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November 16, 2017 - David Shafer

November 16, 2017 - David Shafer

Click to Signup Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA 02420
Dinner Reservation Deadline: November 13, 2017 @ 6pm

Highlights of my 51 Years in Optical Design

Dave Shafer will show many examples of interesting optical design projects from his long career (still going, by the way).  These include a formerly top secret new way to detect the presence of Russian submarines, with technology that can now - 50 years later - be bought for $50 on the internet and used to see if you (a movie star) are being stalked by paparazzi.  Also an  optical device, which you probably have in your home, that allows one to see back through the door peep-hole viewers from the outside and reverse their function, now used by police and firemen.  An unusual new type of stereo viewer was designed for Salvador Dali, who had done some stereo painting pairs.  Dave's lithographic designs for making computer chips are made by Zeiss and they have made many hundreds at a cost about $50 million each, with highly aspheric surfaces that are made to atomic level accuracy.



David Shafer, David Shafer Optical Design

David Shafer has been a designer of optical systems for the last 51 years.  After working in industry for 15 years he started his own one-person design and consulting company in 1980.  He has about 150 patents for unusual optical designs and has published and spoken widely about new optical designs and design methods.  Most of his work for the last 20 years has been for Carl Zeiss, in Germany.  His most odd business client was the surrealist artist Salvador Dali, in 1980.  Today all state of the art computer chips are made using a new type of lithographic optical system that Dave invented in 2006.  One of Dave's novel telescope designs was on the Cassini spacecraft that went to Saturn, while other ones went to the asteroid Vesta, the planetoid Ceres, and landed on a comet.


Dinner & Meeting reservations must be made by 6 PM, November 13, 2017.  We can no longer accept dinner reservations after this cutoff.
Meeting-Only registrations are appreciated by Wednesday November 15, 2017.  Walk-ins are acceptable for the meeting-only.

Please make online reservations via the "Click to signup" button above.

Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at (617) 454-4693. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM.

When making reservation requests, please provide the following information:

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


MIT Lincoln Laboratory
3 Forbes Road
Lexington, MA 02420

(Map to MIT Lincoln Laboratory)

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:45, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Vegetarian option available on request

Dinner Prices:

   Register on/before
 DINNER Reservation Date 
 Late Reservations
Based on Availability
 NES/OSA Members and their guests   $30.00 each   $35.00 
 Non-members   $35.00 (See NOTE Below)   $40.00 
 Students   $5.00   $5.00 
 Post-Docs   $15.00   $15.00 









NOTE: The NES/OSA has not changed dinner prices in several years but has been facing higher costs. We have increased the cost of dinner by $5 this year. We will try to accommodate late reservations but cannot not guarantee that a meal will be available.

General Information on NES/OSA Meetings

Cancellations and No-shows:

If the meeting must be cancelled for any reason, we will try to call you at the phone number you leave with your reservation. Official notice of cancellation will be on our answering machine.

We have to pay for the dinners reserved as of the Tuesday before the meeting, so no-shows eat into our cash reserve. If you will not be able to attend, please let us know as early as possible. Otherwise, no-shows will be billed.

Membership Rates:

Regular members $15.00
Student members free




NOTE: The extra $5.00 of the non-member dinner fee can be used toward membership dues if the nonmember joins and pays dues for the current year at the meeting.