May 2015

Emerging Applied Imaging Technologies at AIO

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 14 May 2015

The sessions at this year's AIO meeting feature emerging technologies.

New this year, AIO is hosting Joint Sessions with two topical meetings: Adaptive Optics (AO) and Application of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C).

At the time of writing, two invited speakers are confirmed for the AIO-AO Joint Session. Jaeyoun Kim (Iowa State University) will present on "The Promise of Highly Deformable Soft Optics". Soft, MEMS-based, deformable optical devices are catching up with more traditional rigid materials, in both precision and repeatability of manufacturing. Their dynamic reconfigurability has immense potential in previously challenging optical applications. Anthony Grbic (University of Michigan) will speak about "Wavefront and Polarization Control with Metasurfaces". Metasurfaces, aka two-dimensional, less-lossy metamaterials, have a wide range of potential applications in electromagnetics, including beam manipulation and polarization control.

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A Conversation with Dr. Michele Ostraat, AIO 2015 Keynote

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 4 May 2015

Dr. Michele Ostraat


Dr. Michele Ostraat is the Downstream Research Center Leader for Aramco Research Center-Boston and the Applied Industrial Optics 2015 Keynote Speaker. She will present on "Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry."


Dr Ostraat, thank you for participating in this interview. To start, can you give me a brief history of your background, and how you arrived at Aramco? 

I earned my B.S. degree in Chemistry from Trinity University and then my Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Following graduate school, I was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Agere Systems where I examined the synthesis of rare-earth doped aerosol nanoparticles and investigated the behavior of chalcogenide phase change materials. I then moved to DuPont’s Experimental Station where I worked in aerosol synthesis and characterization of sub-micron and nanoparticles for advanced electronic applications. More recently, I was Senior Director of the Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering at RTI International where I led scientific teams developing products and applications for aerosols and nanomaterials for energy and health-related technologies.

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