Dr. Kudenov completed his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, AK in 2005. Upon graduation, his personal interest in astronomy and photography lead him to obtain his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, AZ in 2009. Following his Ph.D., he remained as an Assistant Research Professor at the UA until departing for North Carolina State University in 2012. Research performed at the UA included visible and infrared imaging polarimetry, spectroscopy, 3D profilometry, interferometry, active learning, and lens design.

His current research is focused on developing novel imaging systems, interferometers, detectors, and anisotropic materials related to polarization and spectral sensing, for wavelengths spanning ultraviolet through the thermal infrared. He is particularly interested in developing novel anisotropic materials and detector technologies that better enable snapshot systems, which are capable of maximizing the spatial, spectral, and/or polarimetric information contained within a single image. Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, food safety, 3D Imaging, and atmospheric monitoring.

Dr. Kudenov has authored 13 journal articles, 15 conference proceedings, 2 patents (pending), 1 book contribution, and is in the process of writing a new book on instrumentation. He is currently interested in obtaining undergraduate and graduate student researchers.


  • Ph.D. 2009
    Optical Sciences
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Master's 2007
    Optical Sciences
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Bachelor's 2005
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Alaska Fairbanks

Highlighted Awards

Awards & Honors

  • 2023 - SPIE Fellow
  • 2009 - College of Optical Science's Graduate Valedictorian
  • 2006 - Arthur G. DeBell Memorial Award
  • 2005 - University of Alaska Fairbanks ECE Achievement Award
  • 2003 - University of Alaska Fairbanks IEEE Achievement Award
  • 2001 - Alaska Airlines Travel Award

Recent News

Iqbal Husain and Michael Kudenov Receive 2022 ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award

Posted on April 28, 2022 | Filed Under: Awards and News

Congratulations to Iqbal Husain and Michael Kudenov for receiving the 2022 ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award!

Guvenc and Kudenov named University Faculty Scholars

Posted on January 29, 2021 | Filed Under: Faculty

Congratulations to Ismail Guvenc and Michael Kudenov on being named University Faculty Scholars this year, recognizing their outstanding achievements in research and teaching.

Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience

Posted on July 1, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

An interdisciplinary collaboration across three colleges at NC State are working together to identify and analyze beneficial fungi in the core crops of North Carolina.

Media Mentions

Researchers Devise New Tool to Measure Polarization of Light

June 24, 2016

NC State researchers have developed a new tool for detecting and measuring the polarization of light based on a single spatial sampling of the light, rather than the multiple samples required by previous technologies. Michael Kudenov, et al., engineering, featured.


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