Dr. Carl H. Zweben
Industry Consultant at
SPIE Involvement:
Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Composite Materials , Metal Matrix Composites , Carbon/Carbon Composites , Polymer Matrix Composites , Ceramic Matrix Composites , Training
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Profile Summary

Dr. Zweben, an independent consultant on composites and advanced thermal materials, was for many years Advanced Technology Manager and Division Fellow at GE Astro Space. He previously held positions at Du Pont and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the first, and one of only two winners of both the GE One-in-a-Thousand and Engineer-of-the-Year awards. He has over 40 years of commercial and aerospace experience in polymer matrix-, metal matrix-, ceramic matrix- and carbon/carbon composite materials technology. He pioneered use of composites in optomechanical systems, dimensionally stable spacecraft structures, machine components, and optoelectronic and electronic and thermal management and packaging. He is a Life Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of ASM International and SAMPE, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for AIAA and ASME. He has to his credit over 350 books, articles, lectures and short courses.
Publications (13)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 18, 2013
Proc. SPIE. 8836, Optomechanical Engineering 2013
KEYWORDS: Carbon, Optical fibers, Polymers, Metals, Particles, Ceramics, Composites, Aluminum, Silicon carbide, Current controlled current source

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 24, 2010
Proc. SPIE. 7769, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications V
KEYWORDS: Packaging, Carbon, Photovoltaics, Solar concentrators, Metals, Copper, Composites, Manufacturing, Microelectronics, Aluminum

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 13, 2008
Proc. SPIE. 6910, Light-Emitting Diodes: Research, Manufacturing, and Applications XII
KEYWORDS: Packaging, Carbon, Light emitting diodes, Polymers, Copper, Composites, Manufacturing, Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, Aluminum

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 8, 2008
Proc. SPIE. 6899, Photonics Packaging, Integration, and Interconnects VIII
KEYWORDS: Packaging, Carbon, Light emitting diodes, Polymers, Copper, Composites, Manufacturing, Semiconductor lasers, Photonics, Aluminum

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 28, 2006
Proc. SPIE. 6126, Photonics Packaging and Integration VI
KEYWORDS: Packaging, Carbon, Light emitting diodes, Copper, Ceramics, Composites, Manufacturing, Photonics, Aluminum, Silicon carbide

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 31, 2005
Proc. SPIE. 5887, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VI
KEYWORDS: Packaging, Carbon, LIDAR, Polymers, Metals, Copper, Ceramics, Composites, Manufacturing, Aluminum

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Conference Committee Involvement (14)
Optomechanical Engineering 2019
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Optomechanical Engineering 2017
9 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Optomechanical Engineering 2015
11 August 2015 | San Diego, California, United States
Optomechanical Engineering 2013
27 August 2013 | San Diego, California, United States
Optomechanics 2011: Innovations and Solutions
23 August 2011 | San Diego, California, United States
Showing 5 of 14 published special sections
Course Instructor
SC1078: Advanced Composite Materials for Astronomical Telescopes and Optomechanical Instruments
Advanced composite materials have been used successfully in optomechanical systems since the 1970s. They are being used increasingly in telescopes, mirrors, and other optomechanical systems. There are a significant and increasing number of spacecraft, airborne and ground-based applications. A growing array of polymer matrix-, metal matrix-, ceramic matrix- and carbon/carbon composites provide great improvements in stiffness, strength, dimensional stability, thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance over conventional materials of construction, and are considerably lighter. Low-cost, net-shape manufacturing processes make many of these materials economically attractive.
SC218: Advanced Composite Materials for Optomechanical Systems and Precision Machinery
Advanced composite materials have been used successfully in optomechanical systems since the 1970s. They are being used increasingly in numerous commercial and military applications including: optical benches, telescopes, binoculars, mirrors, metrology and photolithography equipment, and other optomechanical systems, along with thermal management and optoelectronic packaging. Numerous and growing numbers of polymer matrix-, metal matrix-, ceramic matrix- and carbon/carbon composites provide great improvements in stiffness, strength, dimensional stability, thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance over conventional materials of construction, and are considerably lighter. Low-cost, net-shape manufacturing processes make many of these materials economically attractive.
SC386: Advanced Thermal Management Materials for Optoelectronic, Microelectronic and MEMS Packaging
There are now a large and increasing number of production advanced materials designed to solve the critical problems in packaging of microelectronics, diode lasers, LEDs, displays, photovoltaics, sensors and MEMS. This course will examine materials to help alleviate issues including heat dissipation, thermal stresses, warpage, alignment, weight, size, cost, and manufacturing yield. Decades-old traditional low-coefficient-of-thermal-expansion (CTE) materials like tungsten/copper, molybdenum/copper, copper-Invar-copper, "Kovar", etc., have thermal conductivities that are no better than that of aluminum. There are now many low-density, low-CTE advanced composite and monolithic materials with much higher thermal conductivities - some as high as 1700 W/m-K - resulting in a large, increasing number of production applications. Some are cheaper than traditional materials. Weight savings as high as 85% have been demonstrated.
SC548: How To Use Composite Materials In Sensors, Structures, Robots and Thermal Management
Composite materials are widely used in sensors, optomechanical systems, aerospace structures, robots, antennas, thermal management and electronic packaging. Numerous and growing numbers of lightweight polymer matrix-, metal matrix-, ceramic matrix- and carbon/carbon composites provide dramatic improvements in stiffness, strength, dimensional stability, thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance over conventional materials of construction. Low-cost, net-shape manufacturing processes make many of these materials economically attractive.
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