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Course SC1278

Introduction to Freeform Optics: Design, Testing, and Applications

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
Level: Introductory
Member: $315.00
Non-member: $375.00
Student member: $180.00
This course explains basic principles of design, testing and applications of freeform optics. Examples are taken from recent publications on the topic. Anyone who wants to answer questions such as, "what are freeform optics and their benefits?”, "how do I design them?", and “should I even consider freeform optics?” will benefit from taking this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • define a freeform optic
  • identify various applications of freeform optics and advantages they can bring
  • discuss various approaches in designing freeform optics
  • recognize various manufacturing methods for freeform optics
  • discuss various component level tests of freeform optics
  • discuss potential issues with integration and alignment of systems with freeform optics


Scientists, engineers, technicians, or managers who wish to learn about Freeform Optics, and the possible applications toward their line of work. Undergraduate training in engineering or science is assumed.


Joseph M. Howard - NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph M. Howard has been designing reflective optical systems and testing them for space applications for over two decades, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He earned a Ph.D. in Optics at the University of Rochester, Rochester NY. Dr. Howard is a Fellow and lifetime member of SPIE.