Optics involves the generation, transmission, and detection of light. Missouri S&T faculty are helping to create better laser-diode light sources and improved solar cells, are developing fiber-optic sensors that can be used for everything from detecting strain in bridges and building, to measuring concussive blasts, to detecting leaks in natural gas pipes and wells, and are using the fundamental principles of light to develop optical and quantum computers.

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Interested in discussing the research we are working on or learning more? Please contact:

Cheng-Hsiao Wu
Dr. Cheng-Hsiao Wu


Research Interests

Quantum computing and cellular automata; quantum resistor network theory; mesoscopic devices and molecular electronics; optical/wave computing; simulation of amorphous silicon thin-film transistors and solar cells.

Jie Huang
Dr. Jie Huang

Roy A. Wilkens Endowed Associate Professor

Research Interests

Fiber optic sensors; novel photonic/microwave micro/nano materials, structures, devices and sensors; ultrafast laser machining, processing and characterization of micro/nano structures, materials and devices; sensors and instrumentation for applications in harsh environments; microwave-photonic sensing, imaging and spectroscopy.

Steve Watkins
Dr. Steve E.Watkins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering HKN & TBP Faculty Advisor

Research Interests

Smart Sensor Systems, fiber optics, UAV instrumentation, engineering education, and pre-college education