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Regents Professor
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Julius Brown Chair Professor
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Dr. Gaylord received the B.S. in physics and the M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University. He came to Georgia Tech in 1972.

Dr. Gaylord was instrumental in the founding and development of the optics educational and research programs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This includes the development of the Optical Engineering, Integrated Optics, Modulation, Diffractive and Crystal Optics, and Optoelectronics: Materials, Processes, and Devices courses, the development of optics research programs, and the development of research and instructional laboratory facilities.

Dr. Gaylord is the author of over 300 technical journal publications and 25 patents in the areas of optics, optoelectronics, and semiconductor devices.

  • Diffractive Optics
  • Photonic Crystals
  • Optical Interconnects
  • Fiber Optic Devices
  • Optical Sensors
  • Optics Instrumentation
  • Nanostructure Optoelectronics
Distinctions & Awards
  • Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from the American Society for Engineering Education
  • OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
  • IEEE Graduate Teaching Award
  • Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award (Georgia Tech)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (Georgia Tech)