10/5/2010

OPN’s recent article by Jeff Hecht on the birth of Holography can be found HERE

Flagship NSF center with EECS leadership has been named to NSF ‘Sensational 60’ List.

For the NSF report click HERE

IntraLase for blade-free LASIK surgery is a development of UM engineers, NSF-funded physicists and ophthalmologists. In 2001, they made a major improvement in LASIK eye surgery, using a very precise, ultrafast femtosecond laser to create the initial flap of cornea. Much more precise than the previous technology, which used a mechanical blade, the femtosecond laser improves clinical safety and lessens chances of uneven cuts or collateral damage. Surgery using this device, known as IntraLase, was used for the first time in 2006 for human corneal transplants and is now used by doctors at dozens of sites around the country, including the UM Kellogg Eye Center where the idea began. 

[NOTE: IntraLase was founded in 1997 by Prof. Ronald Kurtz at the Kellogg Eye Center and Tabor Juhasz, who was associate research scientist at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS),the College of Engineering NSF-funded center that was the hub for the research, and home of the laser that made it possible. CUOS was directed by Professor (now Emeritus) Gerard Mourou while an active center, and is now directed by Professor Ted Norris.]