Dr. Megan Paciaroni

Dr. Megan Paciaroni
Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering


  • Combustion research 
  • Imaging systems 
  • Optics 
  • Laser diagnostics 


  • Ph.D., Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, 2004 
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1997 
  • B.S., Electro-Optics, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1987 


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About Dr. Megan Paciaroni

Megan Paciaroni is an associate professor of Physics & Engineering at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2014. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the electrical engineering technology program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a postdoctoral researcher at the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden (division of combustion physics). 

Dr. Paciaroni’s research interests include the application of various laser diagnostics to multiphase reacting and non-reacting flows through a variety of imaging techniques including: ballistic imaging, particle image velocimetry, planar laser induced fluorescence and phosphorescence, Mie and Rayleigh scattering. She was invited to present at the 2017 Gordon Research conference on laser diagnostics in combustion, and is currently a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the American Physical Society.  She is a peer reviewer of OSA’s journal articles and a reviewer of ASEE’s conference papers. 

Recently, Dr. Paciaroni and Dr. Michael Grubb, Chemistry, were awarded an NSF grant to establish an ultrafast optics laboratory at FLC. As part of this effort, Paciaroni will construct a multiphoton microscope significantly increasing the microscopy capabilities of the FLC biology department. 


Megan Paciaroni, Yi Chen, Kyle Lynch, Daniel Guildenbecher. “Particle Image Velocimetry via Optical Time-of-Flight Sectioning,” submitted to Optics Letters, September 2017. 

Mattias Rahm, Megan Paciaroni, Zhenkan Wang, David Sedarsky, Mark Linne. “Evaluation of optical arrangements for ballistic imaging in sprays.” Optics Express, 23: 22444-22462, 2015. 

Rahm, M., Paciaroni, M., Wang, Z., Sedarsky, D., Linne, M. “Optical arrangements for time-gated ballistic imaging,” Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis, Seattle, July 2014. 

Sedarsky, D., Paciaroni, M. E., Petersson, P., Berrocal, E., Zelina, J., Gord, J., Linne, M. “Model Validation Image Data for the Breakup of a Liquid Jet in Crossflow: Part 1.” Exp. in Fluids, 49:391-408, 2010. 

Mark A. Linne, Megan Paciaroni, Edouard Berrocal, David Sedarsky, “Ballistic imaging of liquid breakup processes in dense sprays.” Proc. of the Combustion Institute, 32: 2147–2161, 2009 

Berrocal, E., Sedarsky, D. L., Paciaroni, M. E., Meglinski, I. V., Linne, M. A. “Laser light scattering in turbid media: Part II: Spatial and temporal analysis of individual scattering orders via Monte Carlo simulation.” Optics Express, 17:13792–13809, 2009. 

Mark Linne, Megan Paciaroni, Tyler Hall, and Terry Parker. “Ballistic Imaging of the Near Field in a Diesel Spray.” Exp. in Fluids, 40:836-846, 2006. 

Megan Paciaroni and Mark Linne. “Single-shot two-dimensional ballistic imaging through scattering media.” Applied Optics, 43:5100-5109, 2004. 

In the news

For many Native students, a career in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – can often seem impossibly out of reach. That's where the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, for which Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering Megan Paciaroni Megan Paciaroni is faculty advisor, comes in. [10/24/18]

Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering Megan Paciaroni Megan Paciaroni discussed FLC's role in training Native students for STEM fields for the Optical Society of America. [VIDEO] [10/10/18]

Megan Paciaroni, associate professor of Physics & Engineering, was named a Senior Member of the Optical Society, which recognizes accomplishments in the science of optics and photonics. [6/20/18]



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