Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Natan S. Kopeika was born in Baltimore in 1944. He received B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, 1968, and 1972, respectively. He joined the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1973. He chaired the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering [1989-1993], and in 1994 was named Reuven and Francis Feinberg Professor of Electro-optics. He was the first chair of the Department of Electro-optics and Photonics Engineering 1999-2005, which grants graduate degrees only. He and Shlomi Arnon were awarded the JJ Thomson Award by the IEE in 1999. In 2001 he was awarded the Glant Prize for excellence in teaching. He is a Fellow of SPIE (2000). He has published over 200 papers in international reviewed journals, over 160 papers at various conferences, and 3 books. Recent research involves the development of a novel inexpensive focal plane array camera for MMW/THz imaging. Other areas of research include: interactions of electromagnetic waves with plasmas, the opto-galvanic effect, environmental effects on optoelectronic devices, imaging system theory, propagation of light, images, and wireless communication through the atmosphere, image processing and restoration from atmospheric, motion and vibration blur, lidar, and target acquisition.