Prof. Judith F. Donnelly
Emerita at
SPIE Involvement:
Education Committee | Fellow status | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Technician Education , Workforce Training , Problem Based Learning , K12 Outreach
Profile Summary

Judy Donnelly retired in June 2014 from Three Rivers Community College where she was professor of physics and technology for 36 years. With the assistance of an industry advisory committee, she developed the Laser and Fiber Optic Technology associate degree program in 1997. She served as program coordinator and taught the optics, laser technology and fiber optics courses in the program. Donnelly received the Educator Award from SPIE in 2003 and OSA's Esther Hoffman Beller Medal in 2012. She is a Senior Member of both SPIE and OSA and an OSA Fellow. Since 2000, Donnelly has been co-PI on six grants awarded to the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program to develop curriculum and provide teachers/faculty with professional development in optics/photonics (2000-2006) and problem-based learning (2009-present). She is currently serving on several national/international workforce and education committees and as consultant to the NEBHE PBL Projects.
Publications (37)

Proceedings Article | 2 July 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
KEYWORDS: Photonics, Manufacturing, Additive manufacturing, Optics manufacturing, Waveguides, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Fiber lasers, Photonic integrated circuits, Multimedia, Integrated photonics

Proceedings Article | 2 July 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
KEYWORDS: Mathematics, Calculus, Education and training, Outreach programs

Proceedings Article | 14 September 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10741, Optics Education and Outreach V
KEYWORDS: Mathematics, Telescopes, Lenses, Light, Education and training, Outreach programs

Proceedings Article | 16 August 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
KEYWORDS: Mathematics, Calculus, Light sources and illumination, Laser safety, Optics education, Education and training

Proceedings Article | 29 September 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV
KEYWORDS: Photonics, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Mirrors, Reflection, Light, Laser safety, Standards development, Video, Light emitting diodes, Internet

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Conference Committee Involvement (7)
Optics Education and Outreach VI
23 August 2020 | San Diego, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach V
22 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, ETOP 2017
28 May 2017 | Hangzhou, China
Optics Education and Outreach IV
31 August 2016 | San Diego, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach III
19 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
WS1115: Learning How Light Works: Reflection
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce K-12 teachers and those who are interested in providing optics outreach to a make-and-take kaleidoscope activity which will teach students about one of the basic properties of light, reflection. Kaleidoscopes are engaging devices that create amazing images using multiple reflections, and this workshop provides step by step instructions for assembling a kaleidoscope and illustrates how multiple reflections lead to the patterns observed in a kaleidoscope. By using the mirrors within the kaleidoscope and a few basic lessons, students will understand the law of reflection. The workshop has been developed to align with the newly published Next Generation Science Standards and is appropriate for use at the Elementary Level 4-PS4-2: Waves: Waves and Information (4-PS4-2) or can also be used for Middle School students for MS-PS4-2: Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation. Each participant will receive a kaleidoscope kit to assemble during the workshop.
WS1141: Problem-Based Learning: Engaging Students in STEM
Can students learn content material, structured problem solving and teamwork all at the same time? Problem Based Learning (PBL) is designed to do just that by engaging students in authentic real-world problems while supporting their problem-solving skills. Developed for use in medical education in the 1970s, PBL is used in business and law education and even police training. Slowly, it's beginning to emerge in engineering and technology education as a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Studies show that PBL leads to deeper learning and better retention of material. In this workshop, you'll learn more about PBL and how the New England Board of Higher Education's PBL "Challenges" have been implemented in classrooms and extracurricular activities. You will take the part of a student and solve a PBL Challenge, in the process learning how to enhance students' content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ability to work in teams.
WS1156: Dumpster Optics: Teaching Optics with Junk
Engage in tested inquiry-based activities illustrating basic optics concepts using inexpensive, commonly found materials. This workshop is for budget-constrained teachers and outreach providers who have little to no funds for formal kits and expensive supplies. School-age children are welcome to accompany parents. What will you take home? Complete instructions including how optics can be used to illuminate mathematics, several "make-and-take" experiments, list of suppliers and other free resources, ongoing technical assistance (by email), and the opportunity to join the PHOTON listserv of educators and industry mentors. What will you do in this workshop? Dumpster Optics and Math & Optics activities include: Light and Shadows, Inverse Square Law, Reflection (including a target shoot and kaleidoscope!), What is a Laser? and The Colors of Light.
WS961: Optics Magic - Easy Demonstrations from the PHOTON Projects
Make glass disappear! Turn a tomato into a plum! See a "solid" wall vanish before your eyes and more. It's all done with optics! These magical inquiry-based demonstrations in light and vision may be easily replicated with inexpensive, commonly found supplies. Complete instructions and supplier list will be provided. Based on the PHOTON Explorations, these informative hands-on activities are some of the favorite demonstrations of the teacher participants of the PHOTON professional development projects funded by the Advanced Technology Education program of the National Science Foundation.
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