Duncan Moore, internationally recognized expert of lens design at the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics, will become president of the Optical Society of America on Jan. 1, 1996. He was "passed the gavel" during the organization's annual meeting in September.
Maintaining high-quality meetings and publications as well as aggressively seeking funding sources will be key goals during Moore's term as president of OSA. Moore has been active with the 12,000-member society since 1979, having served as a fellow, chair of the Engineering Council, and vice president of the organization.
Moore's research has focused mainly on gradient-index optics and computer-aided manufacturing and design. His use of computers to guide the design and manufacture of lenses quickly and precisely, along with similar work at Eastman Kodak Co., formed the basis for the founding of the Center for Optics Manufacturing. Moore's research has resulted in 11 patents, and in 1980 he founded his own company, Gradient Lens Corp.
In 1993, Moore was named a Congressional Science Fellow by the American Physical Society. In that capacity, he served as the science adviser to Senator John D. Rockefeller of West Virginia.
Moore earned his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Maine and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in optics from the University of Rochester.
A member of the University of Rochester faculty since 1974, Moore is the dean of the University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Rudolph and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering. He is the fifth University professor to be elected President of OSA.