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The AFTC assists in the Air Force’s overall mission, defending the United States and protecting its interests through aerospace power, by ensuring current and future airmen have proven equipment and battle-ready weapons systems when operating in harm’s way. The AFTC is the Air Force Materiel Command center of excellence for research, development, and test and evaluation of aerospace systems for the United States and its allies. To support testing, the AFTC operates the Edwards Flight Test Range, which is comprised of 20,000 square miles of airspace, including three supersonic corridors and four aircraft spin areas. Besides flight test capabilities, Edwards has an array of ground test facilities. One of these facilities, the massive Benefield Anechoic Facility, allows for complete testing of a fully integrated avionics suite in a simulated flight environment, including electronic threats and computer software checkout. The AFTC is hiring top engineers to test the most advanced technology in the world. Test the future as a federal employee with competitive performance based salaries, recruitment bonuses and many other perks!”

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At Amazon’s Lab126, we invent device and service platforms that delight customers by eliminating friction they have in supplying, entertaining, and managing the home. Many of those platforms delighting customers include a variety of optical technologies embedded in them -from smart speakers, tablets and e-readers, wearables and heath & wellness, to robotics and satellites, and many more, we are busy developing and incorporating state-of-the-art optical technologies to enable them. Come by to talk with an Amazon engineer today to learn more!

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Applied Materials’ expertise in materials engineering is the foundation for all the integrated circuits and flat panel displays that you use every day in computers, TVs, and mobile devices. Just as semiconductor technology changed the world of electronics, waveguide combiners for augmented reality devices and metasurface-based optics will change the world of optics as we know it. At Applied, we refer to this new approach as Engineered Optics. Bring your future into focus! Apply to become a member of our Engineered Optics team today.

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AOM is bringing decades of experience in optical metrology expertise to bear on some of the most demanding applications on earth –Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), next-generation AR/VR/MR headsets, and a host of other research and industrial technologies that will shape humanity’s future through optics.

We are a fast-growing optics metrology business supporting amazing technology development all around the world. We operate with the pace and feel of a tech startup with the security of a mature technology at its core. It’s fun, challenging and offers many opportunities to learn and grow for a motivated Sales & Applications Engineer.

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ASML US, LP brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers – the world’s leading chipmakers – to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ, San Diego, CA and San Jose, CA.

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At Ball Aerospace, you’ll find work that matters and a culture based in collaboration, transparency and integrity. From revolutionary space missions and world-renowned sensors to data and cyber solutions, Ball Aerospace gives its employees unique opportunities to work on cutting-edge missions that help our customers learn about our planet, protect lives, and build a better tomorrow. From our strong family culture to offering unique opportunities for career growth, our employees make Ball a great place to work.

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Belden, celebrating its 120 year anniversary is a signal transmission solutions provider with a complete product portfolio including cable, connectivity and networking products. Our people are naturally curious, smart, and obsessed with delivering the best. As a team, we design and market high-quality end-to-end connectivity solutions and services for customers across our recognized automation, networking and connectivity brands.

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In our 42 years the Breault Research Organization Inc.’s (BRO) employees have been having fun by accepting some of the most difficult optical challenges to design, perform stray light analyses and/or fabricate devices to do things never done before.  BRO’s forte is making state of the art possible for others to use. BRO’s customers are some of the leading companies, Scientific Institutions and governments around the world.  These governments and firms rely on BRO’s software and expertise to push their capabilities.  

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We’re working with some of the world’s largest OEM companies to design and manufacture custom optics and optical sub-systems. Build to print or start with a back of the envelope idea, we work with our customers wherever they are in their design and production cycle. Our mission is not to be just another supplier, but to function as a trusted partner in order to add value where it will most benefit our OEM customer organizations.

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In our 580,000 square-foot facility in Danbury, CT we design, develop and produce products used to explore space, keep the peace and protect the world’s armed forces. Our cutting-edge innovations are applied across four business areas: Precision Optics, Advanced Programs, Space Systems, and Defense Systems.

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About Edmund Optics®

As a global, family-owned company, employees are key to our success.

We combine warmth, family, and personalization with a fast-paced business culture while fulfilling our mission to be the world’s preferred supplier of optical components. Edmund Optics offers a wealth of opportunities to help you achieve your career goals.

Our Culture

Our culture is at the heart of everything we do.

The company’s Core Values demonstrate our commitment to act as one family, do what is best for the customer, drive innovation through continuous improvement, and to be proud of what we do. We consistently rank among the best places to work across the country. We strive to make Edmund Optics a better place to work, improving our environmental impact, and making the workplace fun. We have many initiatives that keep employees engaged, help to make a safer and more inclusive workplace, and make sure our employees’ voices are heard.

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Hi! You study optics at U of A so you’re obviously smart, so why not do the smart thing and check out Elbit Systems of America for your next internship or full-time position? Whether it’s because of our cool next-generation tech that’s always pushing the envelope, because of our ideal setting in picturesque New Hampshire an hour north of historic Boston, or because we’re an employee focused company that doesn’t suck with the power of a large company while retaining the flexibility of a small one, you should consider joining us in our goal to protect and save lives!

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Fresnel Technologies, Inc. (FTI) is a world leader in molded polymer optics. At our Fort Worth, TX facilities, we design and manufacture optics for a wide variety of applications from the near UV through the far IR, including VR/AR, medical diagnostics and treatment, lighting, and passive IR motion detection for security and lighting control, and more. FTI has about 50 employees, including 10 technical staff members, and we are always looking to hire excellent scientists and engineers. FTI strongly supports optics education and the optics community in Texas.

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The Georgia Tech Research Institute(GTRI) is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) that serves as the applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology. GTRI is comprised of eight laboratories with a workforce of over 2800 employees that support $782Min annual sponsored research awards. The Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL)focuses on advancing new capabilities across the entire optical sensing and imaging chain: from the analysis, design, construction, test, and evaluation of hardware; through the acquisition and conditioning of signals; to the processing, exploitation, and visualization of data and imagery.

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JPL’s mission is exploring space in pursuit of scientific discoveries that benefit humanity. We currently have optical instruments in operation and development for Astrophysics, Earth Science, and Planetary Science (besides Earth). Questions we address range from the history and evolution of the universe, to detection of life outside of Earth, to understanding global warming on Earth.

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KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop, smartphone, wearable device, voice-controlled gadget, flexible screen, VR device or smart car would have made it into your hands without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays.  Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.

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L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission critical demands. The Agile Development Group/Sonoma EO is an innovative team of engineers, program managers, technicians and operations professionals focused on accelerating capability development to address emerging threats and solve L3Harris customers’ most vexing problems. Sonoma EO located in Santa Rosa, CA team develops advanced, next-generation Electro Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) stabilized imaging systems.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. At LLNL, optical scientists and engineers work on systems ranging from the National Ignition Facility (the world’s largest and highest energy laser) to other unique laser and optical systems supporting global security and our nation’s defense. Our mission is to enable U.S. security and the safety of our nation by empowering multidisciplinary teams to pursue bold and innovative science and technology. We require expertise in a wide range of optical backgrounds. We seek expertise in Image Science, Optical Engineering, Optical Physics and Photonics at all educational levels (BS, MS, and PhD) for summer internships and full-time employment. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

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Mitutoyo Research & Development America (MRDA) is the largest R&D and technology development branch of Mitutoyo outside of Japan. At MRDA we work on the design of the next-generation optical metrology solutions as well as custom inspection systems for defect detection and for high-accuracy dimensional measurements. As part of the Mitutoyo family, you will work on developing cutting edge metrology products and enjoy our relaxed work environment in the beautiful Seattle area.

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Newport is a brand within the MKS Instruments Photonics Solutions Division. The Newport product portfolio consists of a full range of solutions including precision motion control, optical tables and vibration isolation systems, photonics instruments (including Ultrafast Laser Systems, optics and opto-mechanical components. For more information, visit us. 

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Nikon Research Corporation of America (NRCA) is a research and development organization owned by Nikon, and is headquartered in Belmont, CA.  The optics group operates in a satellite office in Oro Valley, AZ, where several UA OSC Graduates are employed.

NRCA’s initial mission focused on R&D related to cutting-edge photolithography systems.  However, in recent years, we have transitioned to a variety of other fields, such as 3D topography measurement, X-ray computed tomography, and robotics systems.  A major thrust now is additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) in metal.

Working at NRCA provides many opportunities to develop new optical systems, both theoretically and experimentally.  Every day is unique and exciting!  Come and help us make a difference.

Our mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. Our commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.

Since 1916, we have been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. Through our publications, events and services, we help to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation. Please visit to learn more.

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Optical Support, Inc. is a Tucson-based engineering services company providing custom optical systems to our customers in aerospace, semiconductor, cinematography, biomedical and other vertical markets. OSI’s optical and mechanical engineering teams work directly with our onsite CNC machine shop and assembly staff to provide rapid prototyping and production of state-of-the-art lenses and sensors, interferometers, optical alignment instruments, and metrology tooling for applications from EUV to LWIR. Our 38-person staff in OSI’s 25,000 sqft facility provides a perfect learning environment for talented and motivated engineers and technicians looking for a career in the design, fabrication, build and test of a wide variety of precision optical systems. A sample of ongoing programs at OSI include VIS-LWIR spaceflight systems, vacuum-based EUV metrology tools, custom wide-field cinematography lenses, and alignment systems for DUV sources.

Optics Valley, a Committee of the Arizona Technology Council, is the industry cluster that supports our optics community in Arizona. Our mission is to catalyze, convene and connect optics, photonics, astronomy and supporting business interests throughout Arizona. We currently have over 90 members and are continuing to expand. Our objective is to help our companies scale up and grow.

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The Raytheon Missiles and Defense Tucson Electro-Optics (EO) Department provides innovative, reliable, and affordable EO Product solutions to our customers across all Mission Areas. EO Products include: IR Sensor and Seekers, Optics such as Lenses, Mirrors, Windows and Domes, Detectors, Cryogenic Systems and other Components, Opto-Mechanical Platforms and Gimbals, EO Subsystem Design, EO component and Subsystem Characterization, and EO Integration and Test and Lab Support. We support all phases of program execution from initial concept through development, transition to production, and sustainment efforts. We proactively leverage successes from previous designs while focusing on future technologies, process improvements, and efficiency gains.

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The Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory has been solving the technical challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry for more than six decades. We provide multi-domain mission solutions with expertise in satellites, sensors and instruments.  From electro-optical sensors and synthetic aperture radar to calibration services and thermal management systems, SDL delivers sensor solutions that enable informed decisions through data collection and analysis.

Advancing light-based science, engineering, and technology 

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. 

Serving more than 255,000 constituents from 183 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. 

SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. 

In 2020, SPIE provided more than $5 million in support of education and outreach programs. 


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Sunny Optical Technology (Group), founded in 1984, is the global leading manufacturer of integrated optical components and products, serving customers in industries such as mobile phone, automobile, AR/VR, machine vision, and many more. Sunny was the first domestic optical enterprise listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007 and became a constituent of Hang Seng Index in 2017, along with Tencent, Alibaba, etc. Sunny also ranks the world No.1 in market share in automobilelens, handset lens, and handset camera modules.

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Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group is a leading developer of optical design and analysis tools that model all aspects of light propagation, with an international client base and 15 offices worldwide. Our innovative software packages include CODE V® imaging design software, LightTools® illumination design software, and the LucidShape® products for automotive lighting. We are integrated with RSoft™ Photonic Device Tools for streamlined, multi-domain co-simulations of nano-textured optical structures and diffraction analysis. We offer precision light scattering measurements and equipment for high-accuracy optical product simulations and visualizations. Please stop by our table for a chat! We are recruiting for summer 2023 internship positions.

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Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over Approximately 2,300 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

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US Army C5ISR Research and Technology Integration (RTI) Directorate, formerly known as Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), is an Army R&D research lab that develops electro-optical infrared sensors and display components (e.g. optics, detectors, displays, etc.) for the warfighter. The lab is located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia which is thirty minutes outside our nation’s capital, Washington DC.

We are looking for optical engineers and physicists to join the optics group. We have both full time positions available as well as summer internships.   As part of the team, you’d learn about electro-optical systems and directly contribute to the design of state of the art sensors architectures. The Army is currently in the process of modernizing its platforms and equipment which includes developing emerging sensor technology.   At RTI, you can help shape the Army’s next generation of sensors and prepare our warfighters for future engagements. Our team has decades of design experience and supports a multitude of sensor developments to include: soldier borne Night Vision Goggles, thermal weapon sights, airborne long range thermal cameras, and vehicle mounted sensors and displays such as the M1 tank and Bradley fighting vehicle.  In addition to these, we also design high altitude sensors, soldier heads up displays and hyperspectral systems. New hires will be exposed to all of these and will be able to pursue their areas of interest.   If this sounds interesting to you, please stop by our booth at the Industrial Affiliates Showcase or send an email to the address below to schedule an interview:
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Zemax, an Ansys Company,is the industry leader for optical simulation software. Zemax software helps organizations get to a qualified design more quickly by enabling complex optics modeling and by streamlining the workflow and communication between multidisciplinary engineering teams. From satellites orbiting the earth, to the smartphone in your pocket, Zemax users are responsible for how we interact with our world. Help us engineer the future of optics by joining our expanding global team!

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Zygo Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical metrology systems and ultra-precise optical components and assemblies. Our mission is to enable customer success by delivering innovative precision optical and metrology solutions that exceed expectations.