John T. Sheridan

University College Dublin, Ireland


John T. Sheridan was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, where he attended St. Patrick's National School and St. Gerald's College. He received his Bachelors degree (H1) in electronic engineering, from the University College Galway (NUIG, 1985), and his Masters degree in the science of electrical engineering, from Georgia Tech, in 1986, where he worked as a Research Assistant of Professor William T. Rhodes. In 1987, he matriculated as a Member of Jesus College Oxford and in 1991 he was awarded his doctorate by Oxford University for the work carried out under the supervision of Professor Laszlo Solymar and Professor Colin J.R. Sheppard. This was followed by postdoctoral fellowships, supported first (1991) by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and later (1992) by a European Community Bursary). Both were held in the Lehrstuhl fur Angewandte Optik in Erlangen-Nurnberg University under the leadership of Professor Dr. A.W. Lohmann. In 1994, he took up a position as a Visiting Scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy. In 1997 he was appointed to the School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical, Engineering, UCD, in 2000, as a College Lecturer. In 2005, he became a Senior Lecturer, and in 2007, he was appointed the Professor of Optical Engineering within the UCD School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a Deputy Director of the Optoelectronic Research Centre. His research is focussed on fundamentals of optics and the electromagnetic theory of diffraction; optical Signal Processing, including applications of the Wigner (Ville) distribution function and the fractional Fourier and linear cannonical transforms; surface relief diffraction gratings and refractive melted microlens arrays; holographic materials (photopolymers), holographic optical elements and holographic data storage; optical fiber Bragg grating sensors; optical metrology including confocal microscopy, holographic interferometry and speckle photography.

Biography Updated on 30 August 2009

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