Distinguished Janice Hudgings

Minorities and Women in OSA

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Janice Hudgings

Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA
OSA Member since: 1998
OSA Fellow since: 2014

Professional/Personal Highlights:

Janice Hudgings is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Pomona College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. She serves as Pomona’s chief academic officer, with responsibility for coordinating and supporting academic programs, teaching and research. As a member of the Pomona’s executive staff, she plays a key role in shaping and sustaining the intellectual life of the college located in Claremont, Calif.
Prior to beginning the Pomona role in July 2013, Hudgings was associate dean of faculty and professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College. Hudgings joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke in 1999 as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics, rising to the rank of associate professor in 2005 and full professor in 2010. She twice served as chair of the Physics Department and also served as director of the college’s Science Center and associate dean of faculty for science.
A highly successful researcher, Hudgings’ work has focused on optics and semiconductor devices, including solar cells, energy efficient lighting and lasers. She has published more than 30 articles in scholarly journals, many of which are coauthored with students. In 2002, she received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award of $375,000, for her work on vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, an award that NSF describes as its most prestigious honor in support of junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” In 2004, she received the Optical Society of America’s Esther Hoffman Beller Medal “for innovative teaching methods and involving undergraduate physics and engineering students in original state-of-the-art, publishable research in optics and solid state physics.”
Over her career, Hudgings has received 15 research and education grants for a total of $3.2 million. Her research has led to three U.S. patents and, in 2007, she co-founded the company with her research partner to commercialize thermal imaging technology developed in her lab. Hudgings earned a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in engineering, with distinction, from Swarthmore College. As a Rhodes Scholar, she studied “maths and philosophy” at Oxford University before receiving an M.Sc. in mathematics. She earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Pomona College Faculty Profile