Luke DeMars Receives Synopsys 2022 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Award

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Congratulations to Luke DeMars, a Ph.D. student in optical science and engineering here at UNC Charlotte, who has recently been awarded the Synopsys 2022 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Award for his project titled, “Optical modeling of generalized mid-spatial-frequency surface errors.” As the Synopsys blog writes, DeMars “used CODE V to model and predict the performance of optical systems containing residual mid-spatial frequency (MSF) surface errors from sub-aperture manufacturing.” Like many of the department’s graduate students, DeMars collaborates with the Center for Freeform Optics, a cooperative research group that connects industry leaders with university researchers in optical systems.

As Synopsys writes, DeMars also thanked their organization for the award, “and for the educational license and technical support they have provided.” DeMars continued, “In addition, I would like to thank my advisor, Professor Thomas Suleski, and mentors from the Center for Freeform Optics for their guidance and support. MSF surface errors are a fascinating and important research area, and I hope that the tools that we have developed within CODE V continue to enable exploration and deeper understanding of this topic.”

Great job, Luke! We’re proud to have you as part of the Niner Community.