Professor and Director
Professor and Director of Nanoimaging Lab
Richard Hailstone received an MS in Physical Chemistry from Indiana University in 1972 and shortly thereafter joined the Research Laboratories of the Eastman Kodak Company. Through almost all of his 18 years with Kodak his research focus was on fundamental research in silver halide materials (those materials used for conventional photographic products). This included the synthesis of photographic emulsions for a variety of fundamental studies. Most of the research was directed toward defining a mechanism of latent-image formation and how it is affected by chemical and spectral sensitization. An important part of this work involved developing a physics-based computer simulation tool to compute the sensitometric properties of photographic materials. In 1990 he left Kodak and joined the faculty at the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology where his research focus continued to be in silver halide materials. In 2006 his research focus shifted towards electron microscopy. He is Director of the NanoImaging Laboratory in CIS, which houses two transmission electron microscopes and two scanning electron microscopes. Through attending short courses, workshops, and tutorials at various venues, as well as spending Fall 2010 on sabbatical at the Cornell Center for Materials Research, he has acquired an advanced skill set which allows him to use these tools for characterization of materials at both the nano- and microscales. Rich also teaches a graduate-level course in electron microscopy.
Optical Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories
Mandy Nevins was a Ph.D. candidate in the NanoImaging Lab who graduated in June 2019. Her research involved the testing and application of a new method for determining the point spread function of the scanning electron microscope. She previously studied at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, from which she received her B.S. Physics in 2014.
Najat Alharbi graduated as a M.S. student with particular interests in Nanoimaging, Quantum physics, and Lasers. Prior to enrolling at RIT, she worked as a visiting lecturer of physics at Umm Al-Qura University. Najat holds a master’s degree in quantum optics and spectroscopy and a Bachelor of Science and Education in physics from the King Abdul Aziz University.
Surya is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Nano-Imaging lab. He is currently working to computationally improve the resolution of the SEM using electron optics. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer engineering from the University of Pune, INDIA. He has worked as a research staff at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) for approximately two years and gained relevant research experience in the field of Super-resolution microscopy, computational imaging, computer vision, and deep learning by working on multiple projects.