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Dr. Kathleen A. Richardson

Dr. Kathleen A. Richardson

Pegasus Professor of Optics & Photonics

Glass Processing and Characterization Lab



407-823-6815 (Office)




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
2018 Pegasus Professor Award
2017 IDeX Visiting Scholar, Université Bordeaux (FRANCE)
2017 Malcolm G. McClaren Distinguished Lecturer Award Rutgers University Department of Materials Science
2017 Excellence in Research Award
2016 OSA 100th anniversary Global Women of Light panelist
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 Society of Glass Technology (SGT), United Kingdom, Fellow

Recent Publications

Y. Zhang, J. B. Chou, Q. Zhang, J. Li, H. Li, Q. Du, A. Yadav, M. Kang, C. Blanco, H. Zhong, M. Shalaginov, J. Grossman, R. Soref, V. Liberman, K. Richardson, J. Hu, and T. Gu
"Reconfigurable photonics enabled by optical phase change materials"
Photonics Europe 2018
Kathleen Richardson, Myungkoo Kang, Laura Sisken, Anupama Yadav, Cesar Blanco, Michael Antia, Antoine Lepicard, Marc Dussauze, Casey Schwarz, Carlo Pantano, Clara Rivero-Baleine, Andrew Kirk, Samantha Mensah, Stephen Kuebler, Chris Grabill, Spencer Novak, Cheng Li, Weiwei Deng, Juejun Hu, Pao-Tai Lin, Anu Agarwal, Theresa Mayer, Alexej Pogrebnyakov, Andrew Swisher
"Advances in infrared GRIN: novel materials towards components and devices"
2018 SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing - Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR III
Casey Schwarz, Myungkoo Kang, Carlo Pantano, Kathleen Richardson, Clara Rivero-Baleine, Stephen Kuebler, Chris Grabill, Jarrett Rice, Quentin Altemose, Katie Raichle, Brittani Schnable, Ian Wietecha-Reiman
"Optical and crystal growth studies of ZnO-Bi2O3-B2O3 glass"
2018 SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing - Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR III
Yifei Zhang, Jeffrey B. Chou, Huashan Li, Junying Li, Qingyang Du, Anupama Yadav, Zhuoran Fang, Mikhail Shalaginov, Tian Gu, Jamie Warner, Jeffrey Grossman, Vladimir Liberman, Kathleen Richardson, and Juejun Hu
"Optical phase change materials: the altering face of a chameleon"
MRS spring meeting 2018 Symposium EP07—Phase-Change Materials and Their Applications—Memories, Photonics, Displays and Non-von Neumann Computing
Anupama Yadav, Derek M Kita, Peter Su, Anuradha Murthy Agarwal, Juejun Hu, Marc Dussauze and Kathleen Richardson
"Thermal conductivity of chalcogenide glasses measured by raman spectroscopy"
2018 SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing- UV through LWIR Optics III
Yifei Zhang, Jeffrey B. Chou, Junying Li, Qingyang Du, Qihang Zhang, Huikai Zhong, Anupama Yadav, Myungkoo Kang, Zhuoran Fang, Hanyu Zheng, Mikhail Shalaginov, Tian Gu, Kathleen Richardson, Vladimir Liberman, Juejun Hu
"Broadband low-loss optical phase change materials and devices"
Photonics West 2018
Juejun Hu, Kathleen Richardsohn
"Chalcogenide glass-on-2D-materials photonics"
Photonics West 2018
L. Li, H. Lin, Y. Huang, R.J. Shiue, A. Yadav, J. Li, J. Michon, D. Englund, K.A. Richardson, T. Gu, and J. Hu
"High-performance flexible waveguide-integrated photodetectors"
Optica 5 (1), 44-51 (2018)
Quentin Altemose, Katrina Raichle, Brittani Schnable, Casey Schwarz, Myungkoo Kang, Carlo Pantano, Kathleen Richardson, and Clara Rivero-Baleine
"In-situ x-ray diffraction studies of crystallization growth behavior in ZnO-Bi2O3-B2O3 glass as a route to functional optical devices"
MRS Advances, 3, 1 (2018)
H. Lin, Y. Song, Y. Huang, D. Kita, K. Wang, L. Li, J. Li, H. Zheng, S. Deckoff-Jones, Z. Luo, H. Wang, S. Novak, A. Yadav, K. Huang, T. Gu, D. Hewak, K.A. Richardson, J. Kong, and J. Hu
"Chalcogenide Glass-on-Graphene Photonics"
Nature Photonics, 11(12), pp. 798


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