Faculty Experts - Rosalind Wynne

Rosalind Wynne

Rosalind Wynne
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University College of Engineering

Area of Expertise:

  • Photonics
  • Fiber Optic Devices and Sensors
  • Microstructured Fiber Sensors for Chemicals, Biomaterials and Hazardous Materials


Dr. Wynne's primary area of specialization is photonics, a science based on controlling the flow of photons, or light particles for application in technologies such as optical fiber communications, bar code scanners, laser surgery, remote control devices and a host of other applications. Her research centers on fiber optic sensors and microstructured optical fiber sensors for chemicals, biomaterials and hazardous materials. Dr. Wynne would be a solid source for stories that involve laser technology.


  • Ph.D., Boston University
  • M.S.E.E., Boston University
  • B.S., Norfolk State University

Selected Publications

  • Wynne, R.M., Barabadi, B., Creedon, K., and Ortega, A., "Sub-minute Response Time of a Hollow-core Photonic Bandgap Fiber Gas Sensor," IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, May 2009.
  • Wynne, R.M., "A Fabrication Process for Microstructure Optical Fibers," IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 24, No. 11, November 2006.
  • Noginov, M.A., Loutts, G.B., Bonner, C.E., Taylor, S., Stephanos, Wynne, R.M., Lasley, B.A., Anderson, A.M., Wang, J.C., "Bridging the Gap Between Yb3+ Emission and Nd2+Emission in Apatite Crystals," OSA TOPS Advanced Solid State Lasers, Vol. 26, 1999.
  • Wynne, R., Daneu, J.L., and Fan, T.Y., "Thermal Coefficients of the Expansion and Refractive Index in YAG," Applied Optics, Vol. 38, No. 15, 20 May 1999.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Visiting Scientist, The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
  • Founder and Director of the Villanova College of Engineering’s Laboratory for Lightwave Devices
  • Visiting Scientist, Corning, Inc.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Laboratory for Lightwave Technology, Boston University
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Selected Research

  • "A Microstructure Optical Fiber Detector with Multiple Solid Cores for Simultaneous Chemical and Strain Sensing," The Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, 2009.
  • "MRI: The Core Genomics Laboratory for Teaching and Research Biotechnology," NSF-MRI National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation Program, 2008.
  • "Scalable Emergency Response System", Ablaze Development Corp., subcontractor; Office of Naval Research/Ablaze Development Corp., subcontractor, 2007-2008.
  • "Research on (Evanescent) Wave Sensors for the Detection of Residual Photocathode Gases," Office of Naval Research, 2005-2006.
  • "Photonics Technology Access Program Award," NSF/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, OIDA, (DATE?)

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