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Kentucky College of Optometry announces new faculty

June 02, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Jesson Martin, Ph.D., joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) as an assistant professor of optics with the specialization in optics of the eye and vision science.

Martin completed his doctorate in physics from the National Institute of Technology (NITT), India in 2007. Martin worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Eye Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin specializing in the fields of adaptive optics retinal imaging and color vision. He continued his post-doctoral research at the Indiana University School of Optometry specializing in the field of physiological optics. His research interest focuses on the understanding of the optics of the human eye and visual performance. Martin has been working to develop objective techniques to accurately measure and quantify refraction, accommodation and other subjective optometric evaluation methods. He has extensive experience in the development and operations of various ophthalmic instruments, such as human eye aberrometers and high resolution retinal cameras.

Prior to his appointment at KYCO, Martin had several years of industry research and development experience at major surgical intraocular lens companies, including Bausch & Lomb and Alcon, where he served as a senior optical engineer and was involved in the development and metrology of surgical intraocular lens products.

He taught physics for more than five years prior to his Ph.D. program. At KYCO, Martin will be teaching courses on geometric and physical optics, physiological optics and fundamentals of vision science.

Martin is a recipient of Alcon’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Technology Innovation for 2013, an Alcon Global award. In 2006, he was a recipient of the International Society for Optical Engineering’s (SPIE) Educational Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering for potential long-range contributions in the field of optics, photonics and related disciplines.

He is currently elected to serve a two-year term as the co-chair of the Optical Metrology Technical Committee of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Martin is also a reviewer for several peer reviewed optics journals.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction has begun on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

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