James H Clark III, Director of the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) in Flagstaff, Arizona as of August 2018, received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2006 and is currently a PhD candidate in the same department. Prior to joining NPOI, he worked at Optelecom, Inc. on fiber optic payout systems for guided missiles, tethered terrestrial and unmanned underwater vehicles. His research interests include solid mechanics and optomechanical systems. Some of his past research projects included analysis of optical fiber strain in wound composite payout bobbins under dynamic and thermal loading, deflection and compliance sensitivities of mounted optical mirrors under thermal and gravity loading, and modal analysis of large aperture fast steering mirror structures. Since 2005, he has worked closely with NAU on a variety of applications related to the NPOI, and intermittently teaches classes as a part-time instructor in mechanical engineering and sponsors senior engineering capstone projects. He has disseminated the results of his research activities in archival journals as well as technical conferences.
Multiple-baseline detection of a geostationary satellite with the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer
Progress toward unprecedented imaging of stellar surfaces with the Navy precision optical interferometer
Wavefront calibration and correction of an optical train path: a compliant static deformable mirror approach
Design of asymmetrically loaded end-plates with vacuum seal surfaces for the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer
Current alignment techniques and tools for building, aligning, and reconfiguring an optical array at the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer
Characterization of the optical throughput performance of the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI)
Infrastructure and the layout of the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer at the Lowell Observatory