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Donald C. O'Shea

Prof. Donald C. O'Shea

Professor Emeritus
Georgia Institute of Technology


1146 Lullwater Rd. NE

Atlanta GA 30307-1246
United States

tel: 404 373 0035
E-mail: doshea@gatech.edu

Area of Expertise

Optics, optical engineering

Biography

Donald C. O'Shea received a Bachelor of Physics from the University of Akron, a Master of Science in Physics from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University. Following his work at Hopkins, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Gordon McKay Laboratory at Harvard University. In 1970, he joined the faculty of the School of Physics. In July 2004 he has retired as Emeritus Professor of Physics. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona and at the University of Oulu, Finland.

His current research interest is the application of optical engineering to ultrafast pulse devices. He is the co-inventor of a display system for low vision patients and has published more than 50 scientific publications and presented a similar number at national and international scientific meetings.

He co-authored an undergraduate textbook on lasers, An Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications (Addison-Wesley, 1977), published an undergraduate textbook on optical design, Elements of Modern Optical Design (Wiley, 1985), and a tutorial text, Diffractive Optics (SPIE Press, 2004). He created the Optics Discovery Kit for the Optical Society of America for use in pre-college education. He was awarded the Esther Hoffman Beller Award by the Optical Society of America for "excellence in the field of optics education".

Dr. O'Shea is a Fellow of the SPIE and the Optical Society of America. He was SPIE President during 2000. He is currently the editor of Optical Engineering, the flagship journal of SPIE.

Lecture Title(s)

Publishing Optics
The publication of the results of our research in a scientific journal is the final step in our scientific effort. This practice began on February 16, 1672 in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. This talk will describe the first scientific research paper. Until recently, things have changed little. As Editor of Optical Engineering, I will describe the procedures that we currently use to publish papers in this digital electronics era. As we move from print publications to electronic versions we will gain flexibility and easy access to many more publications, but the system that been maintained for over 300 years is being challenged by one that promotes free access to all scientific publications. What could be so wrong with that? This talk will discuss the trade-offs that must be made as the nature of publishing research changes.

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