Dr. Lisa Blackwell

Research Scientist II, Center for Applied Optics


Dr. Lisa Blackwell received her B.A. in physics from Auburn University in 1994. After working in industry for two years, she returned to graduate school in 1996 when she was awarded an NSF traineeship to study optical physics at the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida. She remained there for a year before returning to her native Huntsville to complete her Ph.D. in optical science and engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001. Immediately after graduation she joined the research staff at the Center for Applied Optics.

Dr. Blackwell's experimental and theoretical work has included optical metrology, work with ultra-short pulsed lasers, theoretical and experimental characterization of photonic crystals, design, modeling, and assembly of optical system to monitor diffusion at monomer polymer interfaces, and work on phasing techniques for large segmented mirrors.


  • Ph.D., Optical Science and Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2001
  • B.A., Physics, Auburn University, 1994