Contract Engineers | ASE Optics

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Meet the ASE Engineers

Dr. Wade Cook is an optical systems engineer and the engineering manager for ASE Optics.  He received his Ph.D. in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, his Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the U.S. Military Academy.  His dissertation research, conducted with Dr. Nicholas George, was in holography of moving objects and laser measurement of small amplitude, low frequency vibrations.  Before coming to ASE Optics, Wade was an optical systems engineer and project manager for ITT Geospatial Systems. There, he worked in various stages of the design, manufacture, assembly, and test of electro-optic remote sensing devices, including space and airborne systems.  He also worked in image chain analysis and lidar system simulation. His management experience includes leadership of U.S. Army units in the U.S., Italy, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.

Dr. Jennifer Rouke is an optical engineer at ASE optics. She received her Ph.D. in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and her B.A. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral research, conducted with Duncan T. Moore, was on birefringence in gradient-index (GRIN) materials. Her graduate studies involved both experimental and theoretical work including fabrication of gradient-index glass, interferometric measurement of index profiles and wavefronts, derivation of birefringent GRIN ray tracing equations, and modeling of fringe patterns. Before coming to ASE Optics, Jennifer was a senior optical analyst at ITT Geospatial Systems. There she performed extensive modeling and analysis of complex remote sensing systems. She also played a major role in the alignment of GeoEye-1 and WorldView-2, which are satellites that provide the highest resolution commercial Earth imaging currently available.

Dr. Blair Unger is a senior lens designer at ASE Optics. He received his Ph.D. in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and his B.A. in Physics from William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri). His doctoral research, under Dr. Duncan Moore, was in nonimaging optics for solar concentrators, specifically dimpled planar lightguides. Before joining ASE Optics, Blair was an optical design consultant developing imaging and nonimaging systems for an array of applications including concentrators, Fresnel lenses, telescopes, gradient index optics, and infrared optics. 

Andres Cifuentes is Director of European Sales & Engineering, and leads ASE Optics Europe. Mr. Cifuentes began a career in research and engineering after serving in the Colombian Air Force as a Logistics Squadron Commander and Chief of Research in the Military School of Aviation. He has worked as a research technician, optical engineer, and optics manager on projects ranging from development of thermal imaging optics for defense to the design and fabrication of 3D compact endoscope for laparoscopy to the design of a novel anamorphic imaging lens for cinematography. Andres received his BS in Physics from US Air Force Academy and is pursuing his Ph.D in Optical Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Campus Terrassa. His dissertation research is on diffraction modeling for optical systems design.

Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Anamorphic optics
  • Optics for cinematography
  • Thermal, IR and near-IR lens design
  • Sensors and system integration

Peter Emmel is an optical engineer at ASE Optics. His expertise spans technical and administrative areas amounting to over 38 years of experience, particularly in the fields of laser interferometry and metrology, optical system integration and alignment, lens design and testing, and mechanical system design. Mr. Emmel has served in technical and managerial capacities at Tropel, Coherent, Inc., Mendon Optronics (which he founded), Rochester Photonics Corp., and SEMROCK Inc. His educational background includes a degree in economics as well as optical engineering, management, and manufacturing training.

Jun Zou is a mechanical engineer at ASE Optics. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. His M.S. thesis focused on armature design and error modeling for multi-axis metrology machines. These machines are used by ASE Optics and OptiPro Systems of Ontario, NY in research funded by the Department of the Navy. Jun has experience in computer-aided design and finite element analysis. 

Greg Schenker is a mechanical engineer at ASE Optics. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). With 9 years of experience, he has worked on designing several modular machine vision zoom systems and custom products for the photonics industry.  He supports his projects with experience in project management, mechanical design, and manufacturing engineering of optical systems.  He works closely with sales, customers, and manufacturing to develop systems used in medical, manufacturing, defense, and metrology applications.

Keith Thorp is the production coordinator with ASE Optics. He received his Bachelors in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Keith has worked for more than two decades as an optical engineer and operations manager at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, with responsibilities for maintaining and operating high energy-density fusion class laser systems. Keith has experience working with large optical systems, energy transport measurements, optical system integration and alignment, laser sources, laser amplification, laser diagnostics, beam shaping, and frequency conversion. 


Hear from our customers

"Our custom lens supplier was unable to deliver our lens with the required resolution. We turned to ASE’s discovery service and learned that there was an error in our tolerance stack up that was causing the problem. We then transferred the assembly over to ASE and were finally able to achieve the resolution we needed."

- Tom, Biomedical imaging engineer at a startup company


ASE Optics
850 John Street
West Henrietta, NY 14586

Phone: (585) 303-1574
Fax: (585) 292-5459

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