Dr. S. Craig Olson
Principal Engineer at L-3 Technologies Sonoma EO
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| Awards Committee | Board of Directors | Information Technology Committee | Membership & Communities Committee | Publications Committee | Strategic Planning Committee | Symposia Committee | Fellow status | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Co-Chair | Conference Chair | Author | Editor | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Optical Design and Engineering , EOIR System Development , Sensor system modeling
Profile Summary

Craig Olson received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MS and Ph.D. in from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Olson has a multidisciplinary electro-optical engineering background with training in in electrical engineering, semiconductor lasers and diffraction theory of laser emission. He has worked in both the telecommunications and commercial optical products sector wiht emphasis on more traditional optical design and engineering. Since 2005 he has been at L-3 Communications during which time he has designed, modeled, and built several multispectral sensor payloads for airborne- and ground-based imaging.
Publications (24)

Proceedings Article | 11 May 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10650, Long-Range Imaging III
KEYWORDS: Signal to noise ratio, Modulation, Imaging systems, Video, Image resolution, Modulation transfer functions, Spatial resolution, Motion estimation, Airborne remote sensing

Proceedings Article | 11 May 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10650, Long-Range Imaging III
KEYWORDS: Point spread functions, Imaging systems, Sensors, Video, Video surveillance, Image quality, Modulation transfer functions, Motion models, Systems modeling

SPIE Journal Paper | 4 May 2018
OE Vol. 57 Issue 05
KEYWORDS: Sensors, Infrared search and track, Signal to noise ratio, Long wavelength infrared, Mid-IR, Staring arrays, Target detection, Infrared sensors, Photons, Signal detection

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 April 2018

Proceedings Article | 18 May 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10178, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXVIII
KEYWORDS: Mid-IR, Optical filters, Imaging systems, Spatial frequencies, Sensors, Fourier transforms, Image resolution, Linear filtering, Optical testing, Image sensors, Modulation transfer functions, Performance modeling, Airborne remote sensing, Systems modeling

Proceedings Article | 11 May 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10181, Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR II
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Infrared search and track, Staring arrays, Infrared detectors, Signal to noise ratio, Infrared sensors, Point spread functions, Lenses, Sensors, Distortion, Lens design, Image sensors, Radiometry, Aberration theory

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Conference Committee Involvement (30)
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VII
1 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Novel Optical Systems, Methods, and Applications XXII
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Advanced Optics for Imaging Applications: UV through LWIR IV
14 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VI
5 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XXI
21 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC003: Practical Optical System Design
This course will provide attendees with a basic working knowledge of optical design and associated engineering. The information in this course will help novice and experienced designers, as well as people who interact with optical designers and engineers, sufficiently understand these problems and solutions to minimize cost and risk. The course includes background information for optical design and an array of pragmatic considerations such as optical system specification, analysis of optical systems, material selection, use of catalog systems and components, ultraviolet through infrared system considerations, environmental factors and solutions, Gaussian beam optics, and production considerations such as optical testing and alignment. The course includes practical and useful examples emphasizing rigorous optical design and engineering with an emphasis on designing for manufacture. Even if you have never used an optical design program before, you will become fluent with how to estimate, assess, execute, and manage the design of optical systems for many varied applications. This course is a continuation of the long-running Practical Optical Systems Design course established and taught by Robert E. Fischer.
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