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Optical Instrument Design

Certificate Program Online


An increasing amount of today’s consumer, industrial and business products incorporate optomechanical systems. These are essential to virtually every industry including defense, medical, clean energy, nanotechnology, automotive, electronics, communications, entertainment, computers, and consumer products. The Optical Instrument Design Certificate Program builds on optical systems engineering skills gained in the Optical Engineering Program and address the growing demand for skilled professionals who can conceptualize, design, and manufacture these optical and optomechanical components, systems, and instruments.

Who Should Enroll

The Optical Instrument Design Program provides advanced study options for experienced optical engineering professionals allowing them to address a wider range of optical and optomechanical design issues. The elective courses provide an opportunity for students to develop specialized skills related to their professional needs or personal interests.

Program Benefits

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

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

Radiometry Case Study: A Top-Level Systems Design Strategy
Free Event: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design: Education Planning Session
Recorded 12/8/15
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Radiometry Case Study: A Top-Level Systems Design Strategy
Recorded 2/26/15
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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 prerequisite courses may count one as an elective course.

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

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. 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 a certificate 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
  • Valentina Doushkina, M.Sc., Director of Engineering, N2 Imaging
  • Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Mark Gallagher, Ph.D., J.D, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
  • Keith J. Kasunic, Ph.D., Technical Director, Optical Systems Group LLC
  • G.P. Li, Ph.D., Professor, School of Engineering; Director, California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology, University of California, Irvine
  • Brian Monacelli, Ph.D., Optical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Photonics Instructor, Irvine Valley College
  • T. Scott Rowe, Principal, Rowe Technical Design
  • Donn M. Silberman, M.S., Founding Director, Optics Institute of Southern California, Sr. Applications Engineer, PI (Physik Instrumente)
  • James D. Trolinger, Ph.D., Co-Founder, MetroLaser, Inc.
  • Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., Professor, College of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Director, Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine
  • Wytze van der Veer, Ph.D., Senior Director of Laser Engineering, Cutera Inc.