Dr. Russell Kurtz
Dr. Kurtz is a highly respected physicist who, in his three-decade career with Hughes Aircraft, Allied-Signal, TRW, The Aerospace Corp., Tri Nova, and Physical Optics Corp,. has accumulated an extensive portfolio of achievements and recognition. Successfully completing over 30 research and engineering projects ranging from the development of the Er:YAG Laser to optical radar systems, and managing large teams of scientists and engineers, Dr. Kurtz has patented over 12 inventions and published 27 papers. He has received the Physical Optics Corporation Business Development Award and has a permanent listing in Empire Who’s Who.
Having written some of the most useful modeling software in the area of radar, infrared, and visible imaging systems, his mastery of displays and sensors led to technological breakthroughs in the fields of scene projection and hardware-in-the-loop testing. Combining his expertise in quantum electronics, semiconductor physics, and detector arrays, he invented the “quantum dust” photo detector – an inexpensive, high-speed sensor for the communications band. His in-depth knowledge of holographic displays resulted in the development of automultiscopic and autostereoscopic 3D systems and high-resolution helmet-mounted displays. His recent achievements include the development of high-power laser arrays, improved visible-to-infrared scene generators, and a high-PRF/short-pulse laser system.
Dr. Kurtz holds a B.S. from MIT, and a M.S. from USC in Electrical Engineering. His Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Optics is also from USC. He is a U.S. citizen.