Meet Dean Hinton
The students and faculty of the college of engineering benefit from Dean Hinton’s notable experience in industry and academia. In 1981, he accepted a position with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Naperville, IL. After just four years on the technical staff, he was promoted to supervisor of the Photonic Switching Technologies group, eventually becoming the Head of the Photonic Switching Department in 1989.
From 1992 to 1994, he was the BNR-NT/NSERC Chair in Photonic Systems at McGill University until he became the Hudson Moore Jr. Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994. He then accepted a position as Dean E. Ackers Distinguished Professor and the Chairman of University of Kansas Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. The College of Engineering at Utah State University hired Dean Hinton in 2002 and has benefited from his leadership and expertise ever since.
A very active participant in the scientific and engineering community, he has helped direct numerous technical conferences and workshops. Over the course of his career, he has published over 35 journal articles, authored 85 conference papers, and obtained 12 patents. IEEE-LEOS recognized Dean Hinton’s contributions by naming him a Distinguished Lecturer for 1993-94. He also sits as a fellow for both the IEEE and OSA.
His current research focuses on developing systems applications of smart pixels and free-space optical interconnection, bio-photonic systems, and in developing and understanding technology-enhanced learning environments.