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Optical Design Eng. Intern

Date: Jan 6, 2019

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.


In this role as a summer engineering intern position you will support the manufacturing and engineering of world-class, high-precision optical systems. This is a dynamic position for an individual to work as part of Corning Advanced Optics’ optical design team to model, tolerance, and analyze complex optical systems from concept to completion.


Your primary duties will encompass developing optical simulation and analysis tools to aid in understanding optical performance of lens systems between hardware laboratory measurements and theoretical design. We will also engage in assessing new lens opportunities for performance and manufacturing build strategies.


  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science - Junior or Senior Year with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Coursework in geometrical optics, physical optics, aberration theory, and interferometry.
  • We need you to have strong organizational skills and be detail oriented.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of analysis tools such as Mathematica, Mathcad, or Visual Basic programming in Excel.
  • Experience with major optical design software desired (e.g. CODE V, Zemax, LightTools, ASAP, etc.).


Are you a self-starter, passionate about optical engineering and have a high level of technical curiosity?

Are you dedicated, open to new ideas and recognized for your flexibility to change?


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.



We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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