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Alumna, Trustee Kathleen Richardson discusses materials science for magazine

Kathleen Richardson ’82, ’88 M.S., ’92 PhD
Kathleen Richardson ’82, ’88 M.S., ’92 PhD

Alfred University alumna Kathleen Richardson, Pegasus Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida, was profiled in a recent issue of the magazine Electro Optics, in which she discussed her career as a researcher and educator.


Alfred University alumna Kathleen Richardson, Pegasus Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida, was profiled in a recent issue of the magazine Electro Optics, in which she discussed her career as a researcher and educator.

Richardson, a member of Alfred University’s Board of Trustees, was interviewed for a piece titled “Making materials science work for all.” The Q&A profile appeared in the Sept. 30 issue of Electro Optics, a leading print and online resource for engineers involved in photonics business, technology and applications.

Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1982 and went on to earn a master’s degree in glass science in 1988 and a doctorate in ceramic engineering in 1992, both from Alfred University. She has been a member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees since 2006.

As Pegasus Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, Richardson leads the institution’s Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory.

An expert in the research and development of infrared glasses, Richardson is a 2020 recipient of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award, which recognizes sustained outstanding contributions to global research, education and training in optical materials. She is an SPIE Fellow who served on the Society's Board of Directors from 2013-15, and is a Fellow in the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Society of Glass Technology, and the Optical Society of America. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Educator Award from ACerS.