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Jannick Rolland

Prof. Jannick  Rolland

Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering
The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

275 Hutchison Rd,

Rochester NY 14627
United States

E-mail: rolland@optics.rochester.edu

Area of Expertise

Freeform Optics design and metrology


Jannick Rolland is the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and the Chief Technology Officer of LighTopTech Corp., a startup she co-founded in 2013. At the University of Rochester, she is the Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) that focuses on graduate education and Director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering that engages undergraduates hands-on in optical design, fabrication and metrology. She leads the ODALab (www.odalab-spectrum.org) that supports a team of about 20 scholars from undergraduates to senior scientists. Professor Rolland holds appointments in the Center for Visual Science and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She earned an optical engineering diploma from the Institut D'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, France, and an MS and PhD in Optical Science from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Professor Rolland is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and NYSTAR. Professor Rolland served as Director at Large on the OSA Board of Directors 2010-2013. She is the recipient of the 2014 OSA David Richardson Medal for "visionary contributions and leadership in optical design and engineering, enabling noninvasive, optical biopsy". Her research interests continue to focus on optical engineering innovations in relation to imaging and visualization across a wide range of driving applications.

Lecture Title(s)

Past, Present and Future of Freeform Optics: Freeform Optics refers to rotationally non-symmetric surface forms in optical components. Methods of fabricating these types of surfaces have advanced significantly over the last decade allowing the production of precision freeform surfaces. Manufacturing of freeform optical components is an active area of research. Going hand-in-hand with fabrication is optical metrology, as whatever you cannot measure you cannot make. In this talk, we will highlight some historical facts about freeform optics, discuss methodology of design

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