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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Two New Online Optical Courses

Free Webinar on Optical Engineering & Design Provides Latest Developments in Growing Field

IRVINE, Calif. – November 21, 2013 – University of California, Irvine Extension will offer two new online courses, “Optomechanical Systems Engineering,” and “Introduction to Radiometry: The Propagation and Measurement of Optical Radiant Energy,” from Jan. 13 through March 23. Participants of “Optomechanical Systems Engineering” will gain further knowledge towards the development of optomechanical components. The “Introduction to Radiometry” course will provide tools to understand radiometric propagation laws and the outcome of optical radiant power calculations. In addition, UC Irvine Extension will also offer a free webinar titled, “Radiometry Rides to the Rescue in Optical System Characterization and Evaluation,” on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to provide an inside look at the optical engineering design process of a satellite launch mission.

“In an industry that is rapidly developing, professionals must remain continually educated to effectively compete in this job market,” said Dr. Dave Dimas, director of engineering, sciences and information technology at UC Irvine Extension. “Our course participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully work on the forefront of the industry.”

Winter Quarter Courses:Optomechanical Systems Engineering (Jan. 13 through March 23) – Taught by course instructor, Keith J. Kasunic, Ph.D., participants will expand practical knowledge of building optical hardware with a systems-level overview of optomechanical engineering. The course focus is placed on real-world design problems, as well as the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components used to solve these problems.

Introduction to Radiometry (Jan. 13 through March 23) – This course, taught by Barbara G. Grant M.S., will cover source properties, blackbody radiation laws and approximations, and properties of optical materials including transmission, reflection, absorption, and emission. At the end of this course, participants will grasps concepts related to the equation of radiative transfer and present simplifications to permit the solution of many practical problems.

Course instructor, Barbara G. Grant will host the free webinar, “Radiometry Rides to the Rescue in Optical System Characterization and Evaluation,” and provide a step-by-step account of the optical engineering design process of a nationally-critical satellite launch mission. To register for the webinar on Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, please visit

For more information on the Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design Certificate Programs, please visit To register for the courses, call 949-824-5414 or visit

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit