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Optical Engineering

Certificate Program Online

An increasing amount of today’s consumer, industrial, and business products incorporate lenses and optical systems. These are essential to virtually every industry including: defense, medical, clean energy, nanotechnology, automotive, electronics, communications, entertainment, computers, and consumer products. The Optical Engineering Certificate Program addresses the growing demand for skilled professionals who can conceptualize, design, and manufacture optical components and systems.

Who Should Enroll

The Optical Engineering Program gives students the skills and experience needed to enter this growing field. The program will benefit entry and mid-level professionals who need to broaden their knowledge and improve their career options.

Program Benefits

  • Gain useful insights and practical skills for designing and engineering optical, components and systems
  • Explore the latest technologies in optical engineering including new optical materials and the latest cost effective manufacturing techniques
  • Develop skills with industry standard optical software tools
  • Discover innovative approaches for optical engineering and analysis
  • Learn through hands-on design courses which provide skills in manual design, computer simulation, and the art of creating optical components and systems
  • Understand and effectively communicate details of optical technical specifications to manufacturer’s and quality control personnel

On-site Training Available

Through Corporate Training, we can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization's specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design: Education Planning Session
Recorded 3/4/14
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Radiometry Rides to the Rescue in Optical System Characterization and Evaluation
Recorded 12/10/13
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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates should complete EECS X496.51 Geometrical Optics and EECS X496.52 Physical Optics or possess equivalent experience or education. Candidates that choose to take both courses may count one as an elective course.

A certificate is awarded upon the completion of 15 credit units (9 required and 6 electives credit units), with a grade of “B” or better.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing the certificate program are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

15% Discount
Register for a membership with the Optical Society of Southern California to receive 15% off required courses.

Advisory Committee

  • Ed Arriola, Chief Engineer, LightWorks Optics
  • Arnie Banzensky, Field Sales Manager, Schott Glass Technologies
  • Valentina Doushkina, M.Sc., Director of Engineering, N2 Imaging
  • Mark Gallagher, Ph.D., J.D, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
  • Joshua Jo, Ph.D., Senior Optical Engineer, Newport Corporation
  • Brian Monacelli, Ph.D., Senior Optical Research Scientist, tOSC; Photonics Instructor, Irvine Valley College
  • Forrest Reynard, CEO, Reynard Corporation, Advanced Optical Solutions
  • Donn M. Silberman, M.S. Founding Director, Optics Institute of Southern California; Sr. Applications Engineer, PI (Physik Instrumente)
  • Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., Professor, College of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Director, Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine
  • Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Chemistry
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