Thomas Bifano

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • Title Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Phone 617-353-5619
  • Education 1988 Ph.D. North Carolina State University (Mechanical Engineering)
    1983 M.S. Duke University Mechanical (Engineering & Materials Science)
    1980 B.S. Duke University (Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science)

Research Interests: Deformable Mirrors, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Adaptive Optics, Biphotonic Microscopy, Astronomical Telescope Instrumentation, Laser Wavefront Control


Dr. Thomas Bifano is the Director of the Boston University Photonics Center and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has been a Professor at Boston University since 1988. Dr. Bifano’s research focuses on modeling, design, production, and use of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) in optical applications. He is a founder and CTO of Boston Micromachines Corporation in Cambridge, MA, a leading producer of deformable mirrors for applications in astronomy, bio-imaging, and defense.


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