International Commission for Optics elects Duncan Moore as president

The International Commission for Optics (ICO) has elected Duncan Moore, Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, as its president, effective October 1.

The International Commission for Optics (ICO) has elected Duncan Moore, Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, as its president, effective October 1. He will serve a three-year term.

Moore marks the fourth American elected president of the commission, which was formed in 1947. The ICO, originally founded to help rebuild the optics communities in Europe and Japan after WWII, is now focused on providing support for optics and photonics in developing economies.

One of Moore's goals as ICO president is to promote technical entrepreneurship and to encourage researchers in the field to look for market opportunities. He would also like to expand ICO membership in Africa, which only has three countries represented in the organization: Sudan, Senegal, and Tunisia.

In 1988, Moore began teaching what he believes to be the first technical entrepreneurship class of its kind—comprised of half MBA candidates and half engineering graduate students. Still taught today, the course is required for students in the University's new master's program, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management.

Along with being a professor of optical engineering, Moore is a professor of business administration and area coordinator for entrepreneurship in the Simon Graduate School of Business and vice provost for entrepreneurship. As vice provost, Moore leads the University's Center for Entrepreneurship, launched in 2006 with grant funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Moore received his Ph.D. and master's degree in optics from the University of Rochester.

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