Dr. Kent B. Rochford
SPIE Involvement:
Strategic Planning Committee | Executive Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
Optical communications , Photonic sensors , Metrology
Profile Summary

Currently serving as the CEO and Executive Director of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. SPIE partners with researchers, educators, and industry to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition. I am truly excited to be leading a wonderful and inclusive organization, to focus is on supporting our broad constituency, and to enable information sharing through meetings and publications to advance our field.

Previously, I was associate director for Laboratory Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), managing all the technical activities at NIST, and served as acting NIST Director in 2017. Most of my NIST career was in Boulder, starting as a postdoc in 1992 eventually serving as chief of the NIST Optoelectronics Division. Later, I was the director of the NIST Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, the director for NIST’s Boulder Laboratories, and I established NIST's Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL). In between NIST positions, I managed the engineering department of an optical communications startup and the materials and devices R&D for a multinational corporation. I hold a PhD in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, a BS in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. I am a Member of the Board for Photonics21, a Fellow of OSA, Senior member of IEEE, and a Lifetime Member of SPIE.

On a more personal note, I enjoy taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s outdoors-focused lifestyle.
Publications (13)

Proceedings Article | 9 November 2000 Paper
Proceedings Volume 4185, 41854W (2000) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2302319
KEYWORDS: Sensors, Solar concentrators, Garnet, Crystals, Lead, Phase modulation, Signal detection, Iron, Magnetic sensors, Polarization

Proceedings Article | 30 November 1999 Paper
Proceedings Volume 3806, (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.371163
KEYWORDS: Birefringence, Optical discs, Polarization, Optical testing, Wave plates, Temperature metrology, Polarimetry, Calibration, Optics manufacturing, Polymers

Proceedings Article | 1 September 1999 Paper
Proceedings Volume 3746, 37463O (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2302122
KEYWORDS: Fiber Bragg gratings, Interferometers, Sensors, Multiplexing, Temperature metrology, Interferometry, Transform theory, Mirrors, Reflectivity, Michelson interferometers

Proceedings Article | 28 June 1999 Paper
Proceedings Volume 3864, 38641Z (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.997588
KEYWORDS: Birefringence, Optical discs, Optical testing, Wave plates, Polarization, Temperature metrology, Polarimetry, Compact discs, Signal detection, Optics manufacturing

Proceedings Article | 13 October 1997 Paper
Allen Rose, Kent Rochford
Proceedings Volume 3132, (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.279097
KEYWORDS: Humidity, Glasses, Wave plates, Packaging, Water, Adhesives, Birefringence, Epoxies, Temperature metrology, Optical design

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