Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Dean and Director:

Brett Gunnink

Joseph Shaw elected OSA Fellow

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Shaw, Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has recently been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). The Optical Society of America ( was founded in 1916 and today has approximately 15,000 members worldwide. "Fellow" is a designation recognizing a small fraction of the members, denoting them as leaders in the field of optical research and education. OSA's scope is very broad - ranging from vision science to fiber optics to lasers and remote sensing. Dr. Shaw's PhD was in the field of optical sciences from the University of Arizona. His areas of expertise include remote sensing and optical systems. Dr. Shaw's interests include the development and application of optical remote sensing systems, including radiometers, polarimeters, LIDARs (laser radars), and the photography and science of optical phenomena in nature.

Dr. Shaw is also a Principal Investigator (PI) on the LIDAR (light detection and ranging) project which has attracted significant local attention due to its green pulsing light beams emanating from MSU into the Bozeman night sky. See articles at and MSU researchers have been working with LIDAR for the past two years, since Dr. Shaw joined the MSU faculty, in a collaborative research project between engineering and physics. The lidar research team includes Joseph Shaw in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Kevin Repasky and John Carlsten in Physics.

Dr. Shaw has a strong record of national recognition for his achievements in research and higher education. In 2001 he was recognized with the international Vaisala Award from the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, for his work in using combined remote sensors in climate research. Additionally, he is now completing his fifth year of funding as Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winner, which he received while employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, prior to joining the faculty at MSU.