Roger Dorsinville is the son of Roger Dorsinville, Sr., a prominent Haitian historian and novelist. The name is widely recognized since generations of Haitians studied the nation’s history from his books. The younger Dorsinville grew up in Haiti until his father’s exile by the Duvalier regime sent the family to Dakar, Senegal. As a teen, he discovered his passion for engineering. He finished his high school studies in Senegal before moving to Russia, where he attended Lomonossov Moscow State University and received a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in 1972 and a PhD in Laser Physics in 1976.
From Russia, Dr. Dorsinville made his way to Canada. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Laval University, before returning to Senegal for two years to become an assistant professor. In 1980, Dr. Dorsinville started working at the City College of New York. He rose from being a researcher at the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers to becoming part of the faculty as an assistant professor. For two years between 2001 and 2002, Dr. Dorsinville went on a sabbatical leave and worked as a Senior Engineer for a small start-up. In 2003, Dr. Dorsinville returned to the City College of New York, where he was promoted to the chair of the electrical engineering department and the co-chair of the computer engineering department. This is a notable achievement for holding two significant titles at a university which boasts a nationally ranked engineering school. His present positions provide Dr. Dorsinville with a unique opportunity to engage in scientific research as well as to work with bright young scholars.
Dr. Dorsinville is a dedicated member of the Association of Haitian and American Engineers who is determined to continue the concerted efforts that ADIHA makes to promote engineering and engineering education. Dr. Dorsinville has made conscientious efforts to fulfill ADIHA’s mission in his many interactions with the impressionable young people he mentors. He advises and encourages students who consider entering the engineering field to challenge themselves in their educational pursuits by advocating a strong work ethic and the acquisition of a solid educational foundation for a career that promises personal reward and fulfillment. This is reflected in his advice to students to “take as many advanced science and math classes offered by your high school that you can. Engineering is fun, but you need a solid background to make it.” He has also successfully mentored ten doctoral candidates and several masters students, most of them from underrepresented groups.
Dr. Dorsinville’s research interests include fiber optics communications, nanotechnology and photonic devices and systems. He has published over 145 peer reviewed scientific papers and holds three patents.
A diligent man with a driving passion to succeed in his chosen career and make a difference in the lives of those he touches, his many accomplishments continue to serve as a stellar example to many in the fields of academia and engineering.