Dr. Rosario Porras-Aguilar is an Assistant Professor at UNC Charlotte in the Department of Physics and Optical Science. Her current research interests focus on
- Imaging through scattering media,
- Active Optical Systems,
- Quantitative Phase Imaging, and
- Optical Metrology.
Dr. Porras-Aguilar earned her Ph.D. in Optical Science in 2009 and MSc’s degree in Astronomical Instrumentation at the National Research Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) in Mexico. Dr. Porras-Aguilar’ doctoral thesis is entitled “Liquid Crystal Reorientation Induced by Photoisomerization and its Applications in Image Processing.” Her Master thesis is entitled “Genetic Algorithms to Control a Deformable Mirror for Adaptive Optics.”
Over the course of her studies, Dr. Porras-Aguilar was involved in various projects ranging from non-linear phase contrast microscopy to astronomical instrumentation (adaptive optics and atmospheric optics).
Dr. Porras-Aguilar was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Ghent (2009-2011) where she studied novel nonlinear effects in liquid crystals materials. She started becoming active in the area of Optical Metrology as a Conacyt Fellow at the Warsaw University of Technology (2012-2014) where she was working on Digital Holographic Interferometry. Dr. Porras-Aguilar returned to Mexico in 2014 where she was employed as a Federal Conacyt Researcher to work on Optical Metrology for Industrial and Biomedical Applications. There, she focused on Techniques for Imaging through Scattering Media, Digital Holography, and Fringe Projection Profilometry for a wide range of industrial and biomedical applications.