Tech Professor Dr. Scott Teare Named SPIE Senior Member, Dec. 1, 2008

Dr. Scott Teare By Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Dec. 1, 2008 – New Mexico Tech electrical engineering professor Dr. Scott Teare is among the inaugural “Senior Members” of a prestigious academic society.

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Teare, who is also the department chair, is among 20 professionals from around the world to be honored.

“This honor basically recognizes a level of achievement within our field,” Teare said. “It’s a nice pat on the back. It is a positive step for its membership for SPIE to include the senior membership level to recognize the progress and achievements of its members and I appreciate being included in this group.”

The new program honors significant contributions to the optics and photonics community. Teare is internationally known in the experimental adaptive optics field. He has made contributions to three distinct research areas: the development of laser guide star adaptive optics systems; the measurement and analysis of astronomical seeing; and the propagation of ultraviolet lasers.

He is a prolific writer, with 19 papers in refereed journals and more than 80 other publications. He co-authored the book, Introduction to Image Stabilization, with Dr. Sergio Restaino of Navy Research Laboratory, published by SPIE Press in 2006. One of his most unique papers was co-authored with Dr. Daniel Murray of the University of British Columbia, Canada, on “Probability of a Tossed Coin Landing on Edge,” which was published in Physical Review E in 1993.

He joined the Electrical Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech in late 2000 as an assistant professor. Teare has been a prime mover behind the development of the Optical Science and Engineering program which was approved and implemented in 2003. He has also been an integral part of the development of the graduate program in electrical engineering. He served as the first director of the master’s of science in electrical engineering program in 2003-2004, before taking over as the department chairman.

Prior to joining Tech he worked for Ontario Hydro’s Nuclear Branch, and the City of Mississauga before joining the astronomy department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as a research associate where he worked on a laser guide star adaptive optics system at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California.

Beginning in January, he will also start teaching a community college class in karate. A third degree black belt, he has studied martial arts for many years, and in 1995, Blackbelt magazine published his article “Physics of Striking in Martial Arts.”

Teare earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Guelph, Canada and the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute, in 1991, for work on quantum well heterojunction electronic devices.

The Senior Member program encompasses a broad group of active members who have shown outstanding leadership in scholarship, educational outreach, project management, and entrepreneurial operations. SPIE, an international optics and photonics society founded in 1955, has implemented this program to recognize the members’ technical and professional excellence in industry, government, and academia as well as their volunteer service as conference chairs, community educators, and other service roles.

Teare joins a notable list of fellow Senior Members from the Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, England, France, Spain and the United States.

This is the first year the SPIE Board of Directors has made selections for the program. A minimum of five years of continuous regular SPIE membership or active volunteerism is required for nomination as a Senior Member. Senior Members also have at least 10 years of significant professional experience and achievement in industry or academia. Teare is also a senior member of Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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