Mr. Ted Rogers

Research Scientist II, S2, Center for Applied Optics


Mr. Rogers received his BE in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1979 followed by six years in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. Following the Navy, he spent over ten years in mechanical equipment design and engineering serving primarily the chemical, manufacturing, and utility industries where he obtained a PE license in South Carolina. A change of academic and career interests led to work in Medical Physics while obtaining his BS in Physics in 2000 from UNC-Asheville where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. This was followed by his MS in Physics from UAH in 2003 and employment with the CAO.

As a Research Scientist, he participates in the design and development of opto-mechanical components and testing of optical systems where numerous devices that aid in optical testing work have been designed and built. Recent research projects have included large mirror mount for US Army, lens design and fabrication in the THz region, liquid crystal assembly, and multi-sensor array system. Mr. Rogers is the chief operator for the ZEEKO IRP600 deterministic polishing machine to develop procedures for polishing standard optical materials to include aluminum, Zerodur and silicon carbide. As lab manager, he maintains the CAO’s 14 labs and associated mechanical hardware, equipment, and operates the optical metrology systems. He ensures compliance with the UAH health and safety regulations and state equipment inventory audits. As fabrication coordinator, he prioritizes project work, obtains or provides needed fabrication data, obtains materials, designs and develops Pro-E CAD models for CNC tool path generation, and uses DIFFSYS to generate program files for the manufacture of optical surfaces on the Nanotech 250UPL, precision diamond-turning lathe. As instructor, Mr. Rogers instructs the graduate Optical Testing Lab, OSE 654, and has also instructed the Optical Testing course, OSE 653. He consults with, and gives guidance to graduate students concerning the mechanical aspects of their designs for their research. Mr. Rogers retired from the US Navy Reserve as a Commander with a total of 28 years of active and reserve service.


  • M.S., Physics, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2003
  • B.S., Physics, University of North Carolina in Asheville, 2000
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1979