Don Figer

  • May 9, 2022

    man leads a tour of a photonics lab.

    RIT and SPIE to host Photonics for Quantum event June 6-9

    Worldwide experts will soon gather at RIT to discuss the central role photonics plays in advancing quantum technologies. RIT and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are partnering to host the Photonics for Quantum 2022 event June 6-9 at the RIT campus.

  • March 28, 2022

    graphic reads: feature presentation, Don Figer, director of Center for Detectors, College of Science at RIT, Infra-red detectors and the JWST.

    Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science Meeting 

    ASRAS's March 4, 2022, monthly meeting featuring Don Figer, director of Center for Detectors in the College of Science. During March's meeting, Figer discussed The James Webb Space Telescope and the role of technology in astrophysics.

  • January 21, 2022

    WROC Channel 8 TV News 

    Future Photon Initiative Director, Don Figer, talks about his contributions to JWST in the areas of developing its infrared detectors and deployment procedure.

  • December 16, 2021

    artists rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope.

    Multiple RIT scientists contribute to the newest space telescope

    When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches, it will mark the culmination of nearly 30 years of development on the most powerful observational instrument ever made. Numerous members of RIT’s College of Science have been involved in its creation or will work on projects once it becomes operational.

  • June 2, 2021

    three researchers working with optics and photonics equipment.

    RIT and SPIE partner on 2021 Photonics for Quantum event

    SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and RIT will present the 2021 Photonics for Quantum Digital Forum July 16-20. Previously an RIT initiative, this year marks a new iteration of this event in the form of a partnership between RIT and SPIE.

  • August 5, 2020

    detector chip carriers and socket.

    RIT student Justin Gallagher helps lead NASA-funded project to build single photon detectors

    An RIT student is on a mission to help build detectors that could identify individual photons from distant, inhabitable planets. Justin Gallagher, a fifth-year student from Rochester, N.Y., pursuing his BS in physics and MS in astrophysical sciences and technology, is serving as project manager for a nearly $1 million grant funded by NASA to create a single photon sensing and number resolving detector for NASA missions.

  • August 3, 2020

    professor looking at laptop.

    RIT faculty gearing up to apply spring learnings to fall classes

    The unexpected transition to remote learning during the spring semester challenged faculty across RIT to experiment, create, and deploy new methods of instruction to ensure student success. As the university gears up for in-person and online classes—or a combination of both—faculty members are applying a wide range of lessons learned from the spring to keep academic momentum moving forward in the fall.