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2019 Tutorial and Short Course Schedule

Optical Design with SYNOPSYS™

Date:  10/2-10/4, 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: University of Arizona Student Union
1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Instructor: Don Dilworth

Training outline:
The training will start with a brief introduction of the SYNOPSYS™ software.  It will then focus on the use of SYNOPSYS™ for advance optical system designs.  You will learn about the powerful features in SYNOPSYS™, such as its PSD optimization, its automatic design search methods: DSEARCH, GSEARCH, ZSEARCH, and other automatic global search methods based on the Saddle Point Build algorithm (SPB) such as AEI (Automatic Element Insertion).  Don will also touch on other topics, for example, free form design if time allows.

Cost: $2,000 per person
Early bird special at $1,600/person available if registered and paid before 8/31/19.  

Reminders for Attendees

Getting There:
The training is held at the 'Santa Cruz' room(room 346) in the Student Union Memorial Center.
Click here to download the Student Union floorplan and Parking Map.pdf to find out the location of the room in the Center and parking logistics.

Please bring your own laptop and make sure that you have the newest version of SYNOPSYS(TM) Lens Design Software installed.

Security key:
Please bring your own security key. If you don’t have one, or cannot bring it with you for this training, please email We will prepare a temporary key for you.

Hotel recommendations:
There are a lot of good lodging options around the University area. In general, we would recommend you to choose your lodging in the area that is east of 1st Ave and north of Broadway.
Below is a list of hotels in the vicinity of the University.
The first two, Marriott and Aloft, are bordering the University campus. It is an easy walk to the training location from these two hotels.
The 3rd and 4th recommendations in the list, Adobe Rose Inn and Arizona Inn, are two beautiful boutique hotels in Tucson. They are about 1.5 miles from the training site. It would be a short drive or a longer walk (about30 minutes).
The last two on the list are further away (about 4 miles) and you will need a rental car or ride-hailing services.

There are also a lot of Airbnbs available around the University area. They can provide you some alternative lodging options. The above mentioned general area for lodging (east of 1st Ave, north of Broadway) will still be a good guideline to follow.
· Marriott University Park: .com/hotels/travel/tusmp-tucson-marriott-university-park/
· Aloft Tucson University: .com/hotels/travel/tusal-aloft-tucson-university/
· Adobe Rose Inn:
· Arizona Inn:
· La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tucson - Reid Park:
· Lodge on the Desert:
If you have questions about the training, or you are interested in arranging a customized on-site session tailored to your specific applications, please contact us at: