First year Optics PhD student Martin Tangari and Optics MS student Yanqi Zhang have recently joined the Precision Instrumentation Group. Both students will be working on research related to freeform optics metrology on projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Freeform Optics. Welcome to the group and much success for your research!
Several students in the Precision Instrumentation Group have graduated as part of the class of 2017! PhD students Steven Gillmer and Xiangzhi Yu, both in mechanical engineering, were formally hooded. Fenghe Zhong received his MS in Optics. Undergraduates Elizabeth Fox (MechE), Klemens Gowin (Optics), Bill Green (MechE), and Kami Tinkham (Optics) completed their BS degrees. Bill was also awarded the Newton Prize recognizing his contributions to published research during his undergraduate studies. Elizabeth was name MechE Senior of the Year. Congratulations to all!
Professor Ellis was recently award tenure and is now an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, Professor Ellis and his former advisor ir. Jo Spronck at TU Delft were recently awarded a patent Dual beam splitter interferometer measuring 3 degrees of freedom, system and method of use. This patent, US9518816B2, was awarded on December 13, 2016 with a priority date of December 1, 2011.
Dr. Tieli Zhang‘s stint at the University of Rochester as a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has ended. We wish Dr. Zhang all the best in the future!
Also, we welcome UR MechE Alumnus Tim Lynch into the group as a MS Student working on Freeform Optics Metrology. Welcome, Tim!