Biographies of the Editors-in-Chief of Optics Express

The success of Optics Express is due in part to the world-class Editors whose vision and leadership have propelled the Journal to its standing in the community. To learn more about these key leaders, browse the biographies of all of the Editors-in-Chief of Optics Express. We recognize their accomplishments and appreciate their service.

Andrew M. Weiner (2013–present)

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Andrew Weiner is the Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. After earning his Sc.D. in electrical engineering in 1984 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined Bellcore, at that time a premier telecommunications industry research organization, first as Member of Technical Staff and later as Manager of Ultrafast Optics and Optical Signal Processing Research. He moved to Purdue as Professor in 1992, and has since graduated over 35 Ph.D. students.

Prof. Weiner has authored a textbook entitled Ultrafast Optics and over 300 journal articles and 500 conference papers, and is inventor of 18 U.S. patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2008), a Department of Defense National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (2009), and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2017). He also served a three-year term as Chair of the National Academy's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Meeting. Prof. Weiner's numerous awards include the Hertz Foundation Doctoral Thesis Prize (1984), OSA's Adolph Lomb Medal (1990) and R.W. Wood Prize (2008), the International Commission on Optics Prize (1997), and the IEEE Photonics Society's William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award (1999) and Quantum Electronics Prize (2011). Purdue has recognized him with the inaugural Research Excellence Award from the Schools of Engineering (2003), the Provost's Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award (2008), the Herbert Newby McCoy Award for outstanding contributions to the natural sciences (2013), and the College of Engineering Mentoring Award (2014).

Prof. Weiner's research focuses on ultrafast optics, and he is especially well known for his pioneering work on programmable generation of arbitrary ultrashort pulse waveforms, which has found application both in fiber optic networks and in ultrafast optical science laboratories around the world.

Martijn de Sterke (2007–2012)

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Martijn de Sterke was bitten by the optics bug during an undergraduate laboratory experiment at the University of Delft in the Netherlands. He received B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Delft, and his Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester. After postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto, he took up a faculty position at the University of Sydney, where he is now a Professor in Physics. He received the Pawsey Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences in 1999, and was awarded an OSA Fellowship in 2003.

Martijn de Sterke has been associated with OSA since 1987 when, as a graduate student, he presented at the annual meeting held in Rochester, NY. More recently (2001–2006), he was an Associate Editor of Optics Express, and then he was its Editor-in-Chief from 2007–2012, a time during which the yearly submissions to the journal nearly doubled to more than 6,000. He was the first from outside North America to be appointed Editor-in-Chief of an OSA journal. Since 2014, he has been Chair of OSA's Board of Editors.

Martijn de Sterke is a theorist who has authored more than 300 refereed journal papers and book chapters in areas as varied as nonlinear optics, guided-wave optics, wave propagation in random media, periodic media (including fiber gratings and photonic crystals), solar energy, plasmonics, and metamaterials. Highlights include his work on gap solitons, the development of the Multipole Method for modal calculation of microstructured optical fibers, and Bloch oscillations in curved waveguide arrays.

Michael Duncan (2002–2006)

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Michael Duncan is currently a Senior Science Advisor at OSA. Before that, he worked for more than 32 years as an optical physicist for the U.S. Navy. He worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for most of his career and performed research on lasers, nonlinear optics, novel imaging techniques, and optical reconnaissance systems. He also worked the Office of Naval Research, where he helped direct a portfolio of basic and applied research for the Navy in the area of IR and electro-optic sensors.

Duncan received his B.S. in Physics from Rice University. He received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Applied Physics Department at Stanford University and was an NRL-NRL Postdoctoral Fellow in 1980–1981. Michael is a Fellow of OSA and provided volunteer support on numerous OSA committees throughout his career. He served as the second Editor-in-Chief of Optics Express (2002–2006) after serving as an Associate Editor from 1997 through 2001. He also served as the Chair of the OSA Board of Editors. He has worked with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) for many years and is currently serving as the OSA-appointed member on the AIP Board of Directors. He was elected to the position of Treasurer on the AIP Board in 2015.

Duncan has authored more than 65 technical papers and two book chapters on a variety of subjects, and he has been granted four patents. He has served on a number of advisory committees for the U.S. Government and has presented well over 100 seminars and technical papers, both invited and contributed, at laboratories, universities, and technical conferences.

Joseph Eberly (1997–2001)

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Joseph Eberly earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State and Stanford, respectively. He is a long-time member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Rochester, where he has received the Goergen Award for Creative Undergraduate Teaching, and is currently the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and also Professor of Optics. He has mentored more than 40 Ph.D. graduates and has written more than 400 research papers as well as co-authored three graduate-level texts: Optical Resonance and Two-Level Atoms, Lasers, and Laser Physics.

Eberly is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Optics Express and has had editorial roles in several other journals of physics and optics. He has served as President of OSA, Chair of the Division of Laser Physics of the American Physical Society (APS), and as a member of the American Institute of Physics Board of Governors and also its Investment Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of OSA and APS, as well as an elected Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Science.

Eberly has been awarded Alexander von Humboldt and JILA Senior Fellowships and the Smoluchowski Medal from the Polish Physical Society. He has been honored as Distinguished Alumnus of the Penn State College of Science and has received several recognitions including the Charles Hard Townes Award, the Frederick Ives Medal and Jarus Quinn Prize, and the Distinguished Service Award from OSA.

His innovative research initiatives in coherence, quantum optics, and atomic physics have led to discoveries that include the prediction of quantum revivals in cavity QED, non-dispersing Trojan states in Rydberg atoms, the sudden death effect in quantum entanglement, and the first laboratory demonstration of a Bessel beam.