Professor, Donald C. O'Shea
SPIE President for 2000
Donald C. O'Shea received a Bachelor of Physics from the University of Akron, a Master of Science in Physics from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University. Following his work at Hopkins, where his thesis advisor was Herman Cummins, one of Charles Townes' doctoral students, he became a postdoctoral fellow at the Gordon McKay Laboratory at Harvard University. In 1970, he joined the faculty of the School of Physics, where he is now Professor of Physics and coordinator of the Applied Optics program. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona and at the University of Oulu, Finland.
Dr. O'Shea is a Fellow of the SPIE and the Optical Society of America. He was SPIE President during 2000 and remains on the SPIE Executive Committee as Immediate Past President. Having finished his year as President, he returns to his position as editor of the Optical Engineering.
His current research interest is the application of optical engineering to ultrafast pulse devices. He is the co-inventor of a display system for low vision patients and has published more than 50 scientific publications and presented a similar number at national and international scientific meetings.
He co-authored an undergraduate textbook on lasers, An Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications (Addison-Wesley, 1977) and published an undergraduate textbook on optical design, Elements of Modern Optical Design (Wiley, 1985). He created the Optics Discovery Kit for the Optical Society of America for use in precollege education. He was awarded the Esther Hoffman Beller Award by the Optical Society of America for "excellence in the field of optics education".