Peter LoPresti, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Peter LoPresti, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Peter LoPresti, Ph.D., is a professor of electrical and computer engineering who specializes in the design and modeling of optical systems, including sensors and both fiber and free-space communications systems. LoPresti’s current research focuses on hybrid RF/optical links between the ground and space-based platforms, including CubeSats. He seeks to strongly integrate education and research through engineering summer camps, undergraduate student research, and acquisition of equipment with dual research and academic purposes.

Award and Honors

  • TU College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
  • TU College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research, 2002
  • Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year Award, 1998


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Penn State University, 1994
  • BSEE, Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1988

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Free space optics (FSO)
  • Hybrid RF/FSO
  • Optical sensing
  • Cognitive optics