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Dr. Kathleen A. Richardson

Dr. Kathleen A. Richardson

Professor of Optics & Photonics

Glass Processing and Characterization Lab



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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 gradient refractive index (GRIN) optics, 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 220 peer-reviewed publications, numerous proceedings and book chapters, and has organized and chaired multiple domestic and international meetings within her discipline.   

In 2016, Dr. Richardson was appointed as a Curator to the Board of Trustees for the Ernst Abbe Fund, Deutsches Stiftung, GERMANY, and became a member of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the Savannah River National Laboratory (US Dept. of Energy), Aiken GA.  Additionally, she was elected as an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics.

Dr. Richardson is Past-President of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), a past-Chair of ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) and a past-President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE). She presently serves on the Coordinating Technical Committee (CTC) of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Dr. Richardson is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and has previously served on advisory boards for 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.

Professor Richardson 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.

Awards & Honors

Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
American Ceramic Society (ACS) Fellow
2017 Excellence in Research Award
2016 Advisory Board member, Savannah River National Laboratory
2016 External Advisor, EUCerMat program (EU)
2016 Curator, Ernst Abbe Foundation (Germany)
2016 Nominee, Air Force Science Advisory Board
2015 Academician, World Academy of Ceramics
2013 Indian Ceramic Society I.D. Varshnei Award
2009 Award for Faculty Excellence, Clemson University Board of Trustees (2005, 2007, 2009)
2009 Outstanding Educator Award, American Ceramic Society, Ceramic Education Council (CEC)
2009 Member, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
2008 Samuel R. Scholes Lecture and Award, Alfred University, Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering
2008 Featured lecturer, SPIE Women in Optics Lecture, SPIE Photonics West meeting, San Jose CA
2006 Featured Scientist, in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), “Women in Optics”
2003 Fellow, Society of Glass Technology, United Kingdom

Recent Publications

Ju Won Choi, Byoung-Uk Sohn, George F. R. Chen, Dawn T. H. Tan, Zhaohong Han, Lionel C. Kimerling, Charmayne Smith, Kathleen A. Richardson , Anuradha M. Agarwal
"Nonlinear optical properties of GeSbS chalcogenide waveguides"
to be presented, CLEO - PacRim conference, Singapore
Hongtao Lin, Yi Song, Yizhong Huang, Derek Kita, Kaiqi Wang, Lan Li, Junying Li, Hanyu Zheng, Zhengqian Luo, Spencer Novak, Chung-Che Huang, Daniel Hewak, Kathleen Richardson, Jing Kong, Juejun Hu
"Chalcogenide Glass-on-Graphene Photonics "
to be presented, CLEO 2017
Jean-Etienne Tremblay, Yung-Hsiang Lin, Po-Kai Hsu, Marcin Malinowski, Spencer Novak, Pengfei Qiao, Connie Chang-Hasnain, Kathleen Richardson, Sasan Fathpour, and Ming C. Wu
"Large Bandwidth Silicon Nitride Spot-Size Converter for Efficient Supercontinuum Coupling to Chalcogenide Waveguide "
to be presented, CLEO 2017
Lan Li, Hongtao Lin, Jerome Michon, Sarah Geiger, Hanyu Zheng, Yizhong Huang, Junying Li, Shutao Qiao, Nanshu Lu, Anupama Yadav, Kathleen Richardson, Xinqiao Jia, Tian Gu, and Juejun Hu
"Mechanically flexible integrated photonic systems for sensing and communications "
Symposium H02: Solid-State Electronics and Photonics in Biology and Medicine, Electrochemical Society, CA
K. Richardson
"Chalcogenide glasses – a versatile platform for innovations in the infrared"
presented at SPCTS, University of Limoges, FRANCE (March 7, 2017)
K. Richardson
"Chalcogenide glasses – a versatile platform for innovations in the infrared"
presented as the Malcolm G. McClaren Distinguished (award) Lecture, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, (March 31, 2017)
Hongtao Lin, Derek Kita, Zhaohong Han, Peter Su, Anu Agarwal, Anupama Yadav, Kathleen Richardson, Tian Gua, Juejun Hu
"Integrated photonics for infrared spectroscopic sensing "
SPIE Microtechnology conference (2017)
D. Kita, H. Lin, A. Agarwal, K.A. Richardson, I. Luzinov, T. Gu, and J. Hu
"On-chip infrared spectroscopic sensing: redefining the benefits of scaling"
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 23(2)
M. Kang, Y. Yuwen, W. Hu, S. Yun, K. Mahalingam, K. Eyng, B. Jiang, K. Richardson, T. Mayer
"Self-Organized Freestanding One-Dimensional Au Nanoparticle Arrays "
submitted to ACS Nano
C. Li, S. Novak, S.A. Denisov, N.D. McClenaghan, N. Patel, A. Agarwal, K.A. Richardson, and W. Deng
"Deposition of quantum dot-doped Ge23sb7s70 chalcogenide glass films by electrospray"
Thin Solid Films 624 194-199


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