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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7:30am – 8:45am

Welcome Breakfast


8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome and Introduction
Conard Holton, Editor in Chief, Laser Focus World
Tom Battley, Executive Director, NY Photonics


9:00am – 9:30am

Keynote: The future and promise of metasurface flat optics
Federico Capasso, PhD, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Metasurfaces enable the redesign of optical components into thin, planar, and multifunctional elements, promising a major reduction in footprint and system complexity as well as the introduction of new optical functions. The planarity of flat optics will lead to the unification of semiconductor manufacturing and lens-making, where the planar technology to manufacture computer chips will be adapted to make CMOS compatible metasurface-based optical components, ranging from metalenses to novel polarization optics, areas with the greatest technological and scientific impact.


9:30am – 10:00am

Illumination optics: Technical issues, design challenges, new opportunities
Groot Gregory, Technical Marketing Director, Optical Solutions Group, Synopsys


10:00am – 10:30am



10:30am – 10:55am

Metrology for freeform optics
Todd Blalock, R&D Engineer, Optimax


10:55am – 11:20am

Challenges for fused silica from UV to NIR
Todd Jaeger, PhD, Global Sales Director, Heraeus Quartz Commercial Optics


11:20am – 11:40am

Computer-aided manufacturing for complex freeform optics
Frank Wolfs, Algorithm Engineer, OptiPro Systems


11:40am – 12:00pm

Nanomechanics in optical manufacturing 
John Lambropoulos PhD, University of Rochester


12:00pm – 1:00pm



1:00pm – 1:30pm

The challenges (and some solutions) in optics for AR/VR/MR


1:30pm – 2:00pm

What’s coming in optics for virtual reality


2:00pm – 2:30pm

Design challenges for freeform optics


2:30pm – 3:00pm



3:00pm – 3:30pm

Keynote: Optics manufacturing for national security


3:50pm – 5:00pm

Content Sprint
Content Sprint sessions are designed to give you the information you need to accommodate technology developments and business trends. Each Content Sprint will contain 3-4 topics. Presentations are short in duration, but take deep dives on specific technologies.

3 - 20 minute sessions - Topics to Include: 

  • Optical Design considerations for high-throughput imaging instruments
  • Advanced coating technologies
  • Trends in high-volume optics
  • Laser optics
  • Ophthalmic optics


5:00pm – 6:30pm




Conference Focus

Trending Topics in Optics

The Optical Engineering Design conference will discuss emerging and growing topics in precision optics. Speakers and panelists will address topics including freeform optics, meta-optics, digital optics, infrared and ultraviolet optics, novel materials, next-generation fabrication and metrology technologies, and design software—all aimed at applications in manufacturing, life sciences, aerospace/defense, and consumer markets. Check back soon or sign-up for our mailing list for conference updates.


Who Should Attend?

Engineering Leadership

Optical engineering professionals--including engineers, designers, business development managers, and academics--who need to know about the pressing current and future issues and opportunities.

*Agenda subject to change