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Dr. Ronald Driggers

Dr. Ronald Driggers

Professor of Optics & Photonics

Electro-Optical and InfraRed Systems



407-205-3577 (Work)




Ronald G. Driggers is a Professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics and Photonics and works in the area of electro-optical and infrared imaging systems.  He is also a co-founder of Johns Optical Systems in Lake Mary, Florida (since Oct 2014). Previously, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in 2008. There, he managed the efforts of more than 200 scientists and engineers and over $100M in research and development programs. Before 2008, he was the Director of the Modeling and Simulation Division at the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and a brief period as the Chief of the Electro-Optics and Photonics Division at the Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Driggers received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis in 1990, is the author of five books on Infrared and Electro-Optics Systems and has published over 130 research papers. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering (Taylor and Francis). He was selected as the 2002 Army Materiel Command’s Engineer of the Year, 2001 CERDEC Technical Employee of the Year, and 2001 NVESD Technical Employee of the Year. He is a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and was selected as the 2001 Naval Engineering Duty Officer of the Year (William Kastner Award). He is also a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering, the Optical Society of America, and the Military Sensing Symposium. In January 2010, he was assigned as Editor-in-Chief of SPIE’s flagship journal, Optical Engineering, and served as editor for five years. In January 2015, he took over duties as the Editor-in-Chief of the Optical Society of America’s journal Applied Optics.

Recent Publications

R. Driggers, M. Friedman, and J. Nichols
"Introduction to Infrared and Electro-Optical Systems: Second Edition"
Artech House
G. Holst, and R.G. Driggers
"Small detectors in infrared system design"
Optical Engineering 51(9)
R.G. Driggers, R. Vollmerhausen, J. Reynolds, J. Fanning, and G. Holst
"Infrared detector size: how low should you go?"
Optical Engineering 51(6), 063202
Richard H. Vollmerhausen, Donald A. Reago Jr., and Ronald G. Driggers
"Analysis and Evaluation of Sampled Imaging Systems"
SPIE Tutorial
E.J. Boettcher, K. Krapels, R.G. Driggers, J.F. Garcia, C. Schuetz, J. Samluk, L. Stein, W. Kiser, A. Visnansky, J. Grata, D. Wikner, and R. Harris
"Modeling passive millimeter wave imaging sensor performance for discriminating small watercraft"
Applied Optics, 49(19) pp.E58-E66
R.H. Vollmerhausen, R.G. Driggers, and D.L. Wilson
"Predicting range performance of sampled imagers by treating aliased signal as target-dependent noise"
JOSA A, 25(8) pp. 2055-2065
R.H. Vollmerhausen, S. Moyer, K. Krapels, R.G. Driggers, J.G. Hixson, and A.L. Robinson
"Predicting the probability of facial identification using a specific object model"
Applied Optics, 47(6) pp. 751-759
S. Susan Young, Ronald G. Driggers, Eddie L. Jacobs
"Signal Processing and Performance Analysis for Imaging Systems"
Artech House
S. Young, R.G. Driggers, B. Teaney, and E. Jacobs
"Adaptive deblurring of noisy images"
Applied Optics, 46(5)
C. Halford, A. Robinson, R.G. Driggers, and E. Jacobs
"Tilted surfaces in short-wave infrared imagery: speckle simulation and a simple contrast model"
Optical Engineering 46(05)

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