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Dr. Anthony M. Johnson
Director of CASPR

Professor, Department of Physics
Professor, Department of Computer Science & Electrical
Engineering (CSEE)

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

9/75 to 9/81:
City College of New York (City University of New York): Ph.D. in Physics; Ph.D. thesis research conducted at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ - AT&T Bell Laboratories Cooperative Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) for Minorities - Co-thesis advisors David H. Auston (Bell Labs, Past-President, Case Western Reserve University) and Robert R. Alfano (CCNY).
9/71 to 6/75:
Polytechnic Institute of New York: B.S. in Physics (Magna Cum Laude).
9/1/03 to present: 

Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Photonics Research (CASPR) and Professor of Physics and Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 2004 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship of the University System of Maryland University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD 21250.

1/03 to 9/1/03: 
Foundation Professor of Optics & Photonics and Distinguished Prof. of Physics.
1/3/95 to 1/03:
Chairperson & Distinguished Professor of Applied Physics & Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ 07102-1982.
8/81 to 1/1/95:
AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ; Member of Technical Staff in the Quantum Physics and Electronics Research Dept. -- promoted to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1988; joined the Photonic Circuits Research Dept. 9/90.
Research Interests:
General area of ultrafast optics and optoelectronics - the ultrafast photophysics and nonlinear optical properties of bulk, nanoclustered, and quantum well semiconductor structures, ultrashort pulse propagation in fibers and high-speed lightwave systems –nearly 70 refereed publications, 2 book chapters and 4 US patents.
Professional Affiliations:
Fellow (1991), Optical Society of America [OSA]; Fellow (1996), American Physical Society [APS]; Fellow (1996), American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS]; Fellow (2000), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE]; Charter Fellow (1992), National Society of Black Physicists [NSBP]; Member, American Association of Physics Teachers [AAPT].
Professional Service (selected):
  • Member, APS Nominating Committee (1/06-12/08).
  • Member, NRC Board on Assessment of NIST Programs, Measurement and Assessment Laboratories (05-07).
  • Member, NRC Committee on AMO2010: An Assessment of and Oulook for Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science (05-06).
  • Member, 2005-2006 IEEE LEOS (Lasers & Electro-Optics Society) Fellows Evaluation Committee.
  • Member, AAAS Committee on Opportunities in Science [COOS] (04/07).
  • Member, Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement) Advisory Board (05-07).
  • 2002 President of the 15,000 member OSA; OSA Board of Directors (93-96 & 00-03).
  • Editor-in-Chief of the journal Optics Letters (95-01); Ultrafast Optical Phenomena Topical Editor of Optics Letters (89-95).
  • Chair of the 2004 OSANominating Committee
  • Member of the OSA Audit Committee (04-06).
  • Member, C. E. K. Mees Medal Committee of the OSA (04-06).
  • Member, Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics [AIP] (02-06).
  • General Councillor (94-97) and member of the Executive Board (96-97) of the APS.
  • Member, Board of Governors (93-95), IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS).
  • Member, NRC Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences [CAMOS] (96-99).
  • Member, DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee [BESAC] (99-07).
  • 1990 Program Co-Chair, 1992 Conference Co-Chair and 1996 Steering Committee Chair of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO ’90, ’92, ’96); Member, CLEO ‘2000  and CLEO ‘2001 Program Subcommittee on Ultrafast Optics and Electronics.
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue of IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics on Ultrafast Optics and Electronics, vol. QE-24, February 1988.
  • Member, IEEE/LEOS Ultrafast Optics and Electronics Technical Subcommittee (89-01) – Chairperson (91-93); Member, LEOS ’99 (IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society) through LEOS ‘2004 Annual Meeting Subcommittee on Ultrafast Optics and Electronics.
  • Member, Laser Focus World Editorial Advisory Committee. (90- ).
Honors & Awards: 1975 Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award for Bachelor’s Thesis; 1988 AT&T Bell Labs Distinguished Technical Staff Award; AT&T Bell Labs Research Area Affirmative Action Award (1989); 1993 Distinguished Alumnus Award (Polytechnic Univ.); 1994 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award; 1996 Edward A. Bouchet Award of the APS; promoted to Distinguished Professor of Physics at NJIT (8/97); 2005 Science Spectrum Magazine Trailblazer Top Minority in Science Award.
Synergistic Activities:
  • Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Multidisciplinary Optical Science & Engineering Program (OPSE) supported by an NSF Combined Research-Curriculum Development grant (1/96-1/99) at NJIT –multidisciplinary program that melds the talents of individuals from the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Environmental Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics.  
  • Member and Co-Founder, OSA Ad Hoc Committee on Women and Minorities in Optics (88-93).
  • Co-Chair, OSA Committee on Women and Minorities in Optics (94-98); Chair, APS Committee on Minorities in Physics (92-93); International Coordinator (USA), African Laser Atomic and Molecular Sciences Network [LAM Network] (91-present) [Dr. A. Wague, President, LAM Network, Univ. of Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal]; National Conf. of Black Physics Students -- served as an invited speaker, workshop organizer, session chair, fund raiser, and program committee member (1993-Present); Chairperson, NSBP (National Society of Black Physicists) Nominations and Screening Committee (92-00); Chairperson, NSBP Annual Meeting, April 5-7, 1989, held at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ.
  • AMJ is one of 6 six scientists highlighted in an educational interactive video designed for elementary school children called Minorities in Science which was partially funded by NSF during its origins circa 1994.
  • AMJ is the Principle Investigator of the $1.7Million NSF Informal Science Education Grant entitled “Hands-On Optics: Making an Impact with Light.” This program targets middle school students and is designed to inspire an interest in technology by bringing optics-related activities into after-school science programs. The partners are OSA, SPIE, MESA and NOAO (
Most recent publications include:
  • H. Garcia, A. M. Johnson, F. A. Oguama, and S. Trivedi, “New Approach to the Measurement of the Nonlinear Refractive Index of Short (<25m) lengths of Silica and Erbium-Doped Fibers,” Opt. Lett. 28, 1796 (2003).
  • H. Han, S. Vijayalakshmi, A. Lan, Z. Iqbal, H. Grebel, E. Lalanne and A. M. Johnson, “Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Singe-Wall Carbon Nanotubes within an Ordered Array of Nanosize Spheres,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 1458 (2003).
  • F. A. Oguama, H. Garcia and A. M. Johnson, “Technique for Simultaneous Measurement of the Raman Gain Coefficient and the Nonlinear Refractive Index of Optical Fibers – Theory and Experiment,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 426 (2005).
  • F. A. Oguama, A. Tchouassi, A. M. Johnson and H. Garcia, “Numerical Modeling of the Induced Grating Autocorrelation for Studying Optical Fiber Nonlinearities in the Picosecond Regime,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 091101(2005).
  • H. Garcia, A. M. Johnson, F. A. Oguama and S. Trivedi, “Pump Induced Nonlinear Refractive Index Change in     Erbium and Ytterbium Doped Fibers – Theory and Experiment,”  Opt. Lett. 30, 1261 (2005).
  • F. A. Oguama, A. M. Johnson and W. A. Reed, “Measurement of the Nonlinear Coefficient of Telecommunication Fibers as a Function of Er, Al and Ge Doping Profiles Using the Photorefractive Beam-Coupling Technique,” J. Opt. Soc. Am B 22, 1600 (2005).


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