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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). Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Dr. Paciaroni was an optical engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center—where she worked on the space shuttle simulator upgrade team—and as a systems engineer in CAE’s flight simulation division. She was selected for the U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in 2015, a program sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  

Dr. Paciaroni is a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She is a peer reviewer of OSA’s journal articles and a reviewer of ASEE’s conference papers. 


Model Validation Image Data for the Breakup of a Liquid Jet in Crossow: Part 1,” Experiments in Fluids, 2010 
Ballistic Imaging of Liquid Breakup Processes in Dense Sprays,” proceedings of the International Symposium on Combustion, 2009 
Laser Light Scattering in Turbid Media: Part II: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Individual Scattering Orders Via Monte Carlo Simulation,” Optics Express, 2009