PersonnelEric Udd, the President and Founder of Columbia Gorge Research has been a leader in the fiber optic sensor field since 1977 having conducted over 50 research and development programs. These include projects on fiber optic rotation, acceleration, vibration, strain, temperature, pressure, corrosion and moisture sensors as well as a secure fiber optic communication system. Mr. Udd has performed private market studies for several clients as well as strategic and tactical planning for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing and for Blue Road Research, which he founded in 1993. He has published and/or presented over 140 papers and holds over 40 issued US patents on fiber optic sensor and communication technology, many of which he prosecuted and helped license. Mr. Udd has chaired approximately 30 International Conferences on Fiber Optic Sensors and has edited the books, Fiber Optic Sensors: An Introduction for Engineers and Scientists, Wiley, 1991 and Fiber Optic Smart Structures, Wiley, 1995. He was elected a McDonnell Douglas Fellow in 1987 and an SPIE Fellow in 1989. Mr. Udd holds a B.S. in Math and Physics from the University of Washington (1973) and an M.S.E. from Princeton University (1978) where he worked in an Electo-Optics and Applied Physics Group.
William Spillman, Ph.D. received his advanced degree from Northeastern University in 1977. He has worked in industry at the Sperry Corporate Research Center, Geo-Centers, Inc., Hercules Inc. and the Goodrich Corporation prior to joining Virginia Tech as an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Virginia Tech Applied Biosciences Center in 1999. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Vermont and a Technical Consultant to a number of firms. He served as the Executive Chair of the 1996 and 1997 SPIE International Symposia on Smart Structures and Materials and was the Chair of the 2001 SPIE International Conference on Complex Adaptive Structures. He has been awarded 44 US and 50 non-US patents. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical publications, 16 book chapters and edited proceedings, and 2 video short courses. He is the editor of the CRC Press Sensors Series of Monographs and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Smart Materials and Structures and Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of SPIE and, in 2000, he received an SPIE recognition award for his society activities in smart structures and materials. Dr. Spillman was elected a Fellow and Chartered Physicist in 2001 and a Chartered Scientist in 2004 by the Institute of Physics in the U.K. His current research activities include computational oncology, smart bio-medical implants, very long gauge length sensors with antenna gain, adaptive computational techniques, smart structures and materials, and complex systems.
Sean Calvert is President of Catalyst Engineering, a firm which provides mechanical engineering support to Columbia Gorge Research. Catalyst Engineering is a full service mechanical design engineering company offering design services ranging from concept generation to design for manufacture and assembly. Prior to founding Catalyst Engineering, Mr. Calvert spent four years working in the fiber optic sensor industry for Blue Road Research. While there, he served as the Product Manager and oversaw the development of the company's product lines in addition to leading and supporting several SBIR and STTR programs. He was the Principal Investigator on a Phase II STTR with the National Science Foundation in which a rugged suite of sensors was developed for deployment on large bridges. He was the associate Principal Investigator on a Phase II STTR from AFRL in which sensors and readout units were developed for embedding in composite wound cryogenic tanks. He also lead a team of engineers in developing a high speed dual axis fiber grating strain sensor read out system for the Naval Underwater Warfare Center. In these and other programs, he was responsible for system and sensor housing design and assembly as well as concept generation, functionality testing and management. He has made significant contributions to the development of fiber grating based sensors for measuring temperature, strain, moisture, and pressure. Mr. Calvert has M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a B.S. degree in Applied Sciences from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
Thomas K. Plant, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University who has worked closely with Eric Udd of Columbia Gorge Research on a series of fiber optic grating sensor projects for approximately ten years. These efforts have included work on developing new methods of fabricating fiber gratings including low reflectivity fiber gratings, high temperature fiber gratings and fiber grating models. Prior to joining the faculty at Oregon State University in 1982, Dr. Plant was a member of the Technical Staff at Hughes Research Lab where he worked on advanced laser diode technology. While at Oregon State he has been a visiting Professor at Sheffield, UK, Ulm and Berlin in Germany and Helsinki, Finland. He has had Research Appointments at the US Army Research Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has served as President of the Columbia Section of the Optical Society of America and is a Senior Member of IEEE. Dr. Plant received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana in 1975.
Robert McMahon has over 20 years experience as an Electronic Design Engineer. He received his B.S.E.E. from Oregon State University (OSU) and M.S.E.E. from National Technological University. He has previously worked with Tektronix, Blue Road Research, Light Brigade, Agilent, Precise Flight, and OSU. While at Tektronix he received several awards including the President's Award for innovative design related to the RAVEN APD amplifier IC project, and a US Patent for a High Resolution Optical Fault Locator. While at Blue Road Research he worked with Eric Udd to design circuitry to support highly successful fiber optic sensor products. His continuing research and development work is primarily focused on design, development, and testing of circuits for new Analog, Electro-Optic, and Digital components used in the fiber optic and communication industries with special emphasis on developing and testing circuit designs from product inception to engineering release and manufacture.
Holly Hoyt, Project Manager at Columbia Gorge Research, holds a B.S. from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the University of California. Functioning as operations manager for several small business concerns, Holly's responsibilities have included marketing, strategic planning, grant and editorial work, promoting our annual Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop, overseeing logistics for over 2000 foreign and domestic guests for Optical Fiber Sensors 2002 (OFS-15), generation and distribution of publications and contract management for the Columbia Gorge Research facility.
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