Anderson, Betty Lise


Professor Anderson has been at The Ohio State University since 1990. She obtained her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont in 1990 and her MS from there as well in 1988. Her technical area is photonics.

Anderson started her career as a teacher at an experimental elementary school. She earned a BSEE at Syracuse University in 1978, after which she worked in industry for nine years at Tektronix, Inc., C.S. Draper Labs, and GTE Laboratories.

Dr. Anderson runs the K12 Engineering Outreach program at Ohio State. She is also currently the Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is co-author of "Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices," now in its second edition at McGraw Hill.

Prof. Anderson is a Fellow of the SPIE (Society for Photo-Instrumentation Engineers), and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Optical Society of America. In 2022 she was awarded the National Science Board Publics Service Award, and in 2006 she was awarded the Outstanding Woman in Technology: TopCAT (Top Contributors to the Advancement of Technology)” by the Columbus Technology Council (Now Tech Columbus).


Betty Lise Anderson has multiple patents in the areas of optical switching, optical sensing,  and optical computing. She teaches courses in fiber optics and the optical effects of materials, as well as semiconductor physics. She also has worked in medical optics and solar energy.