Workshops

The College of Optical Sciences provides comprehensive curricula for students that cover the fundamentals of optical science and applications in the fields of imaging, photonics and engineering. In an effort to fill the gap between scientific understanding and practical skill sets, the College of Optical Sciences has developed an ongoing series of workshops, geared toward developing hands-on experience for both optical engineering students and those already in the workforce. These workshops utilize the full breadth of UA resources and faculty expertise, to offer both students and employees a unique and hands-on experience which serves as both a professional development and networking opportunity in one setting.

Workshop Groups

Workshop Symposium

The Workshop Symposium

Bringing together our most popular workshops during an intensive, 10-day symposium. For more details on the specific workshops offered, see "Workshops" below or visit the official workshop symposium website.

Visit the offical Workshop Symposium website

Optics and Photonics Winter School & Workshop

Optical Science and Engineering are areas of growing importance that are too often missing from traditional undergraduate science and engineering curricula. Often, aspects of optics & photonics are picked up as side topics in undergraduate and graduate courses along the way to obtaining more traditional STEM degrees. The Winter School brings together a select group of undergraduate students for an overview of foundational topics in optics and their relation to current research. The Workshop provides a forum for both faculty and students from predominantly undergraduate institutions to share results, approaches and methodologies in optics and photonics research and education that are unique to the undergraduate setting.

Individual Workshops

The workshops below may be offered various times during any given year, depending on available resources and industry demand.

Adaptive Optics

This three-day short course is designed for the scientist, engineer, manager or technician interested in learning optical principles of adaptive optics systems in astronomy, microscopy and optomologic imaging. A strong undergraduate-level mathematical background and a basic knowledge of optics are helpful.

Computer Generated Holography and Diffractive Optical Elements

The course is geared towards scientists, engineers, managers, and researchers interested in exploring fundamentals of Computer Generated Holography, Diffractive Optical Elements, LCOS arrays and Maskless Grayscale Lithography who want to gain hands-on, working knowledge in this field. A strong undergraduate-level mathematical background and a basic knowledge of optics are helpful.

Optics of Imaging in Lithography

This short course is designed for the scientist, engineer, manager or technician interested in learning optical principles of projection lithography systems. A strong undergraduate-level mathematical background and a basic knowledge of optics are helpful.

Practical Optics Workshops

The mission of the Practical Optics Workshop series is to fill the gap between scientific understanding of optics principles and practical implementation. Many tasks, such as safe handling of optical components or working with commercial interferometers are used daily in optical science and engineering tasks, but are seldom covered in academic classes taught at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. This series of workshops is focused on developing hands-on skills for both optical engineering students and those already in the workforce.