Ron Willey is a consultant with more than 35 years in the fields of optical thin films and optical system design, development, and production. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in optical instrumentation and has a M.S. from the Florida Institute of Technology in computer science. He has led groups in optical coating and instrumentation development and production at Martin Marietta, Raytheon, and Opto Mechanik. He is experienced in practical thin films design, process development, and the application of industrial design of experiment methodology (DOE), optical systems development and tolerancing, ion/plasma source application, seminars and short courses. He consulted for more than 20 years with many divisions of General Electric, Lockheed-Martin, General Motors, and others. He has served as an expert forensic witness for optical systems and optical coating litigations. He holds four patents and has published many papers on optical coating, optical design, and the economics of optical tolerances. He is the author of the book Practical Design and Production of Optical Thin Films, a Fellow of SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering and the Optical Society of America, and a past director of the Society of Vacuum Coaters.
Mr. Willey’s research interests include the understanding and design and production of optical thin films, ion and plasma sources, spectrophotometers and color measurement instruments, color projection and display systems, optical instrument development, and music theory and practice.