UC Irvine Extension

Valentina is the Lead Instructor teaching “Optical Engineering” and “Optical Instrument Design” Certificate Programs offered through UC Irvine Extension

This is a series of courses leading to Certificates in Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design. The First course Lens Design I is offered in September, and in March. The second course, Lens Design II, is offered in January and May. These are followed by Intro  and Adv. Optical Systems Design I and II and then Intro and Adv. Optomechanical Systems Designs in September and January.

This program accommodates students in class room  and on-line through WebEx. The program attracts student from different states  and time zones.

The International Society for Optics and Photonics

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light;SPIE annually  organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe,  Asia, and the South Pacific.

SC983: “Integration of Optical and Mechanical Design”, 1 day course offered through SPIE.

It is rare to find a candidate skilled in both optical and optomechanical engineering, which is a growing demand of employers,  especially those in small companies and start-ups. This course provides an introduction to an integrated end-to-end approach to the design and engineering of an optical system. It explains the basic principles of starting a design with a theoretical concept and taking the project through the optical system design and  analysis, opto-mechanical design, assembly, alignment and packaging. A goal of the course is to introduce the students to the skills necessary to fill the gap between optical and mechanical engineering. It is accomplished by training students how to integrate the optical and mechanical designs on system level. This course is about the manufacturability of the design, which can be described as having the built and assembled system perform as closely as possible to the modeled system. The students will learn the basic ideas of how to integrate the concept of tolerancing of optical and mechanical components into one complete integrated system and how to wrap the optomechanics around the optical components by exporting the optical model into the mechanical design software and performing top level assembly design.