The optics-related research is focused on climate and atmospheric behaviors, and also micro-optic devices. Professors design optical sensors to collect data and create images of polarized light in the atmosphere. Dr. Kevin Repasky's research involves using optical remote sensing to collect and analyze data on geological carbon sequestration and the development of LIDAR. Dr. Joseph Shaw also works with optical remote sensing, specializing in infrared imaging, polarimetry, and LIDAR. Dr. David Dickensheets' research encompasses optical instrument development for medical purposes, such as optical coherence tomography and confocal microscopes. Dr. Wataru Nakagawa's's group focuses on the design, fabrication, characterizations and applications of novel optical devices based on micro- and nano-structures in silicon and other materials.


Dr. David Dickensheets, Professor, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Areas of expertise: Optical Microscopy and Tissue Imaging, Silicon Micromachining and Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS), Miniature Imaging and Spectroscopy Instruments
530 Cobleigh Hall, +1 406-994-7874

Dr. Joseph Shaw, Professor, Ph.D. Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
Areas of expertise: Remote Sensing and Optical Systems
518 Cobleigh Hall, +1 406-994-7261

Dr. Kevin Repasky, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Physics, Montana State University
Areas of expertise: Laser research and development, Laser Remote Sensing, Electro-optics, Feedback and Control, Optical Technology Development for Communications
537 Cobleigh Hall, +1 406-994-6082

Dr. Wataru Nakagawa, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering (Applied Physics), Univ. of California, San Diego
Areas of expertise: optical nanostructures, photonics, nanoscale optics, computational electromagnetics
529 Cobleigh Hall, +1 406-994-5956