Michael Kudenov

Associate Professor
Michael Kudenov

Dr. Kudenov completed his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, AK in 2005. Upon graduation, his personal interest in astronomy and photography lead him to obtain his PhD in Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, AZ in 2009. Following his PhD, he remained as an Assistant Research Professor at the UA until departing for North Carolina State University in 2012. Research performed at the UA included visible and infrared imaging polarimetry, spectroscopy, 3D profilometry, interferometry, active learning, and lens design.

His current research is focused on developing novel imaging systems, interferometers, detectors, and anisotropic materials related to polarization and spectral sensing, for wavelengths spanning ultraviolet through the thermal infrared. He is particularly interested in developing novel anisotropic materials and detector technologies that better enable snapshot systems, which are capable of maximizing the spatial, spectral, and/or polarimetric information contained within a single image. Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, food safety, 3D Imaging, and atmospheric monitoring.

Dr. Kudenov has authored 13 journal articles, 15 conference proceedings, 2 patents (pending), 1 book contribution, and is in the process of writing a new book on instrumentation. He is currently interested in obtaining undergraduate and graduate student researchers.


2009 - PhD in Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2007 - MS in Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2005 - BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

Awards & Honors

2009 - College of Optical Science's Graduate Valedictorian
2006 - Arthur G. DeBell Memorial Award
2005 - University of Alaska Fairbanks ECE Achievement Award
2003 - University of Alaska Fairbanks IEEE Achievement Award
2001 - Alaska Airlines Travel Award


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