Keith B. Doyle, leader of the Structural and Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has been named the 2015 recipient of the SPIE Technology Achievement Award. The award annually honors individuals who have made advancements in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. Doyle was recognized by the awards committee for his "outstanding contributions to integrated analysis of optical systems, incorporating in this analysis elements of optical, thermal, and structural engineering."
As leader of his group, Doyle oversees the development of advanced engineering technologies and multidisciplinary engineering solutions that enable prototype systems. These developments include optimal structures, high-efficiency thermal-fluid heat exchangers, and innovative aerodynamic platforms created using novel materials and state-of-the-art integrated analysis and environmental test capabilities.
Last year, Doyle was elected a fellow of SPIE for his "achievements in advances in optomechanical engineering and integrated modeling." During his more than 25 years' involvement in optomechanical engineering, he has worked on a diverse range of optical and communication sensors for astronomical, remote sensing, laser communication, and imaging applications, as well as optical systems for the microlithography, telecommunications, and consumer optics industries. Considered an expert in the field of integrated modeling, he has developed novel optomechanical analysis techniques used to optimize system architectures and enable the development of advanced optical system technology.
An active participant in SPIE, Doyle is the lead author of two editions of the SPIE Press Monograph "Integrated Optomechanical Analysis," regularly teaches SPIE short courses including Optomechanical Analysis and Finite Element Analysis of Optics, and has authored or coauthored more than 40 technical publications. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Swarthmore College, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University, and a doctoral degree in engineering mechanics with a minor in optical sciences from the University of Arizona.
Doyle will be formally presented with his award at the 2015 SPIE Optics and Photonics Awards Banquet being held on 12 August in San Diego, California. SPIE, an international society dedicated to advancing light-based technologies, was founded in 1955 as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers. Today, SPIE has more than 256,000 members from approximately 155 countries. The society annually sponsors about 25 technical forums and programs, and maintains the SPIE Digital Library of more than 400,000 research papers drawn from its conference proceedings and 10 scholarly journals.