Patrick J. Reardon

Interim Director & Principal Research Scientist


Contact Information:

400P Optics Building
Huntsville, Alabama 35899
Phone: (256) 824-2530

Brief Biography

Dr. Patrick J. Reardon received his B.S. in Physics from DePaul University (1986), then his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from UAH (1990 and 1993, respectively) performing research in optical design techniques for analogue optical computing. He was the Chief Optical Systems Designer at Teledyne Brown Engineering for three years. While there, he worked on analogue optical computing, diffractive and micro-optics technology, IR seekers, IR zoom systems, and an optical system for a space borne protein crystal growth experiment. As a consultant, he designed novel intraocular lenses and developed metrology systems for testing them. He briefly joined Johnson & Johnson in Roanoke, VA, as the Manager of Optical Design in their Progressive Addition Spectacle Lens team. Then he joined the Center for Applied Optics where his work spans the fields of polarimeter calibration, space based Lidar, large optics metrology, eye oximetry, and optical systems design.

He has two patents for progressive addition spectacle lenses, one for a laser diode collimator, and has well over 30 publications.

Dr. Reardon teaches the graduate-level class "Fourier Optics," and is developing a new graduate-level Advanced Lens Design class. His current interests include optical design and optical systems design, metrology, and advanced wavefront sensor design for adaptive optics. He is proficient in the Code V, Synopsys, and Zemax optical design and analysis codes, and the ASAP optical analysis code.