Dr. Richard N. Youngworth
Founder/Chief Engineer at Riyo LLC
SPIE Involvement:
| Audit Committee | Education Committee | Information Technology Committee | Membership & Communities Committee | Publications Committee | Scholarship Committee | Strategic Planning Committee | Fellow status | Conference Chair | Conference Program Committee | Author | Editor | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Optical Tolerancing , Optical Design and Engineering , Optical Metrology
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Profile Summary

Richard Neil Youngworth, Ph.D. is an experienced optical designer and engineer with industrial expertise that spans numerous facets of the optics field including metrology, design, manufacturing, and analysis. He is considered an international expert on producibility and tolerance analysis of optical components and systems. He has spent a large portion of his industrial career working on optical systems in the challenging transition from ideal design to successful volume manufacturing.

Dr. Youngworth has authored and delivered sundry papers, talks, and lectures on optical design and engineering. He currently teaches SPIE short courses on “Cost-Conscious Tolerancing of Optical Systems” and “Practical Optical System Design”. He maintains additional professional society activities and leadership positions with OSA and SPIE, and provides leadership and support on standards activities with the Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council (OEOSC).

Dr. Youngworth is the founder and Chief Engineer of Riyo LLC, an optical design and engineering consulting firm. He is lead optical design and analysis for internal work and customer programs, manufacturing and technology development support, and also does sales and marketing for the company. Before forming Riyo LLC, Dr. Youngworth was a sole proprietor with exclusive representation as Director of Optical Engineering for Light Capture, Inc., a Senior Optical engineer for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., and Research Associate at Eastman Kodak. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his Ph.D. in optics at the University of Rochester by researching tolerance analysis of optical systems.

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Publications (38)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 14, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10742, Optical Manufacturing and Testing XII
KEYWORDS: Optical components, Optical fabrication, Photonics, Optical communications, Aspheric lenses, Active optics, Tolerancing, Optics manufacturing, Surface finishing, Standards development

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 14, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10742, Optical Manufacturing and Testing XII
KEYWORDS: Photovoltaics, Polishing, Coating, Wavefronts, Laser irradiation, Aspheric lenses, Spherical lenses, Tolerancing, Surface finishing, Standards development

SPIE Conference Volume | June 29, 2018

SPIE Conference Volume | December 5, 2017

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | November 27, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10590, International Optical Design Conference 2017
KEYWORDS: Optical components, Telescopes, Eye, Patents, Night vision, Photonics, Astronomical telescopes, Night vision systems, Optics manufacturing, Standards development

SPIE Conference Volume | November 28, 2016

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Conference Committee Involvement (35)
Zoom Lenses VI
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions XI
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XIII
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions X
22 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XII
19 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.
SC720: Cost-Conscious Tolerancing of Optical Systems
The purpose of this course is to present concepts, tools, and methods that will help attendees determine optimal tolerances for optical systems. Detailed topics in the course apply to all volumes of systems being developed – from single systems to millions of units. The importance of tolerancing throughout the design process is discussed in detail, including determining robustness of the specification and design for manufacture and operation. The course also provides a background to effective tolerancing with discussions on variability and relevant applied statistics. Tolerance analysis and assignment with strong methodology and examples are discussed in detail. A short introduction is also provided for useful development and production tools like design of experiments and statistical process control. References and examples are included to help researchers, designers, engineers, and technicians practically apply the concepts to plan, design, engineer, and build high-quality cost-competitive optical systems.
SC947: Cost-Conscious Tolerancing of Optical Systems
The purpose of this course is to present concepts, tools, and methods that will help attendees determine optimal tolerances for opto-mechanical systems in optical applications. Detailed topics in the course apply to all volumes of systems being developed – from single systems to millions of units. The importance of tolerancing throughout the design process is discussed in detail, including determining robustness of the specification and design for manufacture and operation. The course also provides a background to effective tolerancing with discussions on variability and relevant applied statistics. A treatment of third-order aberrations is included, with emphasis on understanding their origins and how to influence cost and production yield by considering their impacts. Tolerance analysis and assignment with strong methodology and examples are discussed, including the development of a design trade for a simple IR system. Other considerations for IR systems will specifically be discussed in the class. References and examples are included to help researchers, designers, engineers, and technicians practically apply the concepts to plan, design, engineer, and build high-quality cost-competitive optical systems.
WS1058: Grant Writing from the Ground Up
All research requires funding. That truth means that proposal writing is an essential skill for all scientists and engineers, whether in academia or industry. Unfortunately, most early career professionals are uncomfortable “selling” their research. This workshop addresses “grant phobia” by teaching attendees how to align research with funding opportunities, develop firm project plans, and communicate effectively to reviewers. Attendees leave the course with the skill to build quality proposals that are compelling and convincing.
SC1153: A Practical Guide to Specifying Optical Components
Specifying optics, even commercial optics, can be a daunting task. The optics industry has evolved its own language, symbology, and standards for specifying and manufacturing optical components which can be obscure to even a veteran engineer, much less a newcomer to the industry. This course provides an overview of the basic principles, terms, and standards that are necessary for someone specifying optical elements. A primary goal of the course is to serve as a practical guide to optics specifications and drawings, and how they relate to optical system performance. Engineers and users of optics who need to buy optical components, but are unsure of all the detailed specifications, will benefit from taking this course.
SC1017: Optics Surface Inspection Workshop
Understanding the correct way to inspect optical surfaces is one the most important skills anyone working with or around optics can have, including technicians, material handlers, engineers, managers, and buyers. While understanding the specifications is the first step, learning how to actually perform the inspection is just as important. This hands-on workshop will allow attendees to learn the "Best Practice" for cleaning and inspecting optical surfaces. The course has many demonstrations and labs and gives attendees practice handling and inspecting optics to develop a high level of proficiency. This course was designed to bring photonics personnel up to an immediate working knowledge on the correct methods to conduct a surface inspection in accordance with MIL, ANSI, and ISO standards. It is designed to complement SC700 Understanding Scratch and Dig Specifications and provide hands-on experience applying the specification and inspection parameters covered in that course.
SC863: Introduction to Modern Optical Drawings – the ISO 10110 Standard
Since the late 1990's, the optics community has gradually been converting optics drawings from a free-form, notes-based method to a standardized, international pictographic method. In 2013, the United States joined the international community by adopting a version of ISO 10110 as the American National Standard for optics drawings. This new method is a great boon for an industry in need of standardization, but can be very confusing to the uninitiated. In addition, the standard has continued to evolve with new revisions and additions to address the needs of more applications and markets. This course provides attendees with an introduction to ISO 10110, the international standard for optics drawing notations. The course concentrates on the fundamentals of the drawing layout and how to read the notations required for typical optics, such as glass parameters, radius, wave-front, surface imperfections and roughness. Attendees are also informed about how the American version differs from the current international standard. Practical and useful examples are included throughout.
WS666: Strategies for Professional Conference Presentations
The importance of communicating ideas and information in the technical community remains very high. In this workshop, a number of different facets of planning and delivery of conference presentations and posters will be discussed. Most notably, the workshop discusses strategies for conference presentation submission, goes through important facets of the delivery of the conference talk, and concludes with discussing following-through with people in the audience. The important topic of specific slide design is covered in other SPIE offerings and is only briefly mentioned in this workshop.
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