Zygo Corporation’s Precision Optical Metrology Team Receives 2013 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excelle

Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Zygo Corporation’s Precision Optical Metrology Team Receives 2013 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award

Zygo staffLeft to right: Udo Waigand, Robert Sachs, Herbert Grois, Frank Stanzel. Not pictured: John Ableitner Credit: Peter Kuschnir
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 , 2013 —The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that the Automotive Precision Optical Metrology Team from Zygo Corporation is the winner of the 2013 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award.  The team is recognized for more than a decade of outstanding engineering work in developing custom optical metrology solutions for the automotive industry, enabling ever-higher precision engineering tolerances for improved emissions, reliability, and fuel efficiency. Comprised of members Frank Stanzel, Johann Ableitner, Herbert Grois, Robert Sachs, and Udo Waigand, the team will accept the award during the plenary session at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), taking place Oct. 6-11, in Orlando, Fla.
“Zygo’s Automotive Precision Optical Metrology Team epitomizes Paul Forman’s belief in the spirit of collaboration and goodwill in optical engineering,” said OSA President Donna Strickland. “Their work has had a significant impact not only in the optics field, but also in the automotive field, making today’s cars more environmentally friendly and reliable. OSA is honored to recognize the Zygo team for their commitment to reducing emissions, and we wish them continued success.”
The Automotive Precision Optical Metrology Team was started in 1998 by Frank Stanzel, application specialist for high pressure diesel components. John Ableitner, key account manager and specialist in optical measurement systems, joined the team in 2000 after extensive work as an optical measurement specialist for the German army and several private corporations. Senior applications specialist Herbert Grois is an expert in optical systems and manufacturing of high precision fixturings, and began working with the Zygo team in 2002. Robert Sachs joined the team in 2007 as an applicant specialist and R&D scientist, creating advanced automotive application and analysis software. Udo Waigand began his tenure with the group in 2006 as an applications specialist and expert in high precision fixturings manufacturing.
The Engineering Excellence Award was established in 1989 and has since been bestowed on dozens of outstanding scientists and researchers in the field of optical engineering. Named in honor of Paul F. Forman, whose approach admirably exemplified team achievements, this award recognizes technical achievements such as product engineering, process and software development, and patent development, as well as contributions to society such as engineering education, publication and management, and furthering public appreciation of optical engineering.  For more information on the award or the nomination process, visit OSA’s Awards & Honors page.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A photo of the winning team is available to members of the media upon request. Contact Lyndsay Meyer at lmeyer@osa.org.

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