Scott W. Teare
Electrical Engineering Department
New Mexico Tech
office: 223 Workman Center
lab: 220 Workman Center

tel: 575-835-5839 (office)
fax: 575-835-5332

email: scott.teare at

Mailing Address:
Dept of Electrical Engineering
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801-4796 USA

Professor Teare received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Guelph, Canada for work on quantum well heterojunction electronic devices. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech and the program chair for the Optical Science and Engineering program. He served as the department chair of Electrical Engineering from 2004 through 2010. He is also a research scientist with the Energetic Materials Research and Test Center at New Mexico Tech.

Dr. Teare is a Fellow of SPIE, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Senior Member of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and a member (P.Phys.) of the Canadian Association of Physicists. He has published more than 100 scientific and engineering articles; and has been awarded 4 US Patents 7869058, 8452574, 8725471, and 8907260. He has co-authored two books in the SPIE Tutorial Series, "Introduction to Image Stabilization" (2006) and “Introduction to Liquid Crystals for Optical Design and Engineering”(2015). His most recent Tutorial Series books “Practical Electronics for Optical Design and Engineering” (2016) and “Optics Using MATLAB” (2017) are now available. He is current writing an SPIE Monograph on the modeling of thin film optical filters using MATLAB, for publication in mid-2018.

Dr. Teare volunteers with ABET, the international organization that accredits engineering programs. He has served as a program evaluator (PEV); PEV Mentor; Team Chair; and ABET Commissioner for EAC. Beginning in October 2015 he was elected to the ABET Board of Delegates, and both the Engineering Area Delegation and Engineering Technology Area representing SPIE.

The US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars recently recommended Prof. Teare for the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2016). He is actively seeking opportunities to visit and work with universities and scholars abroad in support of Engineering activities.

Active Research:

    Professor Teare is actively involved in the development of novel instrumentation that uses electronics, light and sound to improve imaging, sensing and measurement of physical phenomena. Topics of interest include: adaptive optics, spectroscopy, interferometry, optical thin films, shock physics, and ballistics. Active projects include:

  • Developing instrumentation to evaluate the breakdown voltage of energetic powders;

  • Developing ballistic simulators; and conversion of firearm pressure testing methods.


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