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OSE Featured Alumni

Jeffrey W. Nicholson

Optical Science & Engineering, UNM 1991

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Jeffrey W. Nicholson earned his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1997. Nicholson was a student of Dr. Wolfgang Rudolph, the current Department Chair and Regents’ Professor of Physics & Astronomat UNM. He gained his Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of Houston in 1991.

Currently Dr. Nicholson is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at OFS Laboratories, specializing in laser physics, optical fibers, and fiber lasers. OFS Telecommunications is a global designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, fiber optic cable, FTTx, FTTH, optical connectivity and specialty photonics products. In 2017, Dr. Nicholson was elected as an OSA fellow.


Victor L. Gamiz

 Optical Science & Engineering, UNM 1995

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Victor L. Gamiz earned his Ph.D. in Physics & Optical Science at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1995, under the supervision of Sudhakar Prasad, who is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs in Physics and Astronomy at UNM. He achieved a Master of Science in Physics at UNM in 1989, and a Bachelor of Science in

Physics from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona in 1975.

Currently, Dr. Gamiz is the Principal Investigator for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and director of the Space Situational Awareness mission at AFRL/Space Vehicles in Albuquerque. He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor with the Air Force Institute of Technology. In 2017, Dr. Gamiz was elected as an OSA Fellow.


Col. Russell Tee

Optical Science & Engineering, UNM 1999

col imageCol. Russell Teehan earned his Ph.D. in Physics & Optical Science at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1999, under the supervision of Wolfgang Rudolph, who is a Professor and the Chair of the UNM Physics and Astronomy department at UNM.

Currently, Col. Russell Teehan is the director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and the commander of Phillips Research Site at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. He leads a team of 809 military, civilian and on-site contractors who comprise the nation's center of excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration. His organization manages an annual budget of $307 million, focused on enduring Air Force space missions: communications; position navigation and timing, missile warning, space situational awareness, and defensive counter space.


Chad Hoyt

Optical Science & Engineering, UNM 2003

normal imageDr. Hoyt received his Ph.D. with distinction in optical science from the University of New Mexico in 2003 under the supervision of Dr. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae. His dissertation comprised some of the first observations of laser cooling in solids, for which he was awarded a $10,000 prize by the Optical Society of America and New Focus, Inc. He earned an award for outstanding laboratory mentorship of undergraduates in PURSUE, a NASA-funded program that encourages under-represented people in science.

After completing his Ph.D., Chad won a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Research Council (part of the National Academies) to carry out research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO. Together with his team, he performed groundbreaking experiments on a new optical atomic clock based on laser-cooled and -trapped ytterbium atoms. His research interests include atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, and this work is carried out in Bethel's new AMO lab with undergraduate physics and engineering majors. Dr. Hoyt has helped develop and lead advanced lab-based courses in Optics and Lasers. Open-ended student projects in these courses have included nonlinear optics (Z-scan measurements and frequency doubling), atomic and molecular spectroscopy, laser cooling and trapping, building HeNe lasers, holographic and interferometric measurements, and precision measurements with physical optics. He has recently worked with talented Bethel students to cool and trap lithium atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT). Dr. Hoyt has been or currently is a reviewer for 6 different international physics journals and for National Science Foundation grant proposals. He already is a 2-time recipient of Bethel's prestigious Edgren Scholar award. Dr. Hoyt currently has a 2012 NSF EIR grant: Fiber Laser Frequency Combs for the Advanced Lab, funded for $230,000.


Ganesh Balakrishnan

Optical Science & Engineering, UNM 2006

normal Dr. Ganesh Balakrishnan earned his Ph.D. in Physics & Optical Science at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2003, under the supervision of Kevin Malloy, who was the Vice President of Research and Economic Development at UNM.

Currently, Dr. Balakrishnan is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM.  Dr. Balakrishnan’s primary research focus for the past decade has been the growth and characterization of highly mismatched III-Sb compound semiconductors on GaAs and Silicon substrates. The specific contribution made by Dr. Balakrishnan to this area of research is the novel use of interfacial misfit dislocation arrays in enabling low defect-density, bufferless, monolithic integration of III-Sb on GaAs and Silicon substrates for increased antimonide device functionality on mature platforms. His body of work using molecular beam epitaxy has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 30 conference presentations and several patents.


Denis Seletskiy

Optical Science & Engineering, UNM 2010

normal Dr. Denis Seletskiy earned his Ph.D. in Physics & Optical Science at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2010, under the supervision of Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Professor and OSE General Chair at UNM.

Currently, Dr. Seletskiy is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montréal.  The primary aim of his research is to develop novel photonics tools and apply them to study quantumness of interacting light and matter toward real world high-technology applications. His other research interests include laser cooling of solids, nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and the development of new tools for optical precision metrology.