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.
Professor Ellis recently gave an invited talk at the Frontiers in Optics conference held in Rochester, NY this past October. The subject of his talk, IRIS – A new paradigm in laser refractive correction, was an overview of how femtosecond lasers and multi-photon absorption can induce meaningful refractive change in cornea and hydrogels. This work, with co-authors Gustavo Gandara, Dan Brooks, Kaitlin Wozniak, Sara Gearhart, Len Zheleznyak, Paul Funkenbusch, Wayne Knox, and Krystel Huxlin, is part of a larger research program centered on non-invasive vision correction.
In addition to that talk, Professor Ellis was not the only person in the family participating in OSA’s 100 year celebration. Julia Ellis, his daughter, was selected to hand out awards to the panel of seven Nobel Laureates.
Ethan Burnham-Fay, Xiangzhi Yu, Fenghe Zhong, and Allie Browar placed second in the 3rd Annual ASPE Student Competition held in Portland, Oregon in late October this fall. The group spent all night working on a laser scanning system using MechBlocks from MOTUS Mechanical.
Also, these four students, along with Chen Wang, Dan Brooks, Kaitlin Wozniak, and Bill Green were all recipients of NSF Grantee Scholarships to attend the ASPE Annual Meeting.
Congratulations to Sam Butler and Mike Ricci, MS students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for presenting their work at the 2015 SPIE OptiFab conference in Rochester, NY. Their work with co-authors Chen Wang (UR-ECE) and Dr. Qun Wei (CIOMP and UR-Optics) entitled Homodyne displacement measuring interferometer probe for optical coordinate measuring machine with tip and tilt sensitivity was awarded 1st prize in the APOMA Outstanding Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA). More information on the award can be found here and their paper can be found here.