Donald F. Figer Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Detectors 74 Lomb Memorial Drive, 17-3153 Rochester, ny 14623-5604 Telephone: 585-747-6020 education




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Donald F. Figer
Rochester Institute of Technology

Center for Detectors

74 Lomb Memorial Drive, 17-3153
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Telephone: 585-747-6020



EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Astronomy 1995

M.S., University of Chicago, Astronomy and Astrophysics 1991

B.A., Northwestern University, Triple Major: Physics (Hon.), Math, Astronomy (Hon.) 1989



HONORS AND AWARDS

RIT College of Science Outstanding Outreach Award May, 2012

NASA JWST Project Team Award October, 2009

RIT Million Dollar Club 2009

Wickliffe High School Achievement Hall of Fame Inductee November, 2006

NYSTAR Faculty Development Award for Establishment of an Infrared Detector Test and Development Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology November, 2005

NASA Space Act Award for contributions to “4 Megapixel, High-Sensitivity Infrared Detector Array for Space Astronomy” June, 2004

AURA STScI Technology and Innovation Award May, 2004

UCLA Distinction in Teaching Award June, 1995

EMPLOYMENT

Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology January, 2006 to current

Director, Future Photon Initiative February, 2016 to current

Director, Center for Detectors April, 2010 to current

Professor, MicroSystems Engineering April, 2010 to current

Professor, Astrophysics and Technology PhD September, 2008 to current

Professor, Center for Imaging Science January, 2006 to current

Director, Rochester Imaging Detector Laboratory January, 2006 to current

Consultant, Raytheon November, 2011 to current

Consultant, HST WFC3 January, 2006 to June, 2006

Manager, LSST Guider August, 2006 to August, 2007

Associate Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute January, 2004 to January, 2006

Detector Scientist, Mag 30+ 2005

Director, Independent Detector Testing Laboratory 2001 to January, 2006

Instrument Scientist, HST WFC3 December 2004 to January, 2006

Detector Scientist, SNAP January, 2004 to October, 2006

Detector Scientist, JWST November, 2001 to January, 2006

Instrument Scientist, JWST NIRCam August, 2003 to December, 2004

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University May, 2000 to May, 2002

Assistant Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute July, 1999 to January, 2004

Instrument Scientist, Next Generation Space Telescope

Lead Instrument Scientist, NEXUS

Assistant Research Astronomer, UCLA, Department of Physics & Astronomy

October, 1996 to July, 1999



Principal Optical Designer and Local Project Scientist, NIRSPEC/Keck

October, 1995, to June, 1999


Principal Investigator, FLITECAM/SOFIA July, 1997 to October, 1998

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA, Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Department of Physics & Astronomy. June, 1995 to October, 1996

Principal Opto-mechanical Designer, MIST (Medical Imaging and Scanning Technologies)

November, 1994 to October, 1995



Ph.D. candidate, UCLA, Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Department of Physics & Astronomy. June, 1992 to June, 1995

Research Assistant, UCLA, Department of Astronomy. June, 1992 to May, 1994

Research Technician, University of Chicago, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

November, 1991 to June, 1992



Research Assistant, University of Chicago, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

June, 1989 to November, 1991

Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

September, 1989 to January, 1990



Undergraduate Researcher, Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

September, 1987 to June, 1989



Experiment Assistant, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois. June, 1987 to September, 1987

Undergraduate Researcher, Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

September, 1986 to June, 1987



PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

REFEREE EXPERIENCE

Nature


Science

Astrophysical Journal

Astronomical Journal

Astronomy & Astrophysics


Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Journal of Quantum Electronics

OUTREACH

Public talks at UCLA, STScI, JHU, NU, RIT and astronomy clubs ongoing

Principal Investigator of “High School Student Explorations of Planetary Surfaces in Digital Immersive Worlds” 2008-2012

Interviews for New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Discover, Astronomy, US News & World Report, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Network, NBC, local network affiliate stations in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Rochester, etc. ongoing

Featured in two episodes of “The Universe” on the History Channel 2009

Principal Investigator of “The Journey of a Photon: High School Student Involvement in Developing their Community's Understanding of Detector Science for the International Year of Astronomy / Year of Science (2009) and beyond” 2008-2010



UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Member, RIT Faculty Honorary Degree Committee 2015-current

Member, RIT Astronomy PhD Qualifying Exam Committee 2010-current

Member, Kim Kolb PhD Committee 2011-2015

Member, Christine Trombley PhD Committee 2010-2013

Member, Chris Bailey PhD Committee 2011

Member, Chris Shea MS Committee 2011

Member, Kim Kolb MS Committee 2011

Member, Rudolf Montez PhD Committee 2009-2011

Member, RIT Astronomy Graduate Student Admissions Committee 2008-2011

Member, RIT College of Science Faculty Evaluation and Development Committee 2006-2008

Chair, RIT NPRL Director Search Committee 2009-2010

Chair, RIT Faculty Search Steering Committee 2008

Member, RIT Imaging Science Graduate Qualifying Exam Committee 2007

Member, RIT Imaging Science Faculty Search Committee 2007

Member, RIT Imaging Science Pre-tenure Review Committee 2007

Member, RIT Imaging Science Graduate Student Admissions Committee 2006-2008

Member, Imaging Science Faculty Search Committee 2006



PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Reviewer, Science Foundation Ireland 2015

Reviewer, NASA Postdoctoral Program Review Panel 2015

Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 2015

Reviewer, NSF MSIP                                                          2015

Member, TMT ISDT for the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies 2015-current

Member, LSST Stellar Populations Science Collaboration 2008-current

Reviewer, NASA Postdoctoral Program Review Panel 2014

Reviewer, NASA APRA Review Panel 2014

Reviewer, National Council for Science and Technology of Greece 2012

Member, Program Committee, SPIE Single-Photon Imaging III 2012

Reviewer, SOFIA Instrument Review Committee 2011-2012

Member, GMTNIRS Instrument Review Committee 2011

Session Chair, The central kiloparsec in galactic nuclei, Bad Honnef, Germany 2011

Session Chair, Single Photon Counting Detectors, Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena, CA 2010

Reviewer, NASA Postdoctoral Program Review Panel 2010

Founder and Organizer, Quantum-Limited Detector Workshop 2009

Organizer, Detectors for Astronomy Conference, Munich, Germany 2009

Session Chair, Detectors for Astronomy Conference, Munich, Germany 2009

Session Chair, The First PANDA Symposium on Products of Astrophysical Outflows, Liajang, China 2009

Chair, NASA PIDDP Review Sub-Panel 2009

Member, NASA, Astrophysics Suborbital Rocket Roadmap Group 2008-2009

Reviewer, Science and Technology Centers in the Former Soviet Union various

Member, LSST Galaxies Science Definition Working Group 2008

Reviewer, NASA Spitzer Review Panel 2008

Organizer, Massive Stars: From Pop III and GRBs to the Milky Way, STScI May Symposium, Baltimore, MD, USA 2006

Reviewer, NSF Review Panels (AST, ATI, Polar Programs) various

Session Chair, SPIE Conference 2006

Member, AURA Red Team Review of GSMT Proposal 2003

Member, NOAO Review of SPARTAN IR Camera for SOAR 2003

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Project Management September 27-28, 2000

Technical Presentations May 9-10, 2000

Principles of Optical Systems Layout January 25, 1994



TOOLS

Circuit Design: HSpice, Pspice, Douglas Electronics Schematic, Mac CAD

Mechanical Design: CADKey, Ashlar Vellum

Optical Design: ZEMAX, Code V

Operating Systems: UNIX, VAX/VMS, Windows, MS DOS, Mac

Languages: IDL, FORTRAN, 80X86 Assembler, Forth, 68HC11 Assembler, BASIC, Pascal, C, IRAF

Observatories: HST, Chandra, Spitzer, KPNO, CTIO, Gemini, UKIRT, Kuiper Airborne Observatory, NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, Lick Observatory, Keck Observatory

CONSULTING

Raytheon November, 2011 to December, 2011

LSST Guider Management November, 2007 to February, 2008

HST/WFC3 Detector Flight Validation January, 2006 to June, 2006



Boldly Go, ASTRO-1 2015 to current

STUDENTS ADVISED

  1. Utkarsh Sharma

PhD

JHU

2003

  1. Stella Jang

PhD

JHU

2003

  1. Lance Simms

PhD

Stanford University

2005

  1. Nicholas Cox

Co-op

RIT

2006

  1. Young Sam Yu

Independent Study

RIT

2008

  1. David Saroff

Independent Study

RIT

2009

  1. Jorge Rangel

MS

RIT

2009

  1. Daniel Pontillo

PhD

RIT

2009

  1. Linpeng Cheng

MS (co-advisor)

RIT

2008-2009

  1. Kim Manser

Senior Project

RIT

2008-2009

  1. Tom Praderio

Co-op

RIT

2009

  1. Rudolfo Montez

PhD

RIT

2010

  1. Maksim Bobrov

Student Researcher

RIT

2009-2010

  1. Gustavo Rahmer

Independent Study, MS (advisor)

RIT

2009-2010

  1. John Frye

Student Researcher

RIT

2009-2011

  1. Matt Simpson

Independent Study, Intern

RIT

2009-2011

  1. Chris Maloney

Co-op, Student Researcher, Senior Project

RIT

2009-2011

  1. Christine Trombley

PhD (advisor)

RIT

2009-2011

  1. John Breese

Co-op

RIT

2010-2011

  1. Brian Glod

Co-op, MS (advisor)

RIT

2010-2011

  1. Christopher Shea

MS (co-advisor)

RIT

2009-2011

  1. Kim Kolb

MS (advisor)

RIT

2010-2011

  1. Christopher G. Bailey

PhD (on committee)

RIT

2011

  1. Yuanhao Zhang

MS (advisor)

RIT

2012

  1. Kim Kolb

PhD

RIT

2011-2015

  1. Jam Sadiq

PhD

RIT

2014-2015

  1. Joseph DiPassio

Co-op

RIT

2015

  1. Neil Guerten

Co-op

RIT

2015

POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARS ADVISED

  1. Sungsoo Kim

Associate Professor (Kyung-Hee University)

  1. Ben Davies

Postdoc (University of Leeds), Assistant Research Scientist (RIT), RAS Fellow (University of Cambridge)

  1. Qingfeng Zhu

Assistant Professor (University of Science and Technology of China)

  1. Jingjing Zhang

Thermo-CIDTEC

  1. Lucy Hadfield

Secondary School Teacher (Yorkshire, UK)

  1. Maria Messineo

Post-doc (ESA/ESTEC), Post-doc (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn)

STAFF SUPERVISED

  1. Robert Barkhauser (Engineer), JHU

  1. Sito Balleza (Engineer), STScI

  1. Gretchen Greene (Engineer), STScI

  1. Bernard Rauscher (Assistant Scientist), STScI

  1. Michael Regan (Assistant Astronomer), STScI

  1. Eddie Bergeron (Data Analyst), STScI

  1. Ernie Morse (Data Analyst), STScI

  1. Zoltan Makai (Data Analyst), RIDL

  1. Stephanie Sublett (Technician), RIDL

  1. Alisea Evans (Technician Assistant), RIDL

  1. Don Stauffer (Lab Engineer), RIDL

  1. Joong Lee (Lab Engineer), RIDL

  1. Susan Cook (RIDL Group Assistant), RIDL

  1. Tiffany Magri (Assistant), RIDL

  1. Alan Johnson (Coordinator of Administrative Operations), RIDL

  1. Katie Palermo (Graphic Designer), RIDL

  1. Dan Kerr (Technician), RIDL

  1. Heather Andersen (Assistant), RIDL

  1. Anthony Ethangatta (Student Group Assistant), RIDL

  1. John Coughlian (Software Administrator), RIDL

  1. Brian Ashe (Lab Engineer), RIDL

  1. Brandon Hanold (Lab Engineer), RIDL

  1. Tom Montagliano (Lab Engineer), RIDL

  1. Hitesh Gadi (Web Site Designer), RIDL

  1. Katelyn Pease (Assistant), CfD

  1. Morgan DeLuca (Assistant), CfD

  1. Adena Thomson (Executive Assistant), CfD

  1. Heather Baxter (Assistant), CfD

  1. Trisha Basset (Assistant), CfD

  1. Caitlin Mucenski (Graphic Designer), CfD

  1. Matt Davis (Lab Assistant), CfD

  1. Allison Conte (Graphic Designer), CfD

  1. Elishia Ortiz (Assistant), CfD

  1. Evan Jorgensen (Lab Assistant), CfD

  1. Mike Every (Lab Assistant), CfD

  1. Anastasia Rzhevskaya (Assistant), CfD

  1. Jonathan Zimmermann (Lab Assistant), CfD

  1. John Leavitt (Industrial Designer), CfD

  1. Grace Walker (Assistant), CfD

  1. Nicole Lantonio (Assistant), CfD

  1. Kirk Winans (Executive Assistant), CfD

  1. Kenneth Bean (Lab Assistant), CfD

  1. Neil Guertin (Lab Assistant), CfD

  1. Aye Chan (Executive Assistant), CfD

  1. John Hatakeyama (Lab Assistant), CfD

TEACHING

20151

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-613

20142

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Research and Thesis

1060-890

20141

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Research and Thesis

1060-890

Research and Thesis

1060-790

Multiwavelength Astrophysics

1051-461

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-613

20138

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Research and Thesis

1060-890

Research and Thesis

1060-790

20135

Research and Thesis

1051-890

20131

Research and Thesis

1060-790

Research and Thesis

1051-790

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Multiwavelength Astrophysics

1051-461

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-613

20123

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Multiwavelength Astrophysics

1051-446

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-711

20122

Research and Thesis

1060-890

Research and Thesis

1051-890

20121

Research and Thesis

1060-890

Research and Thesis

1051-890

20113

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Multiwavelength Astrophysics

1051-446

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-711

20103

Research and Thesis

1060-890

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Senior Design Project II (advisor)

0305-691

20102

Research and Thesis

1060-890

Research and Thesis

1051-890

Senior Design Project II (advisor)

0305-691

20101

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-711

1051-446


Research and Thesis

1051-890

Research and Thesis

1060-890

20093

Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation

1060-711

1051-446


Research and Thesis

1060-890

20092

Independent Study

1051-799

Independent Study

1060-799

Master’s Project

1051-840

20083

Detectors

1051-465

Senior Design Project II (advisor)

0305-691

20073

University Physics

1017-313

Independent Study

1051-799

20071

Multiwavelength Astrophysics

1051-446

1051-753


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