Robert Boyd Named IEEE Fellow

November 28, 2016

Robert Boyd demonstrating the Robert Boyd, professor of optics, has been elevated to Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest association of technical professionals.  The distinction is reserved for select IEEE members for extraordinary accomplishments in their field.  Boyd’s citation is for contributions to the fields of nonlinear optics and photonics.  Professor Boyd is also a fellow of the Optical Society of America and a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and is presently Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics.  He has published approximately 350 research papers, holds nine US patents and has supervised the PhD theses of 33 students.

In 2010, Boyd was awarded a highly competitive Canada Excellence Research Chair at the University of Ottawa.  He currently directs a major research center at the University of Ottawa while still maintaining a significant research presence at the University of Rochester.

He received a bachelor of science degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1977 received a PhD degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.  His PhD thesis work was supervised by Professor Charles Townes and involves the use of nonlinear optical techniques for infrared detection.

Photo: Elizabeth Lamark, University of Rochester Public Relations