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David Vega

Lead R&D Engineer, Ansys

The World of Optical Engineering Software Careers

Optics modeling software supports the entire optics industry. I will expose how an optical engineer contributes to software, its impact, and how you can get involved. You will get insider perspectives of what it is like to work in software and how to succeed in this industry.

About the Speaker
Dr. David Vega is a Lead R&D Engineer specializing in Zemax optical simulation technologies at Ansys. He received his bachelor’s in physics from CalPoly, Pomona, and his master's and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. As the lead of a global team dedicated to innovating, developing, and updating simulation technologies that serve optical engineers around the globe, Dr. Vega works at the intersection of software development and optics R&D. His work supports and enables optical engineers to model the most complex and next generation of optical systems. Software is a continuously evolving product, and Dr. Vega has helped to develop and implement an R&D development cycle that can serve today’s demands on optical simulation technologies. His strong background in R&D processes, innovation, team leadership, and mentorship has enabled the rapid cycle implementation that also focuses on the team members’ personal development. Dr. Vega is a strong supporter of academic efforts and especially enjoys mentoring students transitioning to the industry.
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