Professor Ellis was recently award tenure and is now an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, Professor Ellis and his former advisor ir. Jo Spronck at TU Delft were recently awarded a patent Dual beam splitter interferometer measuring 3 degrees of freedom, system and method of use. This patent, US9518816B2, was awarded on December 13, 2016 with a priority date of December 1, 2011.
Professor Ellis has recently been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER award, supporting research on freeform optics metrology. This award, CAREER: Breaking the Freeform Optics Metrology Barrier with Synthetic Wavelength Interferometry, supports $500k in research over 5 years. More information on this award can be found here.