University Bestows Honorary Degree To Optics Pioneer

SOCORRO, N.M. May 18, 2010 – Periodically, the university awards honorary degrees to friends of the university. This year, Tech issued one such degree to Stanley L. Bryn, the founder and president of Intor, Inc., a local company that manufactures optical thin film filters for 16 years.

Dr. Scott Teare, electrical engineering professor, hoods Stanley Bryn during Saturday's commencement. Teare and Bryn are both experts in optics.
Teare and Bryn in an optics lab at Tech.

“He is much more than just a business owner,” Dr. Peter Gerity said. “He is an engineer, an inventor and a believer in education.”

Three professors from three different departments nominated Mr. Bryn to receive an honorary doctorate for his engineering skills, his forward-thinking, his entrepreneurship, his scientific achievements in several disciplines and his partnerships with New Mexico Tech.

Mr. Bryn first developed an interest in electronics and engineering during World War II, when he served as a Seaman First Class – Radio Striker aboard the U.S.S. Alabama. His wartime experiences led him into a career in electrical engineering and the newly emerging science of optical thin films. Over the years, Mr. Bryn worked for several of the top U.S. companies in the field and contributed to key developments in the industry. His work for the Optical Corporation of America led to a patent in his name.

“While he’s proven successful in business, Mr. Bryn is a real-world engineer at heart,” Gerity said. “He understands how things work and has the ability to build things that work.”

Over the past 15 years, several New Mexico Tech students have completed graduate work with support from Mr. Bryn and the facilities at Intor. Many others have benefited from Intor through tours, advice and mentoring, including students from computer science, electrical engineering, management and materials engineering. Mr. Bryn also funded a faculty member’s trip to an optics conference in California.

“Mr. Bryn’s long history of engineering contributions are truly remarkable, but what sets him apart is the strength of his academic interest, his passion for passing on knowledge to others and his love of discovery,” Gerity said. “For your ongoing and unflagging contributions of New Mexico Tech and for your devotion to science and engineering, I am honored to welcome Dr. Stanley L. Bryn into the New Mexico Tech family with this honorary doctorate in engineering.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech