NAE member Dr. William T. Plummer joins BMF Material


Recently, Dr. William T. Plummer, an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), has signed contract with BMF Material to join as a Senior Scientist. Dr. Plummer is a recipient of the Optical Society of America's David Richardson Medal for applied optics, the Joseph Fraunhofer Award for optical engineering and many other internationally acclaimed optical awards. With his extensive experience and business network in design, manufacturing and industrialization of optical products, he will help BMF with the industrialization of micro/nano-scale 3D printing of precision optics, expansion of the global market, as well as the establishment of BMF’s research center in the U.S.



Dr. William Plummer received his PhD in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1965. With Professor John Strong he made infrared spectrometric measurements for planetary astronomy by high-altitude balloon. After earning his degree he served as a Captain in the US Army Signal Corps, then taught Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also taught engineering and optical subjects at The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Massachusetts, and Tufts University, and is a Senior Lecturer with the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Plummer has been awarded 102 US Patents for inventions in visual, photographic, and technical optical systems: spanning lens designs, innovative components, optomechanical devices, instrumentation, electronics, and chemistry. He has published professional papers in optics, astronomy, acoustics, and other fields. He has given illustrated technical talks before university, scientific, industrial, government, and commercial groups in several countries. In 1969 he joined Polaroid, and worked there for 32 years. He was Senior Director/ Divisional Vice President for Optical Engineering when he left Polaroid. For more than 30 years Dr. Plummer and his expert team routinely contributed new design and manufacturing technologies for a range of products from high-volume amateur and professional photographic systems to specialized laser scanning, digital printing, and optical communication equipment.
Dr. Plummer is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Optical Society of America's David Richardson Medal for applied optics, the Joseph Fraunhofer Award for optical engineering, and the Robert M. Burley Prize for optical engineering. He is a recipient of the Steve Benton Memorial Award from the New England Section of the Optical Society of America. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society, of the S.P.I.E., and of the National Speleological Society. He and his group received a Photonics Spectra Circle of Excellence Award and an R&D 100 Award for a video-rate photon tunneling microscope.


Dr. Plummer and BMF’s Chief Scientist Nicholas X. Fang


In September 2017. BMF Material and Beijing Tongren Hospital cofounded “The National Engineering Research Center for Ophthalmology- BMF Joint Lab of Micro/Nano 3D Printed Optics”, with the aim to work together on the development and application of micro/nano 3D printed optics, in order to fill the technological gap of ophthalmologic equipment R&D and application in China, and solve relevant scientific problems. As Dr. Plummer joins BMF, development of this program will surely be accelerated.