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Dr. James Pearson

Dr. James Pearson

Special Consultant



407-451-2199 (Office)
678-455-3459 (Home)


Cumming, GA (Alt Office)


James Pearson is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and a Senior Member of IEEE. Career Experience prior to UCF:
1999 – 2004: Executive Director, ISA – The Instrumentation, Systems, & Automation Society. Responsible for all staff operations for 35,000 member international engineering society.
1993 – 1999: Executive Director, SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering. Responsible for all staff operations for 12,000 member international engineering society.
1991 – 1993: Chief Scientist, United Technologies Research Center.
1976 – 1991: United Technologies. President & General Manager of United Technologies Optical Systems. Responsible for all operations of $60M business. Products included high power laser optics, optical systems, laser radar components & systems, custom optics.
1973 – 1976: Hughes Research Laboratories. R&D on adaptive optical systems for atmospheric compensation.
Personal: Married – Nanci. Two children; one son, one daughter; 3 grandsons. Hobbies: photography, skiing, golf, gardening.

Awards & Honors

Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
2001 President of CESSE
1998 President's Award, CESSE
1992 Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, member
1985 Life Member, NDIA
1982 IEEE Senior Member

Recent Publications

J.E. Pearson and P.J. Olson
"Integrating statewide research & education resources for homeland security: the State University System of Florida Consortium on Homeland Security"
Proc. SPIE, 5781, 32-38
James Pearson
"The Future of Engineering Societies"
CEO Winter meeting, February, 2000; Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives
James Pearson
"Web-Based Collaboration"
CEO Winter meeting, Council of Engineering & Scientific Society Executives, February
M.J. Soileau and J.E. Pearson
"Is Optics a Separate Discipline?"
Proc. SPIE, vol. 3190, 141
James Pearson
"Optics and Optical Engineering – A Distinct Technical Discipline"
Optics & Photonics News (OPN)
J.E. Pearson
"Concept For an International Optics and Photonics Industries Association"
in "Global Networking of Regional Optics Clusters", R.P. Breault, Editor, Proc. SPIE, 1996, pp. 51-62
James E. Pearson, editor
"Adaptive Optics"
SPIE Press: SPIE Milestone Series MS92
James E. Pearson, editor
"Optical Technologies for Aerospace Sensing"
SPIE Press: SPIE Critical Reviews of Science and Technology, CR47
James Pearson
"Industry's Role in Optics Education"
Proc. SPIE, 978, 101
J. E. Pearson & R.H. Freeman
"Deformable Mirrors for All Seasons and Reasons "
Appl. Opt. vol. 21, 580

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