For the last 9 years I've been a member of the research staff at Rockwell Science Center, the corporate think tank for Rockwell International. While there I've been involved with research in a variety of areas in Optics, ranging from fundamental studies of optical materials to development of new nonlinear optical devices to applications of some of these optical concepts in commercial products.
While about half of the work I've done at Rockwell relates to the research in photorefractive phenomena and applications I did in graduate school, I've also done quite a bit of work in acousto-optic devices, nonlinear frequency conversion and the development of computational tools for use in optics research. At last count I have about 50 papers out and 3 US patents (+1 pending).
But given the chance, I'd probably chuck it all for a job teaching college somewhere near big mountains.
Hmm... You know how they say be careful what you wish for and all that ?
Well, as of January '97 it looks like the Optics effort at Rockwell will be closing shop in the next few months - so I guess I'm looking for work. If anybody needs an optical engineering / optical physics kinda guy drop me a line.
(Extra points if the job is near great flying)