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).

Prof. Yuzuru Takashima

Yuzuru Takashima is an Associate Professor at College of Optical Sciences of University of Arizona and has been on the faculty since 2011. He teaches one of the core courses: Lens Design for undergraduates and Optical Design for Multi-scale Photonic System for graduate students. Prior to joining to the University of Arizona, he was employed as a research staff by Stanford University where he has been actively involved in the field of novel optical system design and engineering, particularly for high density page-based and bit-based holographic data storage systems and Nano-photonic electron beam generators. He was employed as an optical engineer at Toshiba Corporation in Japan where he conducted research and development of ultra-precision manufacturing of optical components and products. He received B.S. in Physics from Kyoto University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He holds 6 US and Japanese patents.

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.

Prof. Young Sik Kim


Dr. Chunyu Zhao

Dr. Zhao has over fifteen years’ experience in optical engineering, particularly in the design, analysis and building of optical testing systems. He authored the software package, CGHEncoder, that converts the CGH design data to fabrication data. He also authored another software package, ZBR, for stitching sub-aperture measurement maps of a surface or wavefront into a full aperture map.

Mr. Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson is a second-year Ph.D. student at the College of Optical Sciences. He is interested in designing, fabricating and testing diffractive structures and CGH’s through Maskless Lithography on non-planar and freeform optical surfaces for a variety of optical testing, alignment and correction applications.

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.