Mark D. Fairchild

Professor of Color Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Fairchild has been a faculty member in the Program of Color Science / Munsell Color Science Laboratory since 1986 and achieved the rank of Professor in 1999. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Imaging Science from R.I.T. and Ph.D. in Vision Science from the University of Rochester. He also serves as the Director of the Ph.D. Program of Color Science and Munsell Color Science Laboratory, roles he held from 1996-2007 and 2013-present. He is author or co-author of over 300 technical publications in color and imaging sciences and the books, Color Appearance Models, 3rd Ed. (2013), which serves as a reference to the fundamentals of color appearance and the formulation of specific models and the Handbook of Color Psychology (2015) as well as 3 websites related to color and science education. He has received 8 best-paper awards from various conferences. He has supervised the graduate research of 59 M.S. or Ph.D. students. Mark has been actively involved in externally-sponsored research at RIT for over 30 years, working with both corporate and government sponsors. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in imaging and color science. His current research interests include studies of individual differences in color perception, system and visual performance for high-dynamic-range, wide-color-gamut, displays along with the measurement and modeling of color appearance in wine.


  • –present
    Professor of Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology