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Tutorial Program

The 2014 workshop list of tutorials as of May 7 is as follows:



John Suehle

NIST and Image Engineering Inc.

Sunday Night Tutorial: The Magic of Lasers in Entertainment—Behind the Technology

It was not long after the invention of the laser that artists began using this unique source of light in a variety of creative demonstrations, displays and live performances. Beginning in the late 1970s, argon and krypton ion lasers were capable of producing many watts of multi-color visible laser light that could be scanned over a 2-dimensional plane at high speed with mirrors attached to galvanometers. The result was full color vector-drawn laser graphics that could be projected on surfaces as large as skyscrapers or even mountain sides. Even more impressive are volumetric areal beam affects that can be produced as the beam scatters from particulates in the air such as humidity or artificially induced fog. Today, advances in laser technology have enabledtheir use in creative applications that were not previously possible.This presentation will cover the history, technology, and safety issues for large laser light show productions. I will show specific examples from my company, Image Engineering, of how we use high powered lasers in the film industry, professional sports, corporate theater, and with video mapping technology to produce visually stunning displays and productions.

John S. Suehle received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1980, 1982, and 1988, respectively. Since 1982, he has been working in the Semiconductor Electronics Division at NIST, where he is Leader of the CMOS and Novel Devices Group and has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor device research, specifically in the area of metrology and reliability physics. His research activities include failure and wear-out mechanisms in semiconductor devices, radiation effects in microelectronics, micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS), and metrology issues related to future electronic devices. Dr. Suehle founded Image Engineering Inc. in 1992 with his two brothers. Since then, Image Engineering has become an industry leader in innovative and unique special effects and visual presentation management using the choreography of lasers, video projection, lighting and pyrotechnics.Clients include Walt Disney World, the NFL, major concert acts such as Rihanna, nationally televised shows such as America’s Got Talent, The Country Music Awards, the film industry, and numerous corporations. Dr. Suehle is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Eta Kappa Nu.