James Trolinger

Technical Director and Vice Presidentat MetroLaser
Laguna Hills,
United States
Focus area: , Analog, , Art History, Illustration, Painting, 2D Forms, Holography, Physics

Dr. Trolinger is an optical physicist who has devoted his entire career to the pioneering development and fielding of laser-based, state-of-the-art, optical diagnostic methods. During his career he cofounded two successful, high-technology, optical companies, Spectron Development Laboratories Inc., which was acquired by the Titan Corporation in 1986, and MetroLaser Inc., where he has worked since 1988.  He and his science teams pioneered many of the first applications of lasers in particle and flow diagnostics and aero optics beginning with the first application of holographic particle image velocimetry (Ref. 146-1968) followed by over 150 publications of optical diagnostic methods. Dr. Trolinger served as an investigator on three spaceflight holographic diagnostics experiments (the first US deployment of holography in space) and was the Principal Investigator for the space flight program “SHIVA” (Spaceflight Holography Investigation in a Virtual Apparatus). He was awarded the George W. Goddard award and the Chandra S. Vikram award by SPIE and the Aerodynamics Measurement Technique Gold award by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for outstanding contributions to aerodynamics and aero optics measurements.  Dr. Trolinger received his B. S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Tennessee, his M. S. in physics from The Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Tennessee