Christopher T. Middlebrook

Christopher Middlebrook


  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Physics
  • PhD, Optics, University of Central Florida
  • MS, Applied Optics, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Christopher T. Middlebrook, is a Professor of Electrical and Computer engineering at Michigan Tech. University. Dr. Middlebrook research and teaching focus is within integrated optical devices and electronic substrate manufacturing and design. He has published 49 scientific papers and holds one patent. Dr. Middlebrook is a senior member of SPIE and OPTICA. He served as a visiting faculty appointment from 2016–2020 with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane where he has been engaged in active research within multiple research and engineering teams. He currently holds a visiting faculty research engineer position in the advanced technology team at Scientific Applications International Corporation in support of the DoD Executive Agent for Printed Circuits.

His work has been recognized by invited speaker engagements across the nation as well as internationally. He created the Plexus Innovation Laboratory which serves as an electronics maker space for students and researchers on campus. Dr. Middlebrook teaching contributions have been recognized by numerous awards. He has won the HKN Outstanding Electrical and Computer Professor of the Year Award two years (2019/2020 and 2010/2011). Additionally, he was also The Michigan Tech Graduate Faculty Mentor Award winner (2010/2011) and has been awarded the Dean’s Teaching Showcase (2021/2022). Finally, he is the recipient of the IPC Michael V. Carano Teacher Excellence Award Recipient for 2020 and the Gentec-EO Laser Lab Award.

Media Contributions

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter Three—First-year Recap of the PCB Fabrication Course at MTU
(June 5, 2020). Magazine, iconnect007.

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter Seven—Coping With COVID-19
(April 21, 2020). Magazine, iconnect007.

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter Six—Spreading the Word
(February 26, 2020). Magazine,

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter Five—2020 Reprise of MTU PCB Course
(December 11, 2019). Magazine, iconnect007.

Tech observatory used to study meteors
(November 7, 2019). TV, abc10.

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter Four—Next Steps for Developing the Future Workforce
(August 12, 2019). Magazine, iconnect007.

Printed Circuit Fabrication Classes at Michigan Tech
(May 28, 2019). Internet, OnTrack with Judy Warner Alitum Podcast.

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter Two—Introduction to PCB Fabrication
(May 1, 2019). Magazine, iconnect007.

Better to Light a Candle: Chapter One—Prepping the Next Generation
(January 8, 2019). Magazine, iconnect007.

Exploring the mysterious Paulding Light
(July 21, 2014). TV, ABC10.

Areas of Interest

  • Integrated optical devices
  • Electronic substrate manufacturing and design