Daewook Kim

Dae Wook Kim

1630 E. University Blvd.,
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0094
(520) 6269210


Daewook Kim is Associate Professor of Optical Sciences and Astronomy, University of Arizona. He graduated in Physics and Astronomy, Yonsei University, South Korea. He earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, USA. He is currently a principal scientist for projects that develop and implement advanced technologies for building and testing large optical systems and astronomical telescope mirrors.

He has been working in the optical engineering field for more than 10 years, focusing on very large astronomical optics such as 25m in diameter Giant Magellan Telescope primary mirror and 4.2m Advanced Technology Solar Telescope primary mirror. His main research area has been over the precision optical fabrication field. He is also working on various optical metrology topics such as interferometric testing using computer generated holograms, direct curvature measurement and deflectometry systems.

He is teaching a graduate course “Optical Testing” and “Fundamentals of Applied Optics Laboratory” at the University of Arizona, and has been served as a co-lecturer for “Computer Generated Holography and Diffractive Optical Elements Workshop” co-sponsored by SPIE. He has been authored/co-authored more than 100 journal articles and conference proceedings including some cover-featured, invited or the most downloaded papers.

He is currently a chair/co-chair of the International Symposium on Optical Engineering + Applications, Optical Manufacturing and Testing (SPIE), the International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application, Telescopes and Large Optics (SPIE, OSA and Chinese Society of Astronautics), and the Topical Meeting on Optical Fabrication and Testing of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He is a Senior member of OSA and SPIE, and an Associate Editor for Optics Express journal.

1. Large precision optics fabrication using Computer Controlled Optical Surfacing (CCOS) process

2. Optical testing for large optical components using Computer Generated Holograms, Laser tracker, interferometer, and so forth

3. Optical system design and manufacturing

4. Open-source data analysis and visualization S/W platform development for optical engineering


1. Off-axis aspheric primary segment for 24.5m Giant Magellan Telescope, 2010-

2. Monolithic primary and tertiary mirror project for 8.4m Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, 2010-

3. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Racetrack mirror project (under ITAR* control), 2010

4. Wide-field corrector project for 10m Hobby Eberly Telescope, 2009-

5. Ultra-thin primary mirror project for Discovery Channel Telescope, 2008-2009

6. Goodrich 2.5m test flat calibration system project (under ITAR* control), 2011- 2013

7. Ultra-thin off-axis aspheric primary for 4.2m Advanced Technology Solar Telescope, 2011-

8. SAGUARO Open-source Data Processing Platform Project, 2011-

9. SCOTS deflectometry metrology system for Giant Magellan Telescope secondary, 2013 –

10. Adaptive optics system for steerable diffraction limited line illumination, 2012-2013
*ITAR: International Traffic in Arms Regulations

1. Associate Editor: Optics Express, Optical Society of America (OSA) journal, 2013 –

2. SPIE Conference Chair: SPIE International Symposium on SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, OP305 Optical Manufacturing and Testing X, 2012 –

3. OSA Conference Chair: Topical Meeting on Optical Fabrication and Testing (OF&T) of the Optical Society of America (OSA), 2012 –

4. SPIE, OSA and Chinese Society of Astronautics Conference Chair: International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application, Telescopes and Large Optics, 2013 –

5. Program Committee: Topical Meeting on Optical Fabrication and Testing (OF&T) of the Optical Society of America (OSA), 2011

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