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David Haefner
2010 PhD in Optics
XDavid Haefner
2010 PhD in Optics

Current Position: Electronics Engineer at Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD)

Modeling and Simulation Division; Modeling and Measurement Services Branch
• Technical lead of advance sensor evaluation facility (ASEF).
• Improved accuracy of standard imaging system measurement procedures (MTF, FOV, 3D Noise, spectral response)
• Developed VIS, NIR, and SWIR systems measurement capabilities
• Developed time constant and integration measurement capabilities
• Derived algorithms for NVLabCap measurement software
Modeling and Simulation Division; Sensor Performance Branch
Work included:
• Furthered NVESD models to include degradation of human performance in the presence of aliasing in sampled imagers
• Analyzed human performance in response color stimuli
• Assessed robustness of iris recognition algorithms through simulated camera degradations

How an Education from the College of Optics and Photonics has helped his career:

I am satisfied with how CREOL has prepared me.  Although my work is far from my dissertation research, the core classes provided me with a very solid foundation for future study.  More than anything, CREOL taught me how to systematically approach research questions, allowing me to find the solution quickly and accurately.

Advice for Graduate students:

My best advice would be to maintain the relationships with the faculty and their fellow students.  Diversify their experience by taking all the lab courses and try to collaborate outside their group whenever possible.  Invite others into their lab and explain their experiments, difficulties, and methods.

Umar Piracha
2012 PhD in Electrical Engineering
Gabriel Popescu
2002 PhD in Optics
Hubert Seigneur
2010 PhD in Optics
Michaël Hemmer
2011 PhD in Optics

Optics & Photonics PhD: Program


The Optics PhD program provides the highest-quality education in optical science and engineering, allowing students to conduct scholarly, fundamental, and applied research, while aiding in the development of Florida's and the nation's technology-based industries. Read more...

Degree Requirements

The Optics PhD requires a minimum of 72 hours graduate semester credit hours, as described in the table below. Detail requirements are given in the Graduate Catalog.
PhD Requirements: 72 credit hours overall
Coursework (39 Hours) Core (15 hours) OSE 5115 Interference, Diffraction and Coherence
OSE 5312 Light Matter Interactions
OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation
OSE 6211 Imaging & Optical Systems
OSE Laser Engineering
Additional Coursework requirements (24 hours) At least 15 hours must be Optics course work
At least 6 hours science/engineering graduate laboratory (at least 3 hours must be in Optics)
Research and Dissertation (33 Hours) Dissertation Hours At least 15 hours of dissertation (OSE 7980)
Other No more than 18 hours combined of directed research, doctoral research and independent studies, (OSE 6918, 7919 or 6908) may be counted toward the PhD degree.

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