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  • Duncan Named OSA Senior Science Advisor
Jan 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 — Optical scientist Michael D. Duncan has joined The Optical Society (OSA) staff as a senior science advisor, the society announced Wednesday. Duncan will provide strategic direction on the scientific and technical aspects of OSA’s programs and services for optics and photonics professionals.

“Mike is an involved and effective leader,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “His contributions in scientific publishing and long-range planning have provided considerable value to OSA. Mike will be a significant asset to OSA’s international network of volunteers, members and partners.”

Duncan worked as an optical scientist for the US Navy for more than 30 years. At the Naval Research Laboratory, his research focused on lasers, nonlinear optics and optical reconnaissance systems. He also worked at the Office of Naval Research, helping direct a portfolio of basic and applied research for the Navy in the area of IR and electro-optic sensors.

He received his B.S. in physics from Rice University, and his master’s and Ph.D. from the Applied Physics Department at Stanford University. He is an OSA Fellow and served as editor of OSA’s open-access journal Optics Express from 2002 to 2006. He is currently serving as an OSA representative on the board of the American Institute of Physics.

The author of more than 65 technical papers and holder of four patents, Duncan has also served on a number of advisory committees for the US government and presented more than 100 seminars and technical papers, both invited and contributed, at laboratories, universities and technical conferences worldwide.

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