Two PhD students, Kaitlin Wozniak (Optics) and Michael Echter ( Mechanical Engineering), have successfully defended their PhD proposals, outlining the scopes of their respective research to finalize their degrees. Kaitlin’s proposed work is on Properties and Safety of Femtosecond Photo-modification in Hydrogel and Cornea as part of the IRIS: Intra-tissue Refractive Index Shaping program at the University of Rochester. Mike’s work is on Composite Laminate Characterization and Piezoelectric Actuator Testing for the Design of a Precision, Adaptive, High-Strain Composite Hinge, working with the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Congratulations to both!
Xiangzhi Yu, Mechanical Engineering PhD student, has successfully defended his PhD work entitled Multi-Degree of Freedom Optical Metrology Techniques. Xiangzhi is the second student graduate with his PhD from the group. After graduation, Xiangzhi will head to FARO where he has accepted a position as a Senior Systems Engineer. Congratulations and good luck on the next step in your career!
Undergraduate student Bill Green from Mechanical Engineering recently presented his work on Gradient Index (GRIN) Metrology at the 31st Annual ASPE Meeting. His work, entitled Development of a Twyman-Green Interferometer Capable of Measuring the Thermal Properties of Optical Materials, was presented on behalf of co-authors James Corsetti, Greg Schmidt, Duncan Moore, and Jonathan Ellis. It is a pretty rare feat for an undergraduate student to be selected to present at a major international conference. Well done Bill!
Professor Ellis recently gave an invited talk at the Frontiers in Optics conference held in Rochester, NY this past October. The subject of his talk, IRIS – A new paradigm in laser refractive correction, was an overview of how femtosecond lasers and multi-photon absorption can induce meaningful refractive change in cornea and hydrogels. This work, with co-authors Gustavo Gandara, Dan Brooks, Kaitlin Wozniak, Sara Gearhart, Len Zheleznyak, Paul Funkenbusch, Wayne Knox, and Krystel Huxlin, is part of a larger research program centered on non-invasive vision correction.
In addition to that talk, Professor Ellis was not the only person in the family participating in OSA’s 100 year celebration. Julia Ellis, his daughter, was selected to hand out awards to the panel of seven Nobel Laureates.
Ethan Burnham-Fay, Xiangzhi Yu, Fenghe Zhong, and Allie Browar placed second in the 3rd Annual ASPE Student Competition held in Portland, Oregon in late October this fall. The group spent all night working on a laser scanning system using MechBlocks from MOTUS Mechanical.
Also, these four students, along with Chen Wang, Dan Brooks, Kaitlin Wozniak, and Bill Green were all recipients of NSF Grantee Scholarships to attend the ASPE Annual Meeting.
Xiangzhi Yu, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, will defend his dissertation work Wednesday, November 11 at 9:30 AM (today!!!). His PhD work is on Multi-Degree of Freedom Optical Metrology Techniques. We wish Xiangzhi well during his presentation and defense.
Mechanical Engineering MS student Mike Ricci successfully defended his MS Thesis. His work, Opto-Mechanical Design of a Three-Degree-of-Freedom Homodyne Interferometer for Freeform Optics Metrology, was part of research within the Center for Freeform Optics. His thesis, once finalized, will be available for viewing under the downloads section.
Mike is now off to Quartus Engineering to work on opto-mechanical design for the aerospace industry. Congratulations Mike and we wish you all the best!
Steve Gillmer successfully defended his PhD Thesis, Resolution and Functionality Enhancements in Optical Metrology, this past semester. Steve has worked hard over the past few years and has broadened his expertise to metrology, instrumentation, signal processing, and controls. Steve’s thesis can be accessed on the Downloads page. Steve is off to MIT Lincoln Laboratory and we wish him all the best.
Steven Gillmer, MechE PhD Student, will be defending his PhD work on Tuesday, April 26th at 10:00 AM. The defense will take place in Hopeman 224, in the MechE Conference Room.
Title: Resolution and Functionality Enhancements in Optical Metrology
Scientific experiments continue to push engineering limits beyond the nano-scale, driving the development of extremely high resolution measurement tools and calibrations as a result. The effective implementation of optical metrology and its associated instrumentation involves a multi-disciplinary approach. This thesis draws from mechanical, electrical, and optical engineering subject areas in order to implement the proposed resolution and functionality enhancements. The discussion will focus on three forms of optical metrology: optical displacement sensing, scatterometry, and interferometric weak measurements. The primary applications of the advancements in optical displacement sensing lie in the measurement and calibration of computer numerical control (CNC) equipment and coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). A novel scatterometry tool will be presented for critical-dimension metrology in the continued sustenance of Moore’s law. Finally, optical displacement sensing and scatterometry will find parallels through weak measurements. Both application areas have potential for vast performance improvements via the measurement of a weak value. A variety of novel concepts and experiments will be presented within these fields of research with the ultimate goal of their dissemination into the manufacturing and semiconductor industries.
Sam Butler successfully defended his MS Thesis, Development of Electronics and Signal Processing for a Displacement Measuring Interferometer Probe for Freeform Optics, on April 14th. Sam’s committee consisted of his advisor, Professor Paul Funkenbusch (MechE), and Professor Qiang Lin (ECE).
Sam has recently accepted a position as a System Engineer at Clerio Vision, Inc., a startup company spun off from the University of Rochester and the labs of Prof. Ellis, Knox, and Huxlin. We wish Sam congratulations and all the best in the future!