Professor (cross-appointed with Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering)
BSc (Madras), MSc (Madras), PhD (California at Berkeley), FOSA, FSPIE, F.Inst.P. FAAAS, FOSI,FAAO, C.Phys.
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38167
Fax: (519) 725-0784
Office: OPT 334
Vengu, after graduating from high school in California, went to Madras, India where he earned a bachelors and masters degree in physics and math. After spending a year at the University of Oregon, he moved to the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. Subsequently, he spent six years at Berkeley as a member of the research faculty. Following a two year stint in the medical optics industry, he joined the University of Missouri at St. Louis, where he held joint appointments in optometry and physics prior to moving to the University of Waterloo in 2006. He has also held faculty positions as an adjunct associate professor in the Dept. of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California at Irvine and at Waterloo in the mid-90s and has been a visiting professor at other institutions, most recently at the Indian Institute of Technology at New Delhi. He has also been a KITP Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Professional service includes being a Director of the Optical Society of America, Chair of the United States Advisory Committee to the International Commission for Optics, member-at-large of the US IUPAP committee, member of the Trieste System Optical Sciences Advisory Committee at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, amongst others. He is a founding member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) project on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics and has served on the editorial boards of many journals.
My areas of interest are quite wide ranging. I initially started out in vision science working on the Stiles Crawford effect, a manifestation of the directional sensitivity of the retina and this continues to be a major area of interest. I have other interests in vision, including Ophthalmic and visual optics, and in visual perceptual phenomena. I also work on mathematical modeling of vision. Other interests include classical optics such as optical system analysis, fiber optics, aberration theory, etc.
Dr. Lakshminarayana is an approved Ph.D. supervisor.
Links of interest
- Optical Society of America
- SPIE - International society for optical Engineering
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Institute of Physics
- American Physical Society
- Vision Science
- Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics
- Optics and Photonics News
- Society for Mathematical Psychology
- Lasers, Optics, Photonics resources and news
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- National Science Foundation
- National Eye Institute
- International Commission for Optics
- Journal of Modern Optics
- Physics Today
- Viperlib (visual perception library)
- Planet Math
- Vision Sciences Society
- Currency converter
- The New York Times
- National Public Radio