Michael Eismann named editor of SPIE’s 'Optical Engineering' journal

Imaging, remote sensing expert will lead SPIE flagship journal

01 August 2014
Michael Eismann
Michael Eismann

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Michael Eismann of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has been named editor-in-chief of Optical Engineering as of 1 August. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

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

"We are very excited that Mike has taken over the helm of Optical Engineering," said SPIE Publications Committee Chair John Greivenkamp, a professor at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. "Dr. Eismann is an internationally recognized expert on electro-optical and infrared sensors. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be of great benefit to the journal and the entire technical community. Mike's energy and enthusiasm for this new role bodes well for the future of Optical Engineering -- the flagship journal of SPIE."

Eismann succeeds Ronald Driggers of St. Johns Optical Systems, who served as editor-in-chief from January 2010 through June 2014.

"I am honored to succeed some exceptional editors of Optical Engineering and look forward to maintaining the high scientific standards they have developed for the journal," Eismann said. "As we move forward, 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. 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 is the senior scientist for electro-optical and infrared sensors at the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He is an internationally recognized authority on passive infrared imaging and hyperspectral remote sensing, and continues to perform both basic and applied research in these areas.

Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and as chairman of the Optics Technology Focus Group for the Sensors and Electronics Technology panel of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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 infrared targeting and reconnaissance, optical information processing, and holographic optics.

A Fellow of SPIE, Eismann is a member of the SPIE Board of Directors and has served as symposium chair for SPIE DSS Defense + Security. He is the author of an SPIE Press monograph entitled Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.

Eismann received his PhD in electro-optics from the University of Dayton, his MS in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his BS in physics from Thomas More College.

Among his prestigious awards and honors are the SPIE President's Award and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Optical Engineering is published online in the SPIE Digital Library. For more information, see www.spie.org/OE or access OE in the SPIE Digital Library.

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