P. Scott Carney served as the director of The Institute of Optics, from 2017-2021. He holds a PhD in Physics (1999) from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics (1994) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was faculty at ECE Illinois 2001-2017. Scott has a strong commitment to teaching excellence. He is active in the optics community primarily through Optica as a journal editor and meeting organizer. He is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Diagnostic Photonics, Inc.
Scott is primarily an applied theorist, but will do experiments in a pinch. He considers himself a generalist, but is lately focused on problems in computed imaging, spectroscopy, and coherence theory. His major career accomplishments include modeling of tip-sample interactions in near-field microscopy and the solution of related inverse problems, solution of the inverse problem for optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the subsequent invention of interferometric synthetic aperture microscopy (ISAM) and the recent development of synthetic optical holography (SOH). He has made contributions to spectroscopy and the correction of spectroscopic data to account for the effects of scattering and propagation. In addition to ongoing interest in all of these areas, he also maintains focus on problems in nonlinear enhanced spectroscopy.