Jessica Ellis, M.S.


Ms. Ellis holds a Master of Science degree in Optical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. She will contribute to product design in the areas of project management, regulatory management, simulation and analysis, validation and materials selection. While at Valeo, she gained experience in the optical field designing optical systems for exterior automotive lighting through the full product development cycle.

Additionally, she worked at the Center for Applied Optics Studies in the Ultrashort Pulse Laser Laboratory where she performed complex research within a newly developing field to advance the understanding of Ultrashort pulse laser and material interactions. After 2 years, she became a Material Effects Team Supervisor where she oversaw the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Ultrashort pulse laser and lab, with the additional responsibility of designing and engineering apparatuses for lab-related projects.

Because of her background in both optics and mechanics, she will assist the forensic team with accident reconstruction and analysis of incidents occurring in circumstances of reduced visibility. Automotive applications include cars, trucks, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and watercraft. She will perform visibility and conspicuity analysis, which will focus on aspects of human vision, scene content, sources of natural and artificial illumination, and visual contrast that are applicable to detection and identification of hazards. Other applications include interior and exterior lighting assessment in areas such as parking lots, darkened restaurants, lounges, stairwells and railroad yards.

Ms. Ellis is an affiliate of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where she currently serves on the Lighting Committee.