Miguel A. Alonso received the degree of engineer in physics in 1990 from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and received the PhD degree in Optics in 1996 from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. In 2003, he joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics. He was first associate editor and then deputy editor for optics express from 2002 to 2013. He is now associate editor for Optica, chair of Spotlight on Optics, and a fellow of the Optical Society of America.
Professor Alonso's general research interest is in finding better ways to model the propagation of waves. In particular, he is interested in the connection between rays and waves, and how to build accurate estimates of wave fields propagating through arbitrary systems, based on ray information alone. Another aspect of his work relates to the theory of partial coherence, and the description of partially coherent wave fields in radiometric terms. Finally, he is also interested in generalizations of mathematical tools and concepts relevant to wave propagation, like integral transforms, phase space representations, and uncertainty relations.