Daewook Kim

Dae Wook Kim

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


Daewook Kim is an associate professor of optical sciences and astronomy at the University of Arizona. He has been working in the optical engineering field for more than 15 years, including NASA Aspera UV space telescope mission, 25 m diameter Giant Magellan Telescope, and commercial Augmented Reality freeform glass project. His main research area covers precision freeform optics design, fabrication, and various metrology topics, such as interferometric test systems using computer-generated hologram, wavefront curvature measurement, and dynamic deflectometry system. For the past 10 years, Daewook has been chairing conference programs including the Optical Manufacturing and Testing conference (SPIE), Optical Fabrication and Testing conference (OSA), and the Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture, and Test of Space and Ground Systems conference (SPIE). He is also teaching the SPIE Optical Testing Short Courses. He has published more than 180 journal/conference papers and served as an associate editor for the Optics Express journal for 7 years. He gave more than 20 plenary, keynote, colloquium talks at various international conferences and universities. Prof. Kim is an SPIE Fellow.

Supervised Graduates


1. Margaret Dominguez, “Algorithm Based Metrology and Alignment Techniques for Measuring Optical Ground and Space Based Telescopes,” (PhD, 2019)
2. Isaac Trumper, “Freeform Optical Design Methodologies and Surface Metrology using Deflectometry,” (PhD, 2019)
3. Maham Aftab, “Adaptive, Dynamic Surface / Wavefront Metrology and Analysis,” (PhD, 2019)
4. Logan Graves, “Freeform Optical Surface Testing with Deflectometry,” (PhD, 2019)
5. Charlotte Elena Guthery, “A Hybrid Wavefront Sensor for Wide-Range Adaptive Optics,” (PhD, April 2022)
6. Hyukmo Kang, “Design, Fabrication, and Alignment in Modern Optics,” (PhD, Apr 2022)


1. Michael Palmer, “Freeform Optics Fabrication and Post Processing,” (MS, 2016)
2. Kal Kadlec, “Parametric Opto-mechanical performance analysis of mounted lenses under thermal loading,” (MS, 2017)
3. Xiangyu Guo, “Freeform Optics Post-Processing using Pseudo-Random Orbiting Stroke,” (MS, Nov 2018)
4. Julia Zugby, “A survey of off-axis parabola alignment techniques,” (MS, Dec 2018)
5. John Kam, “Differential Phase Measuring Deflectometry for High-Sag Freeform Optics,” (MS, Dec. 2019)
6. Cathryn Elizabeth Deacon, “Optical and Opto-mechanical Design of an f/2.5 Broadband Infrared Objective Lens Using Multiple Cold Stops and Cooled Detectors,” (MS, Dec. 2019)
7. Cody Paige, “Reflective Telescope Design for Space and Airborne Applications,” (MS, Dec. 2019)
8. Nicholas LoVullo, “An Approach to Mid-to-large Sized Aperture, Space-based Telescope Design – From Requirements to Verification,” (MS, Jan. 2020)
9. Yi-Ting Feng, “Topological Pupil Segmentation and Point Spread Function Analysis for Large Aperture Imaging Systems,” (MS, August 2020)
10. Stephanie Lamar Rodriguez, “Implementation of a laser-truss based telescope metrology system at the Large Binocular Telescope,” (MS, August 2020)
11. Jong-Hwan Kim, “2 × 2 Monolithic Mirror Camera Design for MID-IR,” (MS, May 2021)
12. Zack Hatfield, “Advancements in Millimeter Wave Telescope Panel Fabrication,” (MS, May 2021)
13. Timothy J. Hefferan, “Parametric Mid-Spatial Freq Error Synthesis,” (MS, Aug 2021)
14. Siddhartha Sirsi, “Orbiting Astronomical Satellite for Investigating Stellar Systems (OASIS) Space Telescope,” (MS, Nov 2021)
15. George Smith, “Merging Metrology Data through Frequency Fusion,” (MS, Apr 2022)

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