The Center for Freeform Optics
An Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

Collaborative ‘back and forth’ drives progress on freeform optics

Nick Horvath, a PhD mechanical engineering student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is conducting the opto-mechanical design and  researching methods for a full system prototype of a freeform telescope being created by the Center for Freeform Optics. Here he holds a novel mirror mounting system to meet some of the challenging assembly tolerances of the freeform optical design. (Photo courtesy of University of North Carolina at Charlotte)


Aaron Bauer ’16 (PhD), a research scientist at the Center for Freeform Optics, reviews designs for a freeform telescope he is working on with Nick Horvath, a PhD student in mechanical engineering at the University of North Carolina. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)


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