Paul Scott Carney

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Paul Scott Carney
Paul Scott Carney
Associate Professor
4061 Beckman Institute MC 251
405 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 265-5428

Primary Research Area

  • Electromagnetics and Optics

Education

Ph.D. Physics University of Rochester June 1999

Biography

Professor Carney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is a theorist with research interests in inverse problems, imaging, coherence theory and other branches of optical physics and works closely with a number of great experimenters. Prof. Carney is widely respected for having written the seminal papers in the field of near-field inverse scattering. He has brought the tools of inverse scattering to bear on optical coherence tomography with resulting innovations that have been spun-out into a successful medical imaging start-up. His current interests include problems in inverse-scattering, the statistical optics of fast pulses, and spectroscopy.

Prof Carney holds a BS in Engineering Physics from UIUC (1994), and a PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester (1999, advisor: Emil Wolf). He was a post-doctoral associate at Washington University from 1999 to 2001 when he joined the faculty of UIUC ECE.

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Optical Science Group

Teaching Statement

I teach three graduate-level optics course, ECE 569, "Inverse Problems in Optics," ECE 570, "Nonlinear Optics," and ECE 598PSC, "Advanced Coherence Theory," on a rotation. At the undergraduate level I teach ECE 445, Senior Design. These courses have in common an absence of exams and an emphasis on individual achievement through a term project. I also occasionally teach ECE 340, Solid State Devices, a course outside my core expertise but that I find beautiful.

Research Statement

My research is primarily in theoretical optics. I consider myself a generalist, but am lately focused on problems in computed imaging, spectroscopy, and coherence theory.

Research Interests

Optical physics including imaging, near-field microscopy, classical and quantum coherence theory, beam propagation, fundamental issues of energy conservation, and mathematical methods in inverse scattering and the propagation of light.

Research Areas

  • Biomedical imaging
  • Coherent optics/imaging
  • Computed imaging systems
  • Electromagnetic theory
  • Electromagnetics and Optics
  • Lasers and optical physics
  • Microcavity lasers and nanophotonics
  • Microelectronics and Photonics
  • Modeling and simulation of laser systems
  • Quantum nanostructures for electronics and photonics
  • Radar scattering
  • Radio and optical wave propagation
  • Semiconductor lasers and photonic devices
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy

Honors

  • Fulbright Scholar (The Netherlands) 2008-2009.
  • Honorary Member, HKN, Spring 2006
  • NSF CAREER Award 2003

Teaching Honors

  • Incomplete list of teachers ranked excellent by their students, Fall 2004 (ECE 569), Spring 2005 (ECE 445), Spring 2006 (ECE 445) , Spring 2007 (ECE 598PSC), Fall 2007 (ECE 445 and ECE 569), Fall 2009 (ECE 445), Spring 2010 (ECE 445), Spring 2011 (ECE 445)
  • Accenture Outstanding Advisor Award 2003-04 and 2007-2008

Research Honors

  • Honorary Member, HKN, Spring 2006
  • A.O. Beckman Research Award (awarded by the Research Board)