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Peter LoPresti, PhD

Peter LoPresti, PhD
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Electrical and Computer Engineering
918-631-3274 Rayzor Hall Room 1105


PhD – Pennsylvania State University Other – University of Delaware


Peter G. LoPresti received the B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, Newark, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 1994. He came to TU in the fall of 1994, and is currently a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He currently acts as a consultant on the development of three-dimensional displays and optical sensor systems and is the Director of the Optical Networking Laboratory at TU. He has served as a faculty mentor for the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge program since2000, and the IEEE student branch advisor since 1998. His fields of interest include the engineering of optical communications systems; the design and implementation of mobile free-space optical communication networks for disaster recovery, environmental monitoring, and battlefield communication; and optical sensor development for environmental monitoring. He has also performed research in the area of visual prostheses.

Research Interests

Optical Sensors and Instrumentation
Optical Communication and Networks
Biomedical Applications of Optics

Teaching Interests

Electronic Systems
Optical Systems


  • LoPresti, P.G., and C. Shrock. “Differential Fiber-Optic Sensors for Improving Pressure Measurement.” 413 I. ISA TECH/EXPO Technology Update Conference Proceedings, 2001. 805–813. Print.

  • Finn, W, and Peter LoPresti. “Wavelength and Intensity Dependence of Retinal Evoked Responses Using in Vivo Optic Nerve Recording.” IEEE transactions on neural systems and rehabilitation engineering : a publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 11.4 (2003): 372–6. Print.

  • LoPresti, Peter, and W Finn. “Fiber-Optic Sensor System for Rapid Positioning of a Microelectrode Array.” Applied optics 37.16 (1998): 3426–31. Print.

  • LoPresti, Peter, D Jali, and C Shrock. “Differential Strain Measurement Using Multiplexed Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors.” ISA transactions 43.2 (2004): 195–204. Print.

  • Moradi, H, H Refai, and Peter LoPresti. “Switched Diversity Approach for Multireceiving Optical Wireless Systems.” Applied optics 50.29 (2011): 5606–14. Print.

  • Zhou, D, Peter LoPresti, and H Refai. “Design Analysis of a Fiber-Bundle-Based Mobile Free-Space Optical Link with Wavelength Diversity.” Applied optics 52.16 (2013): 3689–97. Print.

  • Moradi, H., H.H. Refai, and P.G. LoPresti. “Switch-and-Stay and Switch-and-Examine Dual Diversity for High-Speed Free-Space Optics Links.” IET Optoelectronics 6.1 (2012): 34–42. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Optical Networking
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Electronics I

Awards & Honors

  • College of Engineering Excellence in Research
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Professor of the Year
  • University of Tulsa Faculty of the Year
  • Highlighted Poster
  • Professor of the Month
  • Best Paper in Session
  • College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching