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MVNU Professional Experience:
- Ph.D. Physics, Ohio State University, 1979, Dissertation: "Coherent Two-Photon Interactions with Atomic Sodium Vapor"
- M.S. Physics, Ohio State University, 1974, Thesis: "Relativistic Electron-Beam-Pumped Nitrogen Laser"
- B.A. Physics, Olivet Nazarene University, Summa Cum Laude, 1972, Minor: Mathematics and Chemistry
Awards and Recognition:
- Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences
- Professor of Physics
- Topical Editor, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (nonlinear optics, electro-optics, and liquid crystals)
- Scientific research experience:
- Metamaterials for optics and RF (radio frequency) photonics applications
- Cholesteric liquid crystal tunable and switchable optical filters
- Liquid crystal / photorefractive crystal surface interactions for hybrid optical switches and filters
- Holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films for switchable filters, video displays, chem/bio sensors, and optical telecommunications applications
- Two-photon and excited state optical absorption in organic materials
- Nonlinear optical beam coupling and stimulated scattering in liquid crystals and organic media
- Dynamic skin coloration and camouflage in cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, and octopus)
- Thin film optical filters and nonlinear optical materials for laser protection of optical sensors
- Chief Scientist, Advanced Systems and Applied Technology Division, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
- SAIC Tech Fellows Council: Providing technical leadership and top-level support to company-wide activities.
- Program Manager, eleven government or commercial contracts: Responsible for developing and executing technical plans, budgeting, forecasting costs and technology trends, security, training, customer relations, and reporting.
- Principle Investigator, thirteen government, commercial, and internal research and development projects: Leading multidisciplinary teams conducting advanced research on materials and devices for defense and commercial applications.
- Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE-The International Society for Optics and Photonics
- Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award, The Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton
- Alumni "O" Award, for outstanding achievements in physics and exemplary voluntary Christian service in the church and community, Olivet Nazarene University
- Outstanding Publication Awards, SAIC (2009, 2004, 1997, 1996, and 1992)
- Sigma Xi
Favorite Scripture Verse:
- R. L. Sutherland, L. M. Mathger, R. T. Hanlon, A. M. Urbas, and M. O. Stone, "Cephalopod coloration model. I. Squid chromatophores and iridophores," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25 (3), 588-599 (2008); "Cephalopod coloration model. II. Multiple layer effects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25 (8), 2044-2054 (2008). [Also, selected for publication in the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics 3 (9), (2008).]
- R. L. Sutherland, V. P. Tondiglia, L. V. Natarajan, P. F. Lloyd, and T. J. Bunning, "Coherent diffraction and random scattering in thiol-ene-based holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal reflection gratings," J. Appl. Phys. 99 (12), 123104 (2006).
- R. L. Sutherland, G. Cook, and D. R. Evans, "Determination of large nematic pre-tilt in liquid crystal cells with mechanically rubbed photorefractive Ce:SBN windows," Opt. Express 14 (12), 5365-5375 (2006).
- R. L. Sutherland, "Energy transfer between incident laser and elastically backscattered waves in nonlinear-absorption media," Opt. Express 13 (24), 9788-9795 (2005).
- R. L. Sutherland, Handbook of Nonlinear Optics, Second Edition (Marcel Dekker, New York, 2003).
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