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Donna Waters

CREOL Alum: Donna Waters

2002 MS in Optics,
1998 M.S. in Physics at University of California

Current Position: Principal, Proof of Concept Optical Engineering LLC
2002 - 2011: Senior Optical Engineer, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.
2000 - 2002: Graduate Research Assistant, CREOL

Donna Waters began her career as an experimental research physicist with a focus on photovoltaics and ultrafast laser spectroscopy.  During the 90's, she held research appointments at NASA, NREL, Sandia Labs, and ZAE-Bayern.

In the peak of the telecom boom, she joined Wave Optics' R&D group.  That experience inspired her to enroll in CREOL's graduate program in optics.

Upon graduation in 2002, she was hired as a stray light analyst at Ball Aerospace, supporting the optical design of high-profile space-based instruments, such as TSAT, OMPS, and GOES.  She also worked as a light engine optical designer for Micron Technologies.  Since early 2013, she has been consulting full-time as Proof of Concept Optical Engineering, LLC.  Her customers include sole-proprietor entrepreneurs, startups, large tech firms, government agencies, and universities.  She also provides tutoring in optics via Skype and Google Hangouts.

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