INTRODUCTION TO OPTICAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING excellent introduction to the rapidly growing field of Optics and the engineering foundations of Optical Systems Design ...

This engineering course explores optical systems across the ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectra, and emphasizes the derivation of first order performance parameters and their allocation down through the system. While commonly only a ‘top-down ’ approach for requirements flow is emphasized, this course addresses both ‘top-down ’ and ‘bottoms-up ’ approaches, with the objective of simplifying the seemingly endless set of choices facing designers and system scientists, often preventing efficient program execution. Building on basic principles of optical design, numerous practical examples are studied to illustrate the system-engineering processes of requirements analysis, feasibility and trade studies, subsystem interfaces, error budgets, requirements flow-down and allocation, as well as component specification.

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This short course presents both a sound introduction and excellent review of optical, E/O and IR systems engineering, bringing those with a general technical background up to speed with a functional understanding of this discipline. Those currently working in the field will find this a comprehensive review of the technology. The course is ideally suited for managers, engineers and technicians who either work with or consider optically based systems and systems engineering in their applications. Although there is no prerequisite for this course, a general college math & science background would be helpful.

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The IR Handbook, by Wolfe and Zissis

About the Instructor

Dr. Joseph T. Siewick is the Chief Scientist of the TEOS Business Sector of Alion Science and Technology Corporation, specializing in sensors, sensing and associated signals processing. He is the key person authority for stand-off sensors on Alion's DTRA C-WMD Contract.

Dr. Siewick's 30-year career in electro-optic systems supporting NRL, ARL, SDIO, BMDO, DTRA and the US Army ’s NVESD includes many noteworthy assignments and achievements. His breadth of EO experience includes devising, building and testing novel EO-reliant components, physically-secure fiber-optic systems, a Smart Bullet for ship self-defense for Dahlgren, image processing filters for space-based surveillance, and trace chemical and micro-contamination sensing instruments. His innovations include: an improved sapphire (extending the deep-endoatmospheric performance-envelope for missile IR seeker radome applications); designing a 3-D matched velocity filter for space-based sensing of unresolved moving targets against high clutter, and developing an E/O-reliant Magnetic Effects Sensor (effective in detecting IEDs and small, low-metal-content landmines). He has also been involved in a several Tempest innovations.

Dr. Siewick's academic career was primarily focused on laser and E/O. He defended his thesis and received his doctorate in Chemical-Physics (Physics Department) from the University of Maryland where he taught optics and quantum electronics classes and managed one of the laser and E/O research laboratories in the Electrical Engineering Department.


Course: ROO-472 Duration: 3 Days FEE: $1,499 CEUs: 2.16

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