Richard M. Osgood, Jr.

Higgins Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

Applied Physics
Office: 1324 S.W. Mudd
Mail: 1310 S.W. Mudd, Mail Code: 4712
New York, NY 10027

Research Specialties

  • Integrated optical devices and design;
  • Surface physics of oxides, 2-D materials, and semiconductors;
  • New laser source;
  • Advanced oxides; and
  • Optical physics and simulation


Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973)

M.S., Physics, Ohio State University (1968)

B.S., U.S. Military Academy (1965)


Richard M. Osgood Jr. joined Columbia University in 1981 and became Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics in 1988. He served as an associate director of Brookhaven National Laboratory from 2000 to 2002 and its acting Nanocenter Director, 2002. Professor Osgood was, with Professor Yang, a cofounder of the Columbia Microelectronics Sciences Laboratories (MSL), and has served as director or codirector of MSL and the Columbia Radiation Laboratory (CRL). He is a member of the ACS and MRS, and a fellow of the IEEE, OSA, and the APS. He was coeditor of Applied Physics (1983-95) and associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics (1981-88). Professor Osgood has served as a consultant to numerous research institutions and government agencies including MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is also on the DARPA Defense Sciences Research Council (Materials Research Council) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Visiting Advisory Board (Chemical Sciences and Technology Division). Professor Osgood has served as councilor of the Materials Research Society, as a member of the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, and the scientific advisory board of Brookhaven National Laboratories. In 1991, Dr. Osgood received the R. W. Wood Award from the Optical Society of America, and was invited to deliver the OIDTA lecture at the Japanese Optical Association.

Relevant Work Experience

  • Associate Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory (20002002)
  • Visiting Researcher, IBM T.J. Watson Research Laboratory (1995, for 3 mos.)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, MIT (199495)
  • Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany (1989)
  • Technical Director, Columbia Radiation Laboratory (1990
  • Codirector, Columbia Radiation Laboratory (198490)
  • Director, Columbia Microelectronics Sciences Laboratories (198690)
  • Acting Director, Columbia Microelectronics Sciences Laboratories (198386)
  • Project Leader, Direct-Write Processing Program, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT (198081)
  • Staff Member, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT (197380)
  • Visiting Scientist, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (August 1976)
  • Research Officer (Capt. U.S. Air Force), U.S.A.F. Avionics Laboratory (196669)
  • Research Officer, U.S.A.F., Materials Laboratory (196566)
  • Consultant: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Solid-State Electronics Division (199394)
  • Consultant: Allied-Signal (198288)
  • Consultant:AT&T Bell Labs (198288)
  • Consultant:Los Alamos National Laboratory (19852000)


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