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05 January 2021

The Optical Society Announces New Editor-in-Chief for Applied Optics

WASHINGTON —The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Gisele Bennett has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics. Dr. Bennett began her tenure on 1 January 2021.

Caption: Gisele Bennett, Editor-in-Chief, Applied Optics

Dr. Bennett has held academic, industry, and research positions for over 30 years. These positions include Associate VP for Research, Regents’ Researcher, and the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics and Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology as well as the founding director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at GTRI. She has been involved in numerous projects that involve international collaboration across academic, government, and industry sectors. She is currently the Founding Member for MEPSS LLC, a Florida based startup.  

Bennett’s research interests are broad and include coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems, superresolution imaging systems, atmospheric turbulence, wave propagation, RFID, and related tagging technologies. She holds patents on RFID and Container Security devices and a copyright on a computer model for Wave Propagation through the atmosphere.  Bennett is a Fellow with OSA and SPIE, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. She has served in many volunteer roles with OSA, including being a member of the OSA Board of Directors and OSA Strategic Planning Council; Division Chair for Information Acquisition, Processing and Display for OSA Board of Meetings; Topical Editor and Features Editor for Applied Optics; Chair, Strategic Committee for Imaging Congress; Chair and member of several OSA awards committees and program committees for topical meetings.  

Remarking on the position, Bennett stated, “I look forward to working with the vibrant and innovative Applied Optics community of authors, reviewers, editors and readers to build upon the Journal’s strong foundation as an important resource for new developments”.

Commenting on the appointment, Elizabeth Nolan, deputy executive director and chief publishing officer, The Optical Society stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Bennett to her new role as the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics. Her background within industry, government and academia, along with her diverse research and professional experience bring a unique and beneficial perspective to Applied Optics and will enable the Journal to continue to evolve to best serve the needs of the community.” Bennett takes over the Editor-in-Chief position from Ronald Driggers, who led Applied Optics from 2015-2020.

About Applied Optics

Applied Optics publishes in-depth peer-reviewed content about applications-centered research in optics. These articles cover research in optical technology, photonics, lasers, information processing, sensing and environmental optics. Applied Optics is published three times per month by The Optical Society. For more information, visit Applied Optics.

About The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) is dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving, and dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics worldwide. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students, and others interested in the science of light. OSA’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources, and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical, and educational achievement.

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