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

2021 New Project Award Recipients.

Congratulations are in order to the recipients of the CeFO IAB 2021 New project Awards. This year’s diverse freeform selection will deepen industry knowledge critical to pilot leadership in freeform excellence.

Aaron Bauer (CEFO-29)  Aaron’s research interests stem from his doctoral work where he focused on applying freeform surfaces to optical designs in a practical and efficient manner. His current work includes utilizing freeform surfaces to improve the performance and packaging of optical systems and metasurfaces to enable both form and function. Aaron is also involved in more conventional optical system design for a variety of applications. He received the 2020 Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award from OSA.

Thomas Suleski (CEFO-30 )   Tom has research interest in micro-and nanoscale optics, freeform and conformal optics, optical microsystems, manufacturing, and near-field diffraction of periodic structures. He was at Digital Optics Corporation from 1996 until 2003, most recently as Manager of New Technology. While at Digital Optics, he worked with a wide range of military and commercial partners on the design, application, and manufacturing of micro-optical components and systems. He joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2003.

Scott Carney(CEFO-31)  Scott is primarily an applied theorist but will do experiments in a pinch. He considers himself a generalist but is lately focused on problems in computed imaging, spectroscopy, and coherence theory. His major career accomplishments include modeling of tip-sample interactions in near-field microscopy and the solution of related inverse problems, solution of the inverse problem for optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the subsequent invention of interferometric synthetic aperture microscopy (ISAM), and the recent development of synthetic optical holography (SOH). He has made contributions to spectroscopy and the correction of spectroscopic data to account for the effects of scattering and propagation. In addition to ongoing interest in all of these areas, he also maintains a focus on problems in nonlinear enhanced spectroscopy.