Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SEMINAR: 10.1.10 / CREOL 102 / 11-12pm / "OptomechanicalDesign for Laser and Optical Engineers: An Overview of CourseOSE6938N", Dr. Kasunic

Seminar: "Optomechanical Design for Laser and Optical Engineers: An Overview of Course OSE6938N"


Friday, October 01, 2010 / 11:00-12:00 PM

Keith J. Kasunic

Lockheed Martin M&FC


While the development of a new laser for lab use is an impressive feat, students with entrepreneurial or industrial ambitions must know how to transition that laser from the lab into a marketable product.

A key component of this transition is the ability to design a laser which is stable, manufacturable at moderate cost, small, lightweight, reliable, and can operate under a variety of environmental conditions such as shock, vibration, and changes in temperature.

In addition, the laser will often be part of an optical system, with which the laser must interface, and which must also meet its own requirements on performance, stability, manufacturability, etc.

Some of the skills required for this transition from the lab to the marketplace are categorized as “optomechanical design”. As an introduction to the CREOL course being offered for the first time in Spring 2011 (OSE6938N ST), this seminar will review the basic concepts and principles of this discipline.


Keith J. Kasunic has more than 20 years of industrial experience developing optical and laser systems. He spent the first 10 years of his career as an optomechanical engineer, before returning to graduate school for his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at the Univ. of Arizona. He has been employed by Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Sandia National Labs, Nortel Networks, and Bookham Technology. He is also the author of the textbook Optical Systems Engineering, to be published by McGraw-Hill in 2011.

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Dr. Glenn Boreman

Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, ECE & Physics



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