Mr. Darell Engelhaupt

Research Scientist VI,


301 Sparkman Drive
Optics Building
Room 400N
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Darell Engelhaupt has been a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama - Center for Applied Optics since 1990. He is currently Retired On-Call.

He has 35 years of experience in manufacturing unique precision components and optical devices. His work experience includes 4 years in the USAF in radar maintenance, 22 years, defense and energy industry and 25 years with UAH.

Mr. Engelhaupt’s work includes hydrogen energy related programs, material studies including low hydrogen permeability H2 storage vessels, ultra-high strength electrodeposited alloys, instrumentation designs, electrochemical methods, electroformed large replicated optics, x-ray mirror fabrication, UV reflective and broadband non-reflective coatings and optical manufacturing methods. He has extensive experience in bids, proposals and contracts for engineering and scientific efforts. He has authored or co-authored more than 35 peer reviewed papers and presentations and written a book chapter for CRC Press. He is inventor or co-inventor on 21 patents with 2 patents assigned to UAH. He is a member of AESF, SPIE and The Electrochemical Society.


  • M.S. Graduate Coursework Completed in ME at K.U. (University of Kansas)
  • B.S. General Physics/Engineering UMKC, (University of Missouri, Kansas City)
  • Received a BS in General Engineering/Physics from the University of Missouri and continued in graduate school part time five years at the University of Kansas.
  • University Non-credit courses in electrochemistry and advanced mechanical engineering
  • Corporate Management, Martin Marietta, Textron Aerospace


  • Twenty one patents; Materials, Instrumentation, Neutron Optics, Manufacturing methods

Recent Publications

  • “Electroformed Neutron Guides” 2017 DOE SBIR Grant 11501022, DEFOA 0000969 Darell Engelhaupt, Boris Khaykovich, Susan Romaine, Jessica Boike

  • “Optical Component Fabrication Methods” 2014, Chapter 14 CRC Press, Optical Methods Darell Engelhaupt, John Schaefer, and Anees Ahmad

  • “Design, Fabrication, and Demonstration of Lightweight Freeform Mirrors”, Engelhaupt, D., and Landrum, B. 2012.

  • Final Report for URII Fund No. 17486. University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, UAV Fire Detection URII

  • “Design and fabrication of low-cost lightweight metal mirrors” Ahmad, A., Engelhaupt, D., Feng, C., Hadaway, J., and Ye Li. 1994 In Proceedings of the Manufacturing Process Development in Photonics Conference. Redstone Arsenal, AL

  • “Development of a Prototype Nickel Optic for the Constellation-X Hard-X-Ray Telescope” S.Romaine, S.Basso, R.J.Bruni, D.Engelhaupt, M.Ghigo, P.Gorenstein, F.Mazzoleni, S.L.O’Dell, G.Pareschi, B.D.Ramsey, S.Romaine, C.O.Speegle, SPIE 5168, pp. 112-119, 2003.

  • “Figure Measurements of High-Energy-X-Ray Replicated Optics M.Gubarev, B.D.Ramsey, T.Kester, D.Engelhaupt, C.O. Speegle and G.Martin, SPIE 5168, pp. 227-234, 2003.

  • “The Development of Hard-X-Ray Optics at NASA/MSFC” B.D.Ramsey, R.Elsner, D.Engelhaupt, M.Gubarev, J.J.Kolodziejczak, S.L.O’Dell, C.O.Speegle and M.C.Weisskopf, SPIE 5168, pp. 129-135, 2003.

  • “Electrodeposition of High Quality Nickel Phosphorous Alloys for Pollution Reduction and Energy Conservation” D. Engelhaupt and B.D.Ramsey, submitted to the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society AESF/EPA/ 2004.

  • “Electrocomposites of Alumina in a Nickel Matrix” P. Xiong-Skiba, R. Hulguin, D. Engelhaupt and B.D.Ramsey, 205th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, San Antonia, Tx, May 04