Training of optomechanical engineers at the University of Rochester

Victor Genberg, Jonathan D. Ellis

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The University of Rochester is well known for the Institute of Optics as well as a strong Mechanical Engineering program. In recent years, there has been collaboration between the two departments on a variety of topics, including a new joint faculty position. There are new cross-listed courses in Optomechanics and Precision Engineering (Spring 2012), which are described in this paper. As yet, there is no formal specialization in Optomechanics, but many students create their own program from available courses combining optics and mechanics with other disciplines. Students have the opportunity to participate in the several research areas which cross discipline boundaries. For example, a student design team is building a 16" telescope which they hope can become the basis of an intercollegiate design contest. In addition to full semester courses, there is a summer program of short courses available to working engineers as both refresher courses or as introductory courses on new topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptomechanics 2011
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations and Solutions
StatePublished - 2011
EventOptomechanics 2011: Innovations and Solutions - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2011Aug 25 2011

Publication series

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


OtherOptomechanics 2011: Innovations and Solutions
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Optomechanics
  • Training

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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