Donn M. Silberman
President at eLas Americas
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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 (11)

Proceedings Article | 14 September 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10741, Optics Education and Outreach V
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Crystals, Laser applications, Nd:YAG lasers, Photonics, Laser safety, Helium neon lasers, Laser optics, Laser systems engineering

Proceedings Article | 3 September 2015 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9582, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IX
KEYWORDS: Ferroelectric materials, Metrology, Waveguides, Sensors, Video, Control systems, Optical alignment, Silicon photonics, Motion measurement, Tolerancing

Proceedings Article | 15 September 2014 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9188, Optics Education and Outreach III
KEYWORDS: Cameras, Video, Robotics, Robots, Photonics, Optics education, Laser optics, Robotic systems, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Engineering education

Proceedings Article | 15 October 2012 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II
KEYWORDS: Internet, Phase modulation, Video, Lens design, Information technology, Optical engineering, Geometrical optics, Lanthanum, Optical design software, Optical instrument design

Proceedings Article | 31 August 2010 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7783, Optics Education and Outreach
KEYWORDS: Optical design, Fiber lasers, Lens design, Optical metrology, Vibration control, Optical engineering, Geometrical optics, Mechanical engineering, Optical instrument design, Laser optics

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Proceedings Volume Editor (1)

SPIE Conference Volume | 26 May 1994

Conference Committee Involvement (9)
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
Optics Education and Outreach III
19 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
Optics Education and Outreach II
12 August 2012 | San Diego, California, United States
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