William Terrill Rhodes
Official Job Title
Professor Emeritus
Emeritus Length of Service
1971 - 2005

Dr. Rhodes came to Georgia Tech in 1971and helped develop the Institute's strong program in optics. He now serves as Director of the Center for Optical Science and Engineering and as Research Director for Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France.

In 1990-1991 he spent 18 months as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where, besides teaching and managing a research program, he learned to ski and hiked the Rocky Mountains. His degrees are in physics (B.S. 1966) and electrical engineering (M.S. 1968, Ph.D. 1971), all from Stanford University.

A six-month period of undergraduate study in Europe and a subsequent six-month period as a researcher in Germany convinced him early in his career of the value of travel and exposure to different cultures.

Dr. Rhodes comes from a musically and technically inclined family and as a teenager helped to rebuild an Ampico grand (reproducing) player piano.

  • Image formation; partially coherent optical systems; Fourier optics
  • Information processing and telecommunications
  • Secure communication technology
Distinctions & Awards
  • Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Dow Outstanding young Faculty Award (ASEE)
  • Fellow, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the SPIE
  • Director, Optical Society of America
  • Governor, SPIE
  • Chair, Optical Society of America Technical Group on Information Processing and Holography
  • Chair, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Optical Processing
  • Editor/Editor-in-Chief, Applied Optics
  • Editor-in-Chief, Springer-Verlag monograph series on Optical Sciences