About the Instructor
Richard Neil Youngworth, Ph.D. has well over a decade of experience spanning numerous facets of the optics field including optical metrology, design, manufacturing, and analysis. He has done research and specialized in producibility and tolerance analysis of optical components and systems. He has authored and delivered sundry papers, talks, and lectures on optical design and engineering. He currently teaches a short course for SPIE on “Cost-Conscious Tolerancing of Optical Systems”, and is an active SPIE program committee member and chair for conferences and society committees.Presentation Materials
His responsibilities at Light Capture, Inc. include lead optical design and analysis for internal work and customer programs as well as technical marketing and manufacturing support. Before going to Light Capture, Inc., Dr. Youngworth worked at the Eastman Kodak Company and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. At Kodak he successfully led the optics effort on a strategic photofinishing project, supported the optical engineering and manufacturing departments, consulted on display and digital cinema programs, and independently executed internal research and development on error budgeting and vibration effects in phase shifting interferometry for the Government Systems Division. At Ball Aerospace, he was a key engineer in the development of a 1.5m-class Vertical Collimator Assembly, optics lead for the company strategic sourcing effort, the optics and detector internship coordinator, an optics lead for design, analysis and procurement for the James Webb Space Telescope optical simulator, and was an optical analyst and contributor on a number of other Ball Aerospace programs.
He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his Ph.D. in optics at the University of Rochester by researching tolerance analysis of optical systems.
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