Duncan MacFarlane is a full professor of electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. Duncan has written more than 100 technical papers or patents in the general area of photonic systems and components. Specific research projects have included micro-optics, ultrafast lasers, photonic integrated filters, nonlinear optics, semiconductor lasers, ellipsometry, and advanced displays. His work in photonic filters is used widely by practicing optical component and system engineers in industry. He pioneered the manufacture of micro-optics using ink jet techniques, and invented a novel 3-dimensional volumetric display which has found application in aerospace. Duncan received his BSEE and MSEE from Brown University, his Ph.D. from Portland State University and his MBA from SMU. He has worked at Schafer Associates, Texas Instruments and at JDS Uniphase, and helped start Celion Networks, a telecommunications system start-up backed by Sequoia. He is a co-Founder of MRRA, a company dedicated to improving medical imaging through supporting instrumentation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Electromagnetics, Microwave Engineering, Optics, Probability and Statistics, Communication Systems and Electronics. Duncan is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.



Dr. Duncan L. MacFarlane, P.E.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science




Research Interests:

Photonics Devices and Systems

Advanced Displays

Optical Communications



MBA 1998, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Ph. D. Electrical Engineering, 1989. Portland State University

M. S. Electrical Engineering, 1985. Brown University

B. S. (honors) Electrical Engineering, 1984. Brown University



“How to get an A in Engineering” Study tips for Engineering Students

“How to get an A in Engineering … with soundtrack

“How to read an equation”

“How to read an equation” … with soundtrack

EE6312 Lasers and Modern Optics

EE3341 Probability Theory and Statistics

EE6316 Fields and Waves

EE4301 Engineering Electromagnetics

EE3350 Communication Systems

EE 6315 Engineering Optics


Price of light (w thanks and apologies to W. Nordhaus)



I have video of some of my courses (Comm Systems, Fields and Waves, some other assorted lectures) up on youtube. My channel name is “Prof MacFarlane” and the link is:





Duncan L. MacFarlane

PO Box 830688 EC33

800 W. Campbell Road

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Richardson, Texas 75083-0688



ECN 4.904