Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Optical Networking Laboratory
Dr. LoPresti received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1988 and his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1994. His thesis work at Penn State involved the nonlinear optical properties of liquid crystalline materials and their applications towards eye protection, nonlinear optical switching, and erasable optical storage. Dr. LoPresti came to the University of Tulsa in August of 1998 as an Assistant Professor, and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in the spring of 2000.
Dr. LoPresti has performed research in a number of areas, all with a focus on optics, including optical instrumentation, fiber communications, optical sensors, and modeling the encoding of optical images by the eye as part of an artificial vision project. The common thread of all of these projects is optical engineering – the application of optical and engineering concepts to the solving of real and relevant problems. For example, his current optical sensor projects are concerned with environmental monitoring to provide the information needed to control or eliminate pollutants. He was also instrumental in the development of the Optical Networking Laboratory, a working model of a major network point of presence (POP) for use in both research and teaching. Both graduate students and undergraduate students have significant roles in these research projects, including presentations to technical meetings and publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Undergraduate participation occurs either through student interest, the senior design coursework, or as a research assistant through the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program. In 2002, Dr. LoPresti won the College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research for his body of work.
Dr. LoPresti teaches a wide variety of courses, from the Freshmen experience course (EE1001), sophomore electrical circuit analysis, junior electronics courses to senior and graduate level courses in optical networking, linear electronics, and optical systems. He has received every college-level and university teaching award at The University of Tulsa. He has developed three new courses and assisted with the development of the Freshmen experience course.