Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition 2021

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

    The Synopsys annual student optical design competition is here! Wyant College students are invited to enter an optical design or research project they worked on during the 2020-2021 school year. This could be a class assignment or thesis work they worked on using CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, RSoft Photonic Device Tools, Photonic System Tools, or the PIC Design Suite. Entries are due June 15, 2021. Awards totaling $10,000 will be granted. Visit the Synopsys website to learn how you can enter your project today. 

    Important Tips: Be sure to read the competition rules. Please note that we require all submissions to honor the 10-page limit. 

    Read our blog for tips and to learn more about last year’s winners from Wyant College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona, University of Rochester, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

    Wyant College of Optical Sciences Winner from 2020

    Jieun Ryu, University of Arizona

    Jieun Ryu is a Ph.D. candidate in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Ryu received an award for her project titled, “Three Mirror, Four Reflection Anastigmatic Imaging System.” She used CODE V to design a novel, compact imaging system that illustrated methods to make manufacturable aspheric surfaces with minimal aspheric departure.

    “I am very honored to receive this award,” said Ryu. “It was an invaluable experience that allowed me to deepen and hone my lens design skills. I would like to thank Synopsys for all they do to help students learn about lens design.”



    About the Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition

    The annual Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition recognizes excellence in student optical design projects. The competition was established in 2000 by Optical Research Associates (ORA®), now Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group, and in 2009 was named in honor of ORA’s former president and chief executive officer, Robert S. Hilbert. To participate, students in North America can enter an optical design class assignment or thesis work that uses Synopsys’ optical design software. For more information, visit

    For more information about Synopsys Optical Solutions university and other educational programs, visit