Brady named an OSA Fellow

February 1, 2003

David J. Brady, the Addy Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Pratt's Fitzpatrick Center for Photonics and Communications, has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

OSA President G. Michael Morris notified Brady of the honor in a letter dated Oct. 27. The society recognizes Brady’s development of three-dimensional optical systems for interferometric and tomographic imaging, computational sensing and information processing, Morris wrote.

Brady holds a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Macalester College and M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology. He was on the faculty of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign from 1990 until joining the Duke faculty in 2001.

Brady’s research focuses on computational optical sensors. He leads the DISP group (, which builds interferometric and coherence sensors for 3D microscopy, spectroscopic biosensors, interferometric telescopy and biometric sensor networks. At the Fitzpatrick Center, Brady focuses on undergraduate and graduate education in photonics, with a particular emphasis on optics as an information science and optics education as a bridge between physical and digital systems.

The OSA brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders. OSA’s membership totals more than 14,000 individuals from over 70 countries. The organization’s mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.