Dr. Sergio Restaino Named SPIE Fellow

9/11/2008 - 38-08r
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Dr. Sergio R. Restaino, a senior optical physicist in the Naval Research Laboratory's Remote Sensing Division, has been elected a 2008 Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for technical achievements, and for service to the general optics community and to SPIE.

Recognized for "outstanding contributions and unique inventions in novel adaptive optics for high-resolution imaging," Dr. Restaino is engaged in cutting-edge work that has resulted in several innovative experiments demonstrating the use of new adaptive-optical imaging technologies ranging from liquid crystals to micro-electro-machined mirror devices for next-generation adaptive optics systems.

Dr. Restaino was the first to demonstrate the use of single mode optical fibers for optical interferometry at visible wavelengths. He uniquely demonstrated the first use of phase diversity as a wave-front sensing technique on sources that completely fill the field of view of the imaging system. He is also spear-heading a research effort to demonstrate for the first time ever the use of carbon fiber reinforced polymers for the manufacturing of large, ultra-light telescopes for both ground- and space-based systems.

Dr. Restaino is adjunct professor at the, University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the University of Puerto Rico. As adjunct professor, Dr. Restaino is directly involved in optics education. He serves students through his role of advisor, co-advisor or committee member of several Master and Ph.D. thesis projects and as a National Research Council post-graduate research advisor. Dr. Restaino is also involved in various outreach programs ranging from local activities like serving as judge for science fairs to being a volunteer for the Visiting Lecturer Program through SPIE.

Dr. Restaino is currently serving as member of the SPIE Membership Committee. He is a volunteer for the SPIE Visiting Lecture Program to support Student Chapters around the world. He was co-chair for the SPIE conference entitled "High resolution wavefront control: methods, devices and applications IV."

He has served on the Program Committee of numerous SPIE conferences and continues to do so, serving on the Program Committee of Conference 6888 on MEMS/MOEMS for adaptive optics, Photonics West 2008 and Conference DS09 on Atmospheric Propagation V, Defense and Security 2008. He also contributed to an SPIE book titled "Introduction to image stabilization" that was the SPIE bestseller for the month of March 2007.

Dr. Restaino holds Laurea in physics (MS equivalent), majoring in astrophysics, from the University of Naples, Italy, and a Ph.D. in physics, majoring in optics, from the Superior School of Optics at the University of Florence, Italy.

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