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Professor John Sheridan


John Sheridan

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
01 716 1927
University College Dublin, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4


John T. Sheridan was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland, where he attended St Patrick's National School and St Gerald's College. He received his Bachelors degree (H1) in Electronic Engineering, from University College Galway (NUIG) in 1985, and his Masters degree in the Science of Electrical Engineering, (MScEE), from Georgia Tech, in 1986. While at GT he worked as a Research Assistant of Prof. William T. Rhodes. In 1987 he matriculated as a member of Jesus College Oxford and in 1991 he was awarded his doctorate by Oxford University for work carried out under the supervision of Prof. Laszlo Solymar and Prof. Colin J. R. Sheppard in the Department of Engineering Science. This was followed by postdoctoral research fellowships, supported first (1991) by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and later (1992) by a European Community Bursary. Both were held at the Lehrstuhl fur Angewandte Optik in Erlangen-Nürnberg University, under the leadership of Prof. Dr A. W. Lohmann. In 1994 he took up a position as a visiting scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, in Italy. In 1997 he was appointed to the School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology as a permanent lecturer. He joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD), in 2000 as a College Lecturer. In 2005 he became a Senior Lecturer, and in 2007 Professor of Optical Engineering within the UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has acted as Deputy Director of the UCD Communications/Optoelectronic Research Centre and also of the SFI Strategic Research Cluster in Solar Energy Conversion. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of SPIE the International Optical Engineering Society.In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He has authored ~600 documents (>200 in peer reviewed journals), which have been widely cited (ISI Web of Science: >5500 citation, h-index ~39. Google Scholar: >7800 citations, h~46). See: He regularly chairs and serves on national and international conference committees and review panels, (See: ) and is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals. He is a co-founder and director of the UCD startup company Equilume, (See and ). He is the co-editor of Linear Canonical Transforms: Theory and Application, Springer Series in Optical Sciences (2016). He presented the following public lecture at the UCD Light & Shadow event. See: For further information see: John is married to the very wonderful Dr Jutta Baum-Sheridan and is the extremely proud father of M. Daniel O. Sheridan.


  • Permanent Wholetime Lecturer
    Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Physics, Faculty of Science30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999


  • Post Doctoral Researcher
    Physikalisches Institut30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Post Doctoral Researcher
    Physikalisches Institut30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Post Doctoral Researcher
    Commission Joint Research Centre, ISIS,30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999


  • BE
    NUI Galway IRL
  • M Sc EE
    Georgia Inst of Technology GA. USA
  • DPhil
    Oxford University UK