The International Society for Optics and Photonics
CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics
The mission of SPIE Student Chapter is to advance an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light and provide professional development opportunities for UCF students.

SPIE Student Chapter Faculty Talk Series: "Living the interdisciplinary dream – in a discipline-specific world" by Dr. Kathleen Richardson

Celebrating the International Year of Light 2015


 Dr. Kathleen Richardson


Ever wonder how we’re supposed to be prepared for the ever-changing workplace?  Do you question if your University experience and that recently minted, high price-tag degree gives you what you really need to know to survive the demands of the ‘real world’?  Isn’t the University supposed to be the place where we are taught all the things we need to know to be able to land that dream job, balance our work and home life time demands, and at the same time, be intellectually challenged in a way that keeps us loving the opportunity to come to work each day? What skills might I try to find and acquire now, that could help me in my future jobs – since current grads will likely hold multiple positions over the course of their careers?   This talk gives a few examples of my perspective on these questions and how the ‘non-traditional’ way of getting there (with a variety of previously unseen peaks and valleys they don’t teach you about in school) is neither the route that is typically taken nor the stuff that your discipline-specific title on your diploma prepares you for.


Dr. Kathleen Richardson is currently Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL, where she runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL).  Most recently at Clemson University, she and her research team carry out synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for optical applications, examining the role of structure/property relationships on resulting optical function and performance in bulk, planar and fiber optical materials.  Prof. Richardson's group has extensive industrial and government supported research programs evaluating materials for precision molded optics, the use of non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, evaluation of complex material interactions in next-generation integrated opto-electronic chip design, and in nano-composites for advanced detection and optical applications.  Prof. Richardson’s group is a leading source of expertise in the evaluation of photo-induced structure/property modification mechanisms in non-oxide glasses for optical applications, and has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed publications, numerous proceedings and book chapters, and has organized and chaired multiple domestic and international meetings within her discipline.  

Dr. Richardson is currently President of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and a past-Chair of ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) and a past-President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE).  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and the Coordinating Technical Committee (CTC) of the International Commission on Glass (ICG).  Most recently, Dr. Richardson has served on advisory boards of numerous organizations, including the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Virginia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, the NSF-ERC on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) at Princeton University and as part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), in Sydney Australia. She is a recognized world leader in infrared glass research and education, and as a result of these efforts, currently holds the rank of Fellow, in the American Ceramic Society, the Society of Glass Technology (UK), SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA). Since 2006, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.


For additional information

Javed Rouf Talukder

President of SPIE student chapter


Posted Friday, April 24, 2015

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