is also a member of the SPIE Board of Directors and an internationally recognized authority on passive IR imaging and hyperspectral remote sensing. He performs both basic and applied research in these areas and is the author of the 2012 SPIE Press book, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.

“We are very excited that Mike has taken over the helm of Optical Engineering,” said SPIE Publications Committee Chair John Greivenkamp of University of Arizona.

“Dr. Eismann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be of great benefit to the journal and the entire technical community,” he said. “Mike’s energy and enthusiasm for this new role bodes well for the future of Optical Engineering — the flagship journal of SPIE.”

Eismann said he was honored by the appointment at Optical Engineering and looks forward to maintaining the high scientific standards previous editors have developed for the journal.

“One of my goals will be to further enhance the content of the journal by more proactively drawing upon the numerous scientists and engineers who regularly present their pioneering work at SPIE conferences,” Eismann said. “Optics and photonics are central to technological advances in numerous areas, ranging from medicine to imaging and communications, and Optical Engineering is well positioned to be the leading journal for reporting these exciting innovations.”

Eismann serves as an adjunct professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and as chair of the Optics Technology Focus Group for the Sensors and Electronics Technology panel of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He has also served as symposium chair for SPIE DSS Defense + Security.

His awards and honors include the 2012 SPIE President’s Award and the 2012 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia and the AFRL.

Before joining AFRL in 1996, he was employed by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, where he was involved in research concerning active and passive optical and IR targeting and reconnaissance, optical information processing, and holographic optics. He has a PhD in electro-optics from the University of Dayton.

image of Optical Engineering, the SPIE journalIn an editorial in the August issue of the journal, Eismann acknowledged that the world of scientific journals has changed significantly since he received his first copy of Optical Engineering in graduate school in the 1980s.

“The primary media has shifted from paper to digital, and scientists and engineers now have many alternatives literally at their fingertips to access technical information,” he wrote. “The rate of technology development seems to be ever increasing, making timeliness almost as important as the quality of publication.

“The journal has adapted and will need to continue adapting to these trends to remain a relevant venue for exchanging information about the exciting new work in the optical engineering field.”

The challenge, Eismann says, is to find a balance between having the latest technology and staying true to the journal’s roots, with its high publication standards for originality, significance, and scientific quality.

“My goal,” he says, “is for the journal to remain a vital resource and an inspiration for the next generation of optical engineers who are likely to peruse their first copy of Optical Engineering through their SPIE Digital Library account on their iPad – as I do now.”

Special section on photoelasticity

A special section on digital photoelasticity will be published in Optical Engineering in August 2015.

Papers on digital photoelasticity techniques and their applications in such fields as biomechanical systems, glass-stress analysis, underwater systems, and aerospace will be accepted through 1 November 2014.

Guest editor is Krishnamurthi Ramesh of Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

More information: spie.org/OE


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