Dr. Moore was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in the fall of 1997 for the position of Associate Director for Technology in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this position he works with Dr. Neal Lane, President Clinton's Science Advisor, to advise the President on U.S. technology policy, including the Next Generation Internet, Clean Car Initiative, new construction materials, and NASA. Dr. Moore is on leave from his position as the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Previously, from 1995 until the end of 1997, he served as Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University. He also served as president of the Optical Society of America, a professional organization with 12,000 members worldwide, in 1996.
The PhD degree in optics was awarded to Dr. Moore in 1974 from the University of Rochester. He had previously earned a master's degree in Optics at Rochester and a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Maine.
Dr. Moore has extensive experience in the academic, research, business, and governmental arenas of science and technology. He is an expert in gradient-index optics, computer-aided design, and the manufacture of optical systems. He has advised nearly 50 graduate thesis students. In 1993, Dr. Moore began a one-year appointment as Science Advisor to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia. He also chaired the successful Hubble Independent Optical Review Panel organized in 1990 to determine the correct prescription of the Hubble Space Telescope. In addition, Dr. Moore is the founder and former president of Gradient Lens Corporation of Rochester, NY, a company which manufactures the high-quality, low-cost Hawkeye boroscope.
The Honorable Duncan Moore was elected to the National Academy of Engineering
in February 1998. He has been the recipient of the Science and Technology
Award of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce (1992), the Distinguished
Inventor of the Year Award of the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association
(1993), and the Gradient-Index Award of the Japanese Applied Physics Society
(1993). He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University
of Maine in 1995.
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