Alastair D. McAulay, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). The fellowship is the most prestigious honor for researchers in the fields of optics and photonics.
The OSA election process is highly selective, with the number of members recommended for election each year less than 0.5 percent of the society’s total membership.
McAulay began his career at Lehigh in 1992 as the Chandler Weaver Professor and Department Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a role he held until 1997. He has written two books, including Military laser Technology for Defense (2011), which focuses on military applications of optical technology and laser technology, and Optical computer architectures (1991), a book that discusses how and why optics are used in computing.
McAulay, who is retiring at the end of this semester, is one of three OSA fellows currently serving on the faculty in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Lehigh. The others are ECE department chair Filbert J. Bartoli and professor Yujie Ding.