A list of instructors are available below. Please note this list is tentative and may change at any time.

Prof. Tom D. Milster

Prof. Tom D. Milster graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1981 and PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1987.  After working three years for IBM Corporation as an Optical Engineer, he rejoined the University of Arizona as a faculty member in 1989.  Prof. Milster teaches classes in Physical Optics and has active research programs in microscopy, lithography and data storage.  His specialty is in utilizing evanescent energy to perform high-resolution experiments.  He also has a strong engineering effort to develop gray-scale computer generated diffractive optical elements on curved surfaces.  His research thesis is to push the boundaries of optical science and engineering to produce the maximum amount of information from a given volume of space and time.  He has over 100 refereed publications and holds eleven patents.  He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

Dr. Jerome Ballesta

Jerome Ballesta was graduated in Optical instrumentation at the University Paris XI and Lycee Leonard De Vinci. He then followed a master program in Sales and Marketing at the Sup de V school in Saint Germain en Laye. After his graduation he has been developing Imagine Optic sales in France and Europe before to lead operations in the USA. He’s been involved in multiple product launching, various marketing operations and originally started the life sciences programs for the company. He’s one of the founders of Imagine Optic inc in the USA.

Prof. Olivier Guyon

Dr. Guyon develops and validates innovative techniques for detecting and characterizing Extrasolar planets. Dr Guyon’s research includes coronagraphy, wavefront sensing techniques for Adaptive Optics, and astrometry. Dr Guyon developed the Phase-Induced Amplitude Apodization (PIAA) coronagraph, a highly efficient optical device to mask light from a star while preserving light from planets around it.

Dr Guyon is currently leading the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) group at the Subaru Telescope to use these new techniques on the Subaru telescope for exoplanet detection and characterization. Dr Guyon also works for the University of Arizona, where he is developing high contrast imaging techniques for current and future ground and space-based telescopes.

Prof. Jim Schwiegerling

Jim Schwiegerling received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Rochester (Yes! The other school) in Optics in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Upon completion, he left the cold cloudy climes of upstate New York and headed for a sunnier (and much hotter) place: Tucson, Arizona. He completed his dissertation entitled “Visual Performance Prediction Using Schematic Eye Models” and received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1995. Since then, he has spent several years working as an Assistant Research Scientist, and as a Professor with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Arizona. In August of 2010, he became a Professor in the College of Optical Sciences.

Prof. Young Sik Kim


Dr. Johanan Codona

Dr. Codona’s research is in adaptive optics and high-contrast imaging. He has been developing the new technique of Phase Apodization Coronagraphy which suppresses a star’s halo with a single pupil optic without having to carefully track the star on a focal plane mask. His phase mask designs are currently being used in mid-infrared exoplanet searches at the MMT. Codona’s phase coronagraphs are also being proposed for first light high contrast instruments on the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), taking unique full advantage of its 7-segment pupil. Codona is also leading a project to use random starlight speckles and closed-loop AO WFS data to measure, correct, and suppress telescope image aberrations during high-contrast observations.

Prof. Daewook Kim

Dae Wook Kim is Assistant Professor at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. He graduated in Physics and Astronomy, Yonsei University, South Korea in 2003. He earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, USA in 2008 and 2009. He is currently a principal scientist for projects that develop and implement advanced technologies for building and testing large optical systems and astronomical telescope mirrors.

Mr. Phat Lu

Ph.D. in Optical Sciences – website

Mr. Akira Eguchi

Akira Eguchi is a Ph.D. student at The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. His research focuses on nonlinear properties of nano scale systems and their applications.

Mr. Wanglei Han

Ph.D. in Optical Sciences – website

Ms. Dolaphine Kwok

M.S. in Optical Sciences – website

Ms. Emily Finan

Emily Finan is in the Ph.D. program at the College of Optical Sciences. Her current research focuses on optical engineering including the development and testing of a novel microscope and interferometer system.

Mr. Weichuan Gao

Weichuan Gao is a Ph.D. student at the College of Optical Sciences, the University of Arizona. His research focuses on optical design and instrumentation development of optical microscopy.

Mr. Timmy Hefferan

Timothy Hefferan is a senior undergraduate at The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. His research focuses on maskless grayscale lithography for diffractive element fabrication.