Natan S. Kopeika

N.S.Kopeika was born in Baltimore, MD in 1944 and raised in Philadelphia. He received B.Sc., M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania 1966, 1968, and 1972, respectively. He with his family immigrated to Israel in 1972 where he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of Ben Gurion University of the Negev as a Lecturer in 1973. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer and received tenure in 1976. In 1981 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1987 to Professor. He chaired the Department of electrical and Computer Engineering from 1989 through 1993. In 1994 he became the first incumbent of the Reuben and Frances Feinberg Chair in Electrooptics, which he still holds. He has published about 130 papers in reviewed international journals, as well as about 90 conference papers. In 1998 his textbook entitled A SYSTEM ENGINEERING APPROACH TO IMAGING was published by SPIE Optical Engineering Press [about 700 pages]. He has chaired numerous SPIE conferences dealing with atmospheric optics and has served on the Mees Medal Committee and the International Activities Committee of The Optical Society of America as well as the Publications Committee of SPIE. Present research areas include imaging system theory, imaging through the atmosphere, imaging in the presence of image motion and vibrations, image restoration, target acquisition, stratospheric optics, lidar, and satellite optical communication networks. Past research areas involved optoelectronic devices, interactions of light with plasmas and gas discharges, optical detectors, etc. Society memberships include SPIE, OSA, and IEEE.

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