Professor of Applied Science
The College of William & Mary in Virginia
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Desk Phone: (757) 221-1519
E-mail: my-last-name@wm.edu

Mark Hinders holds BS, MS and PhD in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and is currently Professor of Applied Science at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Before coming to Williamsburg in 1993, Professor Hinders was Senior Scientist at Massachusetts Technological Laboratory, Inc., and also Research Assistant Professor at Boston University. Before that Dr. Hinders was an Electromagnetics Research Engineer at the USAF Rome Laboratory located at Hanscom AFB, MA. Professor Hinders conducts research in wave propagation and scattering phenomena, applied to medical imaging, intelligent robotics, security screening, remote sensing and nondestructive evaluation. He and his students study the interaction of acoustic, ultrasonic, elastic, thermal, electromagnetic and optical waves with materials, tissues and structures. Youtube videos of Prof. Hinders are here and here or if you prefer Linkedin, Prof. Hinders can be found here.


In Prof. Hinders’ research group the term nondestructive evaluation is taken to mean many seemingly different things:


       Medical Diagnostics: Ultrasound images, mammograms, etc. are two-dimensional “cuts” of three-dimensional anatomy. Doctors are expert at interpreting them, but the diagnosis is still quite subjective.


       Structural Flaw Detection: Technicians are not as highly trained at diagnosis, plus there is no standard “anatomy” and the structure can’t tell where it hurts. There’s also the morning after bowling night!


       On-line Inspection: Engineers don’t want to interpret images.  They want the instrumentation to give a green light if the process is OK, and a red light if it’s out of spec.  


       Intelligent Robotics: The key to useful robots is a combination of imaging sensors and the on-board intelligence to interpret them. Want to tell the robot to turn left at the big tree, not feed it GPS coordinates. 


The focus of our work is to implement new and better measurements with both novel instrumentation and artificial intelligence that automates the interpretation of the various (and multiple) imaging data streams. Each student’s research typically has application to several seemingly quite different areas, in order to gain meaningful experience in multiple industries. Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of jobs, and many of our current research projects are being done in close collaboration with our former students:


Pierre Emeric, PhD 1995

Director, Instrument Systems R&D

Abbott Point of Care


Mike Seale, PhD 1996

Assoc. Prof. & Chair of Physics

Carson-Newman College


Joseph Zalameda, MS 1996

Aerospace Technologist



Larry C. Dickinson, PhD 1997

Founder and Principal



Agus Ananda, PhD 1997

Research Scientist

Computer Sciences Corporation


Michael S. West, PhD 1997

Optical Physicist

Mentor Technologies, Inc.


James Mckeon, PhD 1998

Director of Technology

Sonix, Inc.


Mike Watkins, PhD 1999

Chief of Technology

Tierra View, LLC


Deonna Woolard, PhD 1999

Professor & Chair of Physics

Randolph-Macon College


Adam Friedman, PhD 2000

Signals Processing Analyst

TASC, Inc.


Gene Malyarenko, PhD 2000

Senior Scientist

Tessonics Corp.


Laura Smith, MS 2001.

Aerospace Technologist

NASA Langley Research Center


Ted Lynch, PhD 2001.

Eng. & Product Development Manager

CIRS, Inc.


Brian Killough,PhD 2003.


NASA Langley Research Center


Alice Fan, MS 2003

Atmospheric Science

NASA Langley Research Center


James Hou, PhD 2004


Electrical Geodesics Inc.


Kevin R. Leonard, PhD 2004

Research Physicist

Army Night Vision Laboratory


Erik S. Weiser, PhD 2004

Associate Director for Labs & Facilites

NASA Langley Research Center


Randy Wojcik, PhD 2004

President and CEO

Ray Visions, Inc.


Kathleen Powell, MS 2005

Atmospheric Science

NASA Langley Research Center


Wen Gao, PhD 2005

Biomedical Research Scientist

Rice University


Kevin Rudd, PhD 2007

Electronic Warfare Program Officer

Office of Naval Research


Martin Hou, PhD 2007

Senior Process Engineer



William L. Fehlman II, PhD 2008

Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch

NASA Langley Research Center


Ron Quinlan, PhD 2008

Research Scientist

Naval Surface Warfare Center


Jill Bingham, PhD 2008

NDI Engineer

The Boeing Company


Crystal Bertoncini, PhD 2010

Research Scientist

Naval Research Laboratory


Cara Leckey, PhD 2011

Research Physicist



Corey Miller, PhD 2013

Research Scientist

Naval Research Laboratory


Eric Dieckman, PhD 2013

Research Scientist