Donn M. Silberman
Founding Director
SPIE Involvement:
Education and Outreach Committee | Conference Program Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
Optical Instruments , Precision Motion , Optics Education & Outreach , Precision Metrology
Profile Summary

Donn Silberman began his work in optics in 1976 when as a high school senior he was an astronomy student technician, operating a small planetarium, maintaining the class telescopes and he built his own 8" F/8 Newtonian. Donn attended the University of Arizona to study Astronomy, worked at the Flandreau Planetarium and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics (Honors in Physics). Donn also worked at the Optical Sciences Center and taught undergraduate physics labs and was the Society of Physics Students President from 1981 - 1983 and Councilor from 1983 - 1984. In 1994, Donn received a Master of Science degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University.

Donn has over 35 years of management and technical experience in various optics and precision motion based businesses. He has worked in product management, including conceptualizing; research and development, quality assurance, product manufacturing, marketing, sales and technical services.

Donn has been a Senior R&D Optical Engineer for Johnson & Johnson’s IOLAB Corporation in Claremont, California; Operations Manager, Micro-Optics, for Corning Incorporated’s Advanced Photonics Technologies group in Garden Grove, California; and Engineering Systems Manager at RAM Optical - Newport Corporation in Irvine, California.

Donn has been a volunteer board member with the OSSC, for many years was President in 2007-2008 and inducted as a Fellow in 2010. He is the Founding Director of The Optics Institute of Southern California which focuses on optics education outreach.

In 2009, Donn founded the UC Irvine Optical Engineering and Instrument Design Certificate programs, as the Advisory Committee Chair. In November 2012, he received the Dean's Outstanding Service Award for his efforts with these programs.

In December 2012, Donn was the 2012-2013 Univ. of Arizona Honor's College Advocate for Education Award Winner and gave the Keynote Address at their Pre-commencement ceremony.
Publications (15)

Proceedings Article | 28 June 2023 Paper
Proceedings Volume 12723, 127232R (2023)
KEYWORDS: Universities, Quantum photonics, Diffraction gratings, Quantum communications, Quantum experiments, Quantum light, Quantum computing, Tunable filters, Physics, Optical filters

Proceedings Article | 3 October 2022 Open Access Presentation + Paper
Moamer Hasanovic, Chrysanthos Panayiotou, Donn Silberman
Proceedings Volume 12213, 122130E (2022)
KEYWORDS: Quantum computing, Photonics, Quantum physics, Raman spectroscopy, Quantum information, Quantum communications, Spectroscopes, Photon polarization, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Superposition

Proceedings Article | 3 October 2022 Open Access Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 12213, 1221308 (2022)
KEYWORDS: Quantum computing, Laser optics, Diffraction, Laser applications, Computing systems, Quantum physics, Physics, Education and training, Video, Quantum information

SPIE Journal Paper | 9 April 2022 Open Access
Mo Hasanovic, Chrys Panayiotou, Donn Silberman, Paul Stimers, Celia Merzbacher
OE, Vol. 61, Issue 08, 081803, (April 2022)
KEYWORDS: Quantum computing, Quantum information, Quantum communications, Laser optics, Optical engineering, Fiber lasers, Superposition, Spectroscopy, Spectroscopes, Quantum physics

Proceedings Article | 14 September 2018 Open Access Presentation + Paper
Donn Silberman, Gabriel Blanks, Stefan Forschner, Brian Monacelli, Desiré Whitmore, Debbie Donahue
Proceedings Volume 10741, 107410G (2018)
KEYWORDS: Laser applications, Nd:YAG lasers, Helium neon lasers, Laser systems engineering, Photonics, Laser optics, Mirrors, Laser safety, Crystals

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Proceedings Volume Editor (1)

SPIE Conference Volume | 26 May 1994

Conference Committee Involvement (11)
Optics Education and Outreach VIII
18 August 2024 | San Diego, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach VII
22 August 2022 | San Diego, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach VI
24 August 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach V
22 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach IV
31 August 2016 | San Diego, California, United States
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