Quick Links: 
Teaching Links: 
Spring 2014:
  Capstone II
Selected Dates and Group Meetings
  Optics for Engineers (Undergrad)
Tu,F, 9:50-11:30am
Summer II 2014:  EECE4790   Capstone I
Selected Dates TBD and Group Meetings
ABRD5188   Dialogues of Civilization
Biomedical Optics in Taiwan
Fall 2014:  EECE7105   Optics for Engineers (Grad Only)
Tu, Fr 9:50-11:30
Spring 2015:
  Capstone II
Selected Dates and Group Meetings
Summer I 2015:
Dialogues of Civilization
Hyperspectral Imaging in Chile
Summer II 2015:
  Capstone I
Selected Dates and Group Meetings.
Charles A. (Chuck) DiMarzio 
Associate Professor 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
Northeastern University
Associate Chair of ECE
Topical Editor for Optics Letters
  • Study with me in Chile (Summer I, 2015)
  • Learn about our group. The Optical Science Laboratory.
  • Check out our microscope. The W.M.Keck 3-D Fusion Microscope.
  • Join our group. Research Opportunities for Graduate Students.
  • Ski with me.
  • e-mail to dimarzio @ ece.neu.edu
  • Learn about my consulting availability.

  • My lab, the  Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) is located in room 334 of the Egan Engineering and Science Research Center. You can find directions at at http://www.ece.neu.edu/groups/osl/directions.html.

    My office is in 216 Lake Hall. You can enter Nightingale from Forsyth Street. Walk straight ahead to the elevator or turn left before the elevator for the stairs. At the second floor turn right 180 degrees from the elevator, and walk away from Forsyth Street into Lake Hall. 216 is the first office on the left.

    New textbook: Optics for Engineers

    My book, Optics for Engineers, is now available. Click on the book or the link above for more information from my publisher, CRC Press.


    Some food for thought... A friend sent me an article. I do not recognize the name of the author, but I gather he is not an engineer, from the first paragraph.

    The title is "America Needs More Scientists and Engineers," but the content of the article says, "In 2010, only 4.9 percent of American jobs were in science and engineering, down from 5.3 percent in 2000 --- the first such decline since 1950." It seems to me that this is evidence that the country needs less scientists and engineers, rather than more.

     Previous Course Notes:
    Spring 2006
    ECEG398 Quantum Optics with Prof. Devaney
    Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2007,08,09,10: Spring 2013
    EECE2412 (Formerly ECEU402) ECEU402 (Formerly ECE1341) Introduction to Electronics
    Fall 2001, Fall 2003, Fall 2007,09,12:  EECE7105 (Formerly ECE4646, ECEG105, ECE-3582) Optics for Engineers (grad)
    Spring 2005, 6, Fall 2008: EECE4646 (Formerly ECEU646) Optics for Engineers (advanced undergrad elective)
    Summer II 2005: 
    ECEU401 Formerly ECE-1240
    Intro to ECE Laboratory
    Fall 2002,3
    GEU110 Engineering Design (Freshman Course)
    Winter 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2006. Spring 2011.
    EECE4692 or EECE5698 (Formerly ECEU692)
    Introduction to Subsurface Sensing  and Imaging 
    Spring 2004:

    Optical Detection (With Prof. Stephen McKnight)
    SU II and SP, Since 2005:

    Capstone Design
    Fall 2012:

    Freshman Seminar


    Our group, the Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) is particularly interested in those optical imaging techniques which involve coherent detection, multi-modal imaging, multi-wave imaging (where light is used in combination with another type of wave such as ultrasound). Our applications include biological and medical imaging, including embryos, skin, collagen, and lung.

    Here is my weekly schedule for the present term: 

    I now have an office for my associate-chair activities in 409 Dana. These are primarily for students other than those in my classes or research group. For those students, I have office hours in 216 Lake.

    My normal hours on campus are from 9AM through 6PM, but this varies considerably, and I am usually fully scheduled every day, so the chance of catching me with a free moment is very small. For that reason, I prefer to arrange meeting times in advance. Send an email first, and schedule a meeting time. To the extent possible, I try to keep Friday afternoons from, 3:30 to 5, free for people to visit me in the lab. Often I will stay until about 6, but please don't count on this. This time is open to any students, faculty, staff, friends, visitors, without appointment. It would be nice (but not necessary) to let me know you are coming. Look for me in either 334 or 352 Egan.

    Some Personal Information

    I live in Cambridge, with my wife, Sheila, a large number of plants and assorted tropical fish.

    We enjoy travel almost anywhere, attending plays, concerts, and the occasional film.

    For outdoor activities, I enjoy running (see Greater Boston Track Club for running information in Boston), bicycling, both for getting around the city (in the good weather at least), and for pleasure (see my page on car-free biking around Boston,  http:// http://www.ece.neu.edu/faculty/dimarzio/bike/ ), and skiing (especially Squaw Valley, CA, various areas in Utah, and Killington, VT).

    Some pictures of leisure activities: Our annual bike trip from Plymouth to Provincetown (25-26 July 09, thanks to Joseph for the photo), skiing at Alta in 2008 (Thanks to Rob), our annual mountain biking trip to Vermont (24 Jul 06, Thanks to Timon), and my first time on a horse (30 May 2010, thanks to Dave for photo, and to Jason and Reno for the adventure.)

    "This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege - my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

    --George Bernard Shaw

    To Contact Me

    You can reach me in any of the following ways.  Electronic mail is usually the easiest and fastest.
  • e-mail: dimarzio @ ece.neu.edu
  • Phone: +1 617-373-2034
  • Mail:
  • Charles A. DiMarzio
  • 440 Dana Research Center
  • Northeastern University
  • 360 Huntington Avenue
  • Boston, MA 02115
  • Lab Location:
  • 334 Egan Building (see http://www.ece.neu.edu/groups/osl/directions.html)

  • ABOUT THE BACKGROUND: My favorite winter passtime is skiing. I put this background together from a detail of a photograph taken at Park City, in 2003. There are four copies in different orientations so that the tracks (and more importantly, the brightness levels) line up as the pattern repeats.

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