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Susan N. Houde-Walter
Susan Houde-Walter was born in New York City and received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976. Houde-Walter did graduate work at the University of Rochester earning an M.S. and a Ph.D. in optics in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Houde-Walter joined the faculty of The Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1987 and, was appointed professor of optics in 1998. She joined the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences as an adjunct professor in 2005.
Houde-Walter’s research interests include novel optical materials, optical and x-ray spectroscopy, and optoelectronic design. She is well-known for her work in optical materials, particularly optical glass and the molecular structure of multicomponent glasses. She holds one U.S. patent and has published over 100 journal papers and invited talks.
In 1989 Houde-Walter co-founded LaserMax Inc., a manufacturer of laser-diode based products for law enforcement and industry. Houde-Walter is a fellow of OSA and the American Ceramic Society. She has served on the OSA Board of Directors and in a variety of leadership positions for the society.