Lessons learned while (maybe) educating optomechanical engineers

Jonathan D. Ellis

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The discipline of optomechanical engineering has few dedicated courses and no complete programs at universities in the US. Yet, optomechanical engineering is a discipline that is vitally important to many sectors, including defense, aerospace, semiconductor, military, medical, and more. To truly turn optomechanical engineering into a complete discipline, educational programs must be established where the spine of the program is optomechanical engineering, rather than it simply existing as optional elective courses. This paper details the possible framework for such a program based on lessons learned from educating students at both the University of Rochester and the University of Arizona, which contain the two most prominent optics education programs in the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptomechanics and Optical Alignment
EditorsKeith B. Doyle, Jonathan D. Ellis, Jose M. Sasian, Richard N. Youngworth
ISBN (Electronic)9781510644700
StatePublished - 2021
EventOptomechanics and Optical Alignment 2021 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2021Aug 5 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceOptomechanics and Optical Alignment 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Academia
  • Continuing Education
  • Education
  • Electives
  • Higher Education
  • Optomechanical Engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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