Jannick P. Rolland

Jannick Rolland is the Brian J. Thompson Professor in Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester. She is the director of the Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) supported by the National Science Foundation in the U.S. and corporations worldwide. She is CTO and co-founder of LighTopTech, a biotech company. She earned an optical engineering diploma from the Institut D'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, France, and MS and PhD in optical science from the University of Arizona.

Rolland thrives developing novel optical engineering solutions across a wide range of fields: she designed the optics for SPOT4, a satellite in orbit from 2008-2013 to monitor the earth. In medical imaging, she developed the mathematics to describe the “lumpy background” noise that plagues medical images, which gave rise to a widely-adopted method to assess image quality in diagnostic instruments. She invented Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy for high-definition 3D imaging. She is an early contributor to augmented reality while advancing freeform optics, a disruptive technology poised to penetrate a variety of markets.

Rolland is a Fellow of the Society. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2014 David Richardson Medal and the 2020 Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize.

Document Created: 7 Feb 2020
Last Updated: 17 Sep 2021