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27 June 2021 – 01 July 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight/Summer Time (UTC - 04:00)
19 June 2021

This OSA Meeting will be presented as scheduled in a virtual, web-conference format. The program schedule will be revised to accommodate and encourage live participation from a worldwide audience.

Participants will have the option of viewing sessions live or streaming recorded sessions on demand. Presenters can present live during a session or submit a pre-recorded video. [Learn more.]

International Optical Design Conference

Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University


The International Optical Design Conference (IODC) occurs every 4 years and provides the opportunity for attendees from around the world to interact in a structured and yet informal format.

The IODC will cover a wide range of applications and developments throughout the industry, and the conference is co-located with three other timely topical meetings: Flat Optics: Components to Systems, Optical Fabrication and Testing, and Freeform Optics.

During the past few years, many areas of optical design have seen rapid development driven by a combination of increased demands on system performance, significant advances in both computing power and design software, and by new manufacturing technologies that offer entirely new engineering options. With such an increase of activity occurring throughout the optics industry, it becomes imperative for designers, engineers, and scientists to keep up to date with the latest state of the art.

Design problems for lens design and illumination design have been presented in advance of the meeting so that contributed solutions can be compiled and presented at IODC. Details of the IODC 2021 Design Challenge can be found on

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Committee Members

  • Peter Clark, Retired, United StatesChair
  • Richard Pfisterer, Photon Engineering LLC, United StatesChair
  • Henning Rehn, FISBA, SwitzerlandChair
  • Simon Thibault, Université Laval, CanadaChair
  • Dave Aikens, Savvy Optics Corp, United States
  • Miguel Alonso, Aix-Marseille Université, France
  • Aaron Bauer, University of Rochester, United States
  • Julie Bentley, University of Rochester, United States
  • Peter Brick, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH, Germany
  • Thomas Brown, University of Rochester, United States
  • Scott Cahall, Moondog Optics, Inc., United States
  • William Cassarly, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • Josh Cobb, Corning Tropel Corporation, United States
  • Jasmin Cote, Side by Side Optics, Canada
  • Christopher Dainty, FotoNation, Ireland
  • J. Rufino Diaz-Uribe, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Kai Engelhardt, OPTI-KEN/ams, Germany
  • Alexander Epple, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • Stephen Fantone, Optikos Corporation, United States
  • Gregory Forbes, Scisense Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Florian Fournier, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • Edward Freniere, Lambda Research Corporation, United States
  • Kyle Fuerschbach, Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, United States
  • Groot Gregory, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • John Greivenkamp, University of Arizona, United States
  • Herbert Gross, University of Jena, Germany
  • Anurag Gupta, Google LLC, United States
  • Michael Hayford, , United States
  • Lakshminarayan Hazra, University of Calcutta, India
  • Alois Herkommer, TTI GmbH University Stuttgart, Germany
  • Eric Herman, Zygo Corporation, United States
  • Joseph Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
  • Boyd Hunter, Corning Inc, United States
  • Richard Juergens, Cimarron Optical Consulting, Inc, United States
  • Norbert Kerwien, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • John Koshel, University of Arizona, United States
  • Jay Kumler, JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC, United States
  • Scott Lerner, Novel Optics Group, Switzerland
  • Paul Manhart, Mission Support and Test Services LLC, United States
  • Benjamin Masella, Optikos Corporation, United States
  • James McGuire, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
  • Paul Michaloski, Corning Advanced Optics, United States
  • Michael Missig, Kollsman Inc, United States
  • Pantazis Mouroulis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
  • Iain Neil, Scotoptix, Switzerland
  • Thomas Nobis, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • Matthew Novak, Synopsys, Inc. - Optical Solutions Group, United States
  • Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, United States
  • Martha Rosete-Aguilar, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Mark Sanson, Corning Tropel Corporation, United States
  • Jose Sasian, University of Arizona, United States
  • Vesselin Shaoulov, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Daniel Smith, Nikon Research Corporation of America, United States
  • Harvey Spencer, DRS Technologies, Inc, United States
  • Bryan Stone, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • Andreas Timinger, Lumileds Germany GmbH, Germany
  • Kristina Uhlendorf, Magic Leap Inc, Germany
  • Sergio Vazquez-Montiel, Universidad Politécnica de Tulancingo, Mexico
  • Anthony Visconti, Optikos Corporation, United States
  • Yongtian Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  • Akira Yabe, Akira Yabe Lens Design, Japan
  • Takanori Yamanashi, Theta Optical LLC, United States
  • Richard Youngworth, Riyo LLC, United States


Peter Clark

Retired, United States

Richard Pfisterer

Photon Engineering LLC, United States

Henning Rehn

FISBA, Switzerland

Simon Thibault

Université Laval, Canada