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SPIE Faculty Talk Series Seminar: “A Creole boy goes to CREOL: Many hands make light work” by Dr. M.J. Soileau

Celebrating the International Year of Light 2015


Dr. M.J. Soileau

V.P. for Research and Professor of Optics, ECE & Physics


In this talk I will share my life’s journey in optics.   I will speak about what led me to a career in optics, a very improbable journey indeed!   The first part of the title is a bit of word play relating to my ancestry (9th generation in this country, but first in my family to speak English as my primary language) and the myth about how the name CREOL came about.   The sub title is meant to emphasize that the story I have to tell is about collaboration, mentorship, and friendship.   Anything that I have been able to accomplish in optics is due to the helping hands of many people.   The other meaning intended by the subtitle is that the many hands of the people at CREOL are putting light to work to develop Florida’s innovation economy.


Position: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL         

Vice President for Research & Commercialization and Distinguished Prof. of Optics, ECE, and Physics, June 1999-Present

Interim Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies, July 1998-June 1999

Director, School of Optics/CREOL, University of Central Florida, January 1987 to June 1999



Ph.D.  Electrical Engineering/Quantum Electronics-University of Southern California 1979

M.S.    Physics/Optics-University of Utah 1968

B.S.    Astronomy and Physics-Louisiana State University 1967


Present Duties:  Heads the UCF Office of Research & Commercialization which includes:

  1.  Office of Sponsored Programs, which, in turn, is responsible for providing contract and grant services for the university faculty and staff. 
  2. Oversight and management of interdisciplinary centers, including, the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), the Institute of Simulation and Training (IST), the Nano Science and Technology Center (NSTC), the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), the Advanced Materials Processing and Application Center (AMPAC), Center for Research in Computer Vision (CRCV) and the Florida Space Institute (FSI.)
  3. The UCF Technology Incubator and the university Technology Transfer Office.
  4. The UCF Research Foundation (the VP Research serves as president of this organization.)
  5. Represents the research agenda of the university in the senior administration and in partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and the private business sector.
  6. Member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Core Team.

Current Board Memberships and Community Service:

bioOrlando Scientific Council

Board of Directors of BEAM, Inc. (UCF Spin-off Company)

Board of Directors of Aquafiber, Corp.

Board of Directors of the Florida Photonics Cluster (501.c.3 Corporation)

President UCF Research Foundation (501.c.3 Corporation)

Board of Trustees (past Chairman) of the Orlando Science (501.c.3 corporation)

President, Laser Induced Damage, Inc. (501.c.3 Corporation)

Vice Chairman of the Board, Florida Research Consortium (FRC)(501.c3 corporation)

Board (and Past Chair) of the Orange County Research and Development Authority

Board and Executive Committee of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation

Space Florida Education and Research Committee

Tech Council of Enterprise Florida

Selected Honors:

Gold Medal of the SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2008

Ester Hoffman Beller Medal of the OSA (Optical Society of America), 2007

President of the SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 1997

Director’s Award, SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 1998

Fellow of the SPIE, the OSA, AAAS (American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science), National Academy of Inventors, and the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers)

Elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering Sciences, 1995

Charter Member, National Academy of Inventors

Distinguished Service Appreciation Medal by the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain

Publications and Presentations: 

Over 170 technical and scientific papers in the general areas of optics, laser induced damage to optical materials and nonlinear optics.

Past Positions: Founding Director of CREOL and the UCF School of Optics, Officer, USAF (1967-73), VP MITS, Inc. (1971-72), Research Scientist, US Navy (1973-80), Prof. Of Physics, University of North Texas, (1980-86).

 For additional information: 

Md Javed Rouf Talukder


Posted Thursday, June 11, 2015

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