Professor Emeriti

Frederic Davidson

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Fred Davidson has been a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University since 1975 until he retired last semester.  He currently is still dedicating his time and knowledge to undergraduates in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests were in optical communications, quantum electronics, optical coherence, quantum optics, photorefractive materials, and photoconductive semiconductors.  Professor Davidson is a Senior member of the IEEE, is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, has been an Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, and a reviewer for a number of referred journals.  He has consulted with a number of commercial companies and has been the recipient of many NSF, NASA, and DOD grants.  He has edited a book, has over 50 technical journal papers, he has over 40 conference papers, and he has mentored about twenty-five graduate students.  His educational background is in physics (Cornell University – BSEE, 1964; University of Rochester – Ph.D., 1969).


Richard I. Joseph

Jacob Suter Jammer Professor Emeritus

Richard I. Joseph was termed an expert in optical fibers and statistical mechanics methods.  Due to his research in the field he was bestowed the honor of Jacob Suter Jammer Professor in 1983.


Harvey Palmer

Professor Emeritus


Wilson Rugh

Edward J. Schaefer Professor Emeritus

Wilson J. Rugh joined the department faculty in 1969 and until his retirement in 2007 focused his teaching and research on systems and control theory. He has authored three books and over 50 journal articles. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control  Systems Society, as well as a past-president of that Society. Professor Rugh was an early advocate of using  interactive tools on the internet for education and with students developed the well-known site Demonstrations in Signals, Systems, and Control. This site received the  Premier Award of the National Engineering Education  Delivery System in 2001. He also received both the Huggins Award and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Award for excellence in teaching. Further information, including lists of research publications and downloadable resources related to his books, can be found at his personal website.


Charles R. Westgate

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Charles R. Westgate received his PhD from Princeton University.  He is currently Director of the Binghamton University Center for Autonomous Solar Power, Vice Provost for Compliance, and Bartle Professor at Binghamton University.  He is the former Dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at BU.  Dr. Westgate is currently Professor Emeritus at  Johns Hopkins University where he served as professor, associate dean for part-time programs in engineering, associate dean for academic affairs, department chair and interim dean of engineering.


Alexander E. Kaplan

Professor Emeritus

Alexander Kaplan was born in former USSR in 1938. He received his MS degree in Physics from the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) in 1961, and his PhD degree in Physics & Mathematics from the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Gorkii State University, Gorkii, USSR, in 1967. His research efforts and interests are in the areas of nonlinear optics and quantum electronics. He made pioneering contributions to the fields of very-high order sub-harmonics generation, self-bending effect, nonlinear interfaces and optical bistability, hysteretic and multi-photon resonances of a single trapped electron, light-induced non-reciprocity, soliton physics, X-ray nonlinear optics, sub-cycle sub-femtosecond pulses, shock waves in nanoclusters, relativistic nonlinear optics, etc. He has authored or coauthored about 370 research publications, among them more than 120 journal papers, which can be found in Nature, Phys. Rev. Letts., Optics Letts., JOSA B, Phys. Rev. A, IEEE J. Quant. Electr., etc, a few books and more than 40 book chapters and conf. proceedings in the field.

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