See also: www.sunpine.us which links to www.sunpineconsulting.com
Principal Research Scientist,
Florida Solar Energy Center
A research institute of the
University of Central Florida
in optical system design, solar optics, computerized ray tracing of complex
optical systems, and the design of light-piped daylighting systems
subjects for lay audiences
lecturer, visit: www.futureofhumanity.org
Humanity's Environmental Future: Making Sense in a Troubled World
Getting to the Source: Readings on Environmental Values
SunPine Press, Cape Canaveral, Florida, © 2004
more on these books: www.sunpinepress.com.
to Radiometry and Photometry, Artech
House, Inc., 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062, 1994, 402 pp.
Destruction of South Florida,
University of Miami Press, 1971.
here for Detailed resume
Dr. Ross McCluney, Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar
Energy Center from 1976 to 2007, has enjoyed a career spanning several
disciplines. For his B. A. degree (Rhodes College in Memphis) he studied
physics, mathematics, economics, philosophy, English literature, and religion.
His M.S. thesis research (University of Tennessee in Knoxville) dealt
with the diffraction of laser light by high frequency sound waves in water.
While working as an optical engineer at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester,
McCluney studied the new field of holography at the University of Rochester’s
Institute of Optics, then pioneered at Kodak the use of holographic interferometry
for diagnostic tests of optical systems. This work continued while he
pursued his Ph.D. degree on a National Science Foundation fellowship at
the University of Miami, developing a complex holographic interferometer
for detecting minute changes in gas density inside a test cell made of
optically imperfect clear acrylic plastic.
During his studies in Miami, McCluney became concerned about humanity’s
destruction of Earth’s ecosystems and contacted the Miami regional
office of National Audubon Society for more information. This led to the
founding of the UM’s first student environmental organization, Environment!,
and his work as an organizer of the University’s observance of the
first Earth Day Teach-In, on 22 April 1970. While at UM, he taught a semester-long
adult education class on South Florida’s environmental problems.
An outcome of these experiences was the suspension of his physics studies
for a year to work on a graduate assistantship at the University’s
new Center for Urban and Environmental Studies, then headed by Carl McHenry.
Working at CUES for the renowned ecologist, Art Marshall (http://www.artmarshall.org),
McCluney edited a series of essays about the environmental problems of
South Florida. The University’s Graduate Research Council agreed
to underwrite the project, and the manuscript was published by the University
of Miami Press in 1971 as The Environmental Destruction of South Florida.
This book reached a seventh printing in 1990, before going out of print
in 1992. Copies are available from used book sellers.
Upon returning to his physics work, McCluney switched research topics
to optical oceanography, studying the light scattering properties of marine
phytoplankton. Following receipt of his Ph.D. degree in physics, he worked
for three years as an optical oceanographer at NASA’s Goddard Space
Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, occasionally working with Jacques Cousteau
on joint NASA/Cousteau projects.
In 1976 Dr. McCluney was appointed to the Florida Solar Energy Center
in Cocoa, a research institute of the University of Central Florida in
Orlando. His textbook, Introduction to Radiometry and Photometry
was published by Artech House in 1992.
Over the years since 1976, Dr. McCluney has studied, written, and lectured
widely on environmental topics, concentrating on the ethical and philosophical
aspects of the subject. In the Fall of 2003 and the Spring of 2004 he
taught the first semester-long university course based on the two books
he completed in late 2003: Humanity’s Environmental Future
and Getting to the Source.
He retired in 2007 from the Florida Solar Energy Center and moved to
Chattanooga, where he continues his technical consulting work at SunPine
Consulting and his environmental work through the Solar
Valley Coalition, the Cherokee
Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Southern
Alliance for Clean Energy and as a co-founder of the BEST chapter
of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.
McCluney is also a co-founder of Sunflower Corporation in Boulder, CO,
maufacturer of a line of tracking solar lighting systems www.sunflowerdaylighting.com
and www.sundolier.com. He is co-inventor
of the rooftop optical sun tracking and concentration system, and principal
inventor of the interior light distribution optics.
Ross McCluney is a nationally recognized scientist, author, and designer. His
research specialties include optical system design and evaluation, building
window solar radiation analysis, solar cooker and solar water distillation system
design. He collaborates with artist Susan Miller on the design and fabrication
of artistic sundials for public spaces (www.sunpath-designs.com). Since the
first Earth Day in 1970—when he was a leader in the University of Miami’s
observance of that event—he has been writing and speaking on environmental
issues for a variety of audiences.
an optical physicist McCluney’s interests are in the optical and illumination
performances of a variety of novel solar lighting systems, including the relatively
new tubular skylight products being marketed by several companies.
Dr. McCluney served as technical consultant on the design and construction of the world's largest
sundial at Walt Disney World and smaller ones at the University of Texas Pan American Campus
in Edinburg and at the Council Bluffs Public Library in Council Bluffs, Iowa. More information
about these projects is offered below. Dr. McCluney provides technical consulting services to
private and governmental organizations in a variety of areas.
He has written more than 60 technical papers—including several papers for general audiences on
environmental ethics—and three books. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses
at the college and university levels. He supervised the M.S. thesis research of several students at
Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
scientific career has spanned three and a half decades. Click here to see the
entire list of his publications.
His primary interest is in the energy and illumination performance of fenestrations systems, but
he also pursues work in the optical aspects of solar energy collection as well as issues of energy
and environmental policy, including environmental ethics and scientific responsibility. He has
served on the Boards of Directors of Indian River Audubon Society and Florida Audubon
Society, and is currently Vice President of Floridians for a Sustainable Population.
Dr. McCluney’s research activities in fenestration have received national and international
recognition. He is past chairman of ASHRAE Technical Committee on fenestration; a member
of the daylighting committee of the Illumination Engineering Society; a member and technical
consultant of the U.S. National Committee on Interior Lighting of the International Lighting
Commission (CIE), and a past member of the CIE's technical committee on international daylight
and solar radiation measurements. He has authored over 70 papers and two books, on both
technical and environmental topics. His textbook Introduction to Radiometry and Photometry
was published by Artech House in 1994.
Dr. McCluney obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in physics from Rhodes College in Memphis and his
Master’s Degree in physics from the University of Tennessee. His research at the University of
Tennessee involved the diffraction of light by sound waves. From 1966 to 1967, he worked as a
development engineer for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, and developed a
holographic interferometer for testing large optical systems. He used this technique at the
University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida to develop a ten-pass holographic interferometer
for measuring very small changes in optical systems.
Dr. McCluney received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Miami in 1973. His
dissertation research was based on the scattering of light by marine organisms. He worked as a
research scientist in optical oceanography for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Maryland, from 1973 to 1976. Dr. McCluney’s work there focused on the remote
measurement of ocean color.
He has served as a consultant to Kenergy Corporation,
3M Company, Syracuse Research Institute, the Dade County Florida Department
of Parks and Recreation, Public Works Canada, Synertech Corporation, T. J. Bottom
Industries, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Verosol-USA, Office of Energy-Related
Inventions, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Holder Construction
Company (builder of the Team Disney Building and world’s largest sundial,
Lake Buena Vista, FL), BRW Architects, Queens University in Kingston, Ontario,
Canada, Kell, Munoz, Wigodsky Architects, San Antonio, Morrison Associates Sundials,
the U.S. Department of Justice, Cardinal Industries, and is currently technical
consultant to the National Fenestration Rating Council..