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Rogers awarded UK professorship

Philip Rogers, SPIE Fellow and well-known optical designer, is helping to anchor a new master's course as a visiting professor at Cranfield University in precision engineering, jointly with the OpTIC incubation and technology center in Wales. He will lecture on applied optical design, emphasizing basics, techniques, and applications as applied to modern optical manufacturing and ultra-precision engineering. The course modules are split between Cranfield and OpTIC, with an additional one at Cambridge University.

"It's great getting back into doing some lecturing," Rogers says. He has previously taught optical design in many settings, including the University of Bristol, the University of Rochester's Optical Design Summer School, and Imperial College, London. Rogers retired from full-time work as chief optical designer from Thales Optics (now Qioptiq Ltd.) in 2005, and formed his own consultancy, VNF Ltd. -- "I claim that it means 'Very Nearly Finished,' which is the usual answer to the question 'How's the optical design coming?'" Rogers quips.

Rogers holds 27 patents in optical design. He is a Fellow of SPIE and served for several years on the Society's Board of Directors and various committees.