OPTICA Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2024

  • May 14, 2024
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Arbor at the Port - 1000 N River St Suite 110, Rochester, NY 14612


  • Please contact membership@opticarochester.org with a guest list instead of using this form.
  • Free ticket for council members.
OPTICA Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2024

Jim Burge, PhD -  President, Arizona Optical Metrology (AOM)
                            Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona

The Rochester Section of Optica (also known as ROC-Optica) hosts an annual business meeting and dinner featuring an update of the year's activities and a special guest speaker.

The details for this year's annual dinner meeting is as follows. Please note updates to deadlines and Corporate Sponsor registration below.


May  14th

5:30 p.m. - Networking
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Dinner
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Optica Business Meeting
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Talk by Dr. Jim Burge
8:30 - 9:00 p.m.  - Social


This year's event will take place at:

Arbor at the Port

1000 N River St

Suite 110

Rochester, New York 14612

Invited Talk

"Precision measurement of aspheric optical surfaces:
a personal journey from university research to industry"

Jim Burge, PhD

President, Arizona Optical Metrology
Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona


The manufacture of complex aspheric optical surfaces is limited by the ability to measure them. The mirrors in giant telescopes that are now operational on mountaintops and space were enabled by advances in measurement technology, including applications of computer generated holograms (CGHs). These measurement techniques are now used to guide the finishing of a wide range of complex surfaces. This talk follows the story of specialized measurement technologies that grew up as university research to a mature state where they have become commonplace in industry.


Jim Burge is President of Arizona Optical Metrology, a small company started in 2009 that manufactures computer generated holograms and incorporates them into measuring equipment, and Professor Emeritus of Optics and Astronomy at University of Arizona.

Dr. Burge started his adventure into optical sciences at Ohio State University earning a BS in Engineering Physics, and worked as a mechanical engineer building stabilized platforms for optical systems. From there he went to the University of Arizona, attracted by the prospects of learning about the optical systems themselves. He worked as a research scientist for the astronomy department for nearly a decade, working on telescopes, instruments, and large mirror manufacture, and earning a PhD. in optics along the way.

He then pursued a career in academia as Professor of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona, performing research and teaching in optomechanics, optical systems engineering, and optical testing. He has been called on as advisor for many companies who build optical systems and government organizations who use them. Dr. Burge led the development of the measurement systems for a wide range of telescope mirrors, from 1-m convex secondary mirrors to the primary mirrors for the Large Binocular Telescope, Rubin Observatory (LSST), DKI Solar Telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the Thirty Meter Telescope. He is a Fellow of SPIE and Optica, and 2011 recipient of the OSA Fraunhofer-Burley award which recognizes significant research accomplishments in the field of optical engineering.

Registration fees and payment

  • $60 for Non-Member Guests
  • $50 for Optica Regular Members
  • $30 for Student Non-Members
  • $20 for Optica Student Members
  • No charge for Optica Honorary Members (Contact the Optica President)
  • No charge for Corporate Sponsors up the maximum allowed seats based on sponsor level. Please contact membership@opticarochester.org with a guest list.
  • Reservations (including guest names) must be made by Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

No tickets will be distributed. Confirmed reservations will be placed on a list.

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