The Institute of Optics / Optical Engineering (OPT/OPE)

The Institute of Optics provides a two-semester sequence for students pursing either a degree in Optics or Optical Engineering. During the Fall semester students learn the processes to undertake both a research project or a product development project. They also review system design material relevant to either a basic science project or a technology development project. Potential customers and thesis advisors present potential projects to the students. Students then make a choice whether they will complete the Optics major by individually developing a senior thesis or complete an Optical Engineering major by working on project team. Optical Engineering students rank their choices of the available projects. Students interested in completed the Optics degree select a thesis advisor.

During the Spring semester the Optics students complete their thesis research under the supervision of their advisor while periodically updating the course instructor on their progress. The Optical Engineering teams meet with their customers, course instructor and faculty advisors throughout the semester as they complete product requirement and design documents perform design reviews and complete they projects. As required by their project and approach, they do detailed design, perform prototype tests, write code and refine their design with the goal of providing a detailed report and prototype (if required) to the customer at the end of the semester. Optical Engineering students typically are required to participate in Design Day. Participation of Optics students is highly encouraged.

Contact Information:

Professor Wayne Knox

OPT/OPE Design Projects

  • AGR – A Hyperspectral System with Spatial Resolution
    Team Mentor Professor Greg Schmidt Abstract Advanced Growing Resources (AGR), is pioneering targeting systems that send mass pesticide blanketing towards obsolescence. The targeting system that was designed during this project is meant to quickly and precisely determine crop health by analyzing the reflected spectrum from plants at spatial and spectral resolutions far superior than what… Read more: AGR – A Hyperspectral System with Spatial Resolution
  • ASML Broadband Single-mode Fiber Coupler
    DCORE4 Team Mentors Govind P. Agrawal, Julie Bentley, Jacob Roccabruno Abstract The optical senior design class at the University of Rochester strives to tackle engineering problems through engineering processes and design. The ASML fiber team was tasked with designing a broadband fiber coupler. The Broad Wavelength Range Single Mode Fiber Coupling Optic project aims to… Read more: ASML Broadband Single-mode Fiber Coupler
  • ASML Computational Imaging to Compensate Optical Aberrations
    The purpose of this project is to create a computational algorithm capable of taking an aberrated image and correct it to a sharp high contrast image. We used optical design software (CODE V and Zemax) to simulate images with different spatial frequencies and aberrations to base our algorithm on. Background We are working with incoherent… Read more: ASML Computational Imaging to Compensate Optical Aberrations
  • CubeSat
    Team Customer Dr. Daniel Brooks – Optimax Systems Inc. Mentor Dr. Aaron Bauer – Institute of Optics Abstract The goal of this design project was to demonstrate the capabilities of freeform optics in a telescope design suitable for a cube satellite. The desired product is a freeform telescope objective imaging into a spectrometer. The system… Read more: CubeSat
  • iTEST
    Team Mentor Brandon Zimmerman Abstract The Clear Eye Exam allows for users to take an eye exam from their home and obtain an eye prescription. This lets people have an eye doctor’s appointment without the hassle of traveling and booking an appointment. Our team worked on adding to what this package can offer by setting… Read more: iTEST
  • META360 – Hybrid Refractive-Metalens Design
    The META360 project seeks to enhance the current Circle Optics 360º field-of-view stitch-free camera system using novel meta-optics technology. Using Synopsys’ new MetaOptic Designer software, we explore the use of meta-optics in a hybrid lens design.
  • Myopia Control with Optical Design
    This senior design-driven project creates accurate Zemax ray-tracing models of the human eye to evaluate diffractive-refractive hybrid contact lenses for correcting wavefront error and chromatic aberration. The eventual goal is to apply the technology to school-aged children to prevent the progression of myopia development.
  • Nighthawk Solutions DIY Telescope Kit for Kids; Inspiration for Science and Technology
    Mission Statement The goal of our project is to create a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) telescope that provides an engaging and educational experience for kids. The telescope will come fully disassembled, empowering kids by giving them the opportunity to put it together and align it themselves. The telescope has been design with a strong emphasis on modularity… Read more: Nighthawk Solutions DIY Telescope Kit for Kids; Inspiration for Science and Technology
    Optical Design of a Compact Projector Lens for a Portable Display Project Vision The desired product is a portable display consisting of a collapsible screen and a compact projector with a very short focal length. The project goal is to reduce the focal length of the current projector design by half while maintaining all other… Read more: SPLAY

Optics Thesis Projects

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