Dr. Jim Pearson

Dr. Jim Pearson

Florida Photonics Cluster

  • Title
    Executive Director


In addition to his work with the FPC, Dr. Pearson is part-time as Special Consultant at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, and is a co-PI on the LASER-TEC program at IRSC – Indian River State College. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering & Physics in 1972 from the California Institute of Technology. In his work at UCF, FPC, and IRSC, he supports the development and maintenance of effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals, companies, and organizations for the purpose of establishing partnerships and funding in areas of interest to the organizations.

Prior to joining UCF in 2004, Dr. Pearson held the positions of Executive Director of ISA – The Instrumentation, Systems, & Automation Society from 1999 – 2004, and Executive Director of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering from 1993-1999. From 1976 – 1993, he held several positions within United Technologies Corporation, including Chief Scientist at United Technologies Research Center, and President & General Manager of United Technologies Optical Systems. He is a Life Fellow of SPIE, a Life Fellow of OSA, and a Senior Member of IEEE.