The Practical Optics Workshop’s educational outreach program, CODE V Café, is dedicated to providing an academic study of optical system design and illumination system design and analysis. Interested participants can attend all or some of them as needed.

Participants will develop optical software skills to apply during various practical imaging and illumination optical system design examples and real-world problems. The opening presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of CODE V optical design software, rendering the forum accessible and beneficial to participants of all levels. Also, the forum will include a few advanced topics covering optimization, tolerancing, and non-sequential stray light analysis.

As the title of the forum suggests, each session will include high-quality, local coffee from around Tucson, sponsored by the POW program. This community-centered forum is designed for an audience of optics students with various backgrounds. Individual advice with research projects will be provided as needed and upon request.

Workshop instructors: Trenton Brendel, Sara Mendoza, David Vega, Travis Sawyer, Soheila Boojari, Xuan Wang, Benjamin Cromey, Brandon Hellman, Hyukmo Kang, Yanqi Zhang

Educational Consulting

Are you using Synopsys CODE V or LightTools for your research here at the University of Arizona? Do you need expert advice?

Contact the Optical Design Team to set up a one-on-one appointment with a certified CODE V consultant. Our team has been professionally trained in the use of CODE V and LightTools. Click the “Set an appointment” button, and login to your Google account with your “” email.

Book an appointment using SetMore

This service is only available to current University of Arizona Professors, researchers, and students. The team is unable to help with industry projects, homework, or lab work for classes. For any inquiry please send an email to:


The Practical Optics Workshop Team would like to thank Craig Pansing, Matt Novak, and Synopsys for their generous support of the program and their help in enabling the CODE V Café.

Participants Feedback

The members of the Practical Optics Workshop team appreciate your candid feedback on our educational efforts. Please let us know your thoughts and comments if you recently joined one of the One-on-One Educational Consulting sessions or the CODE V Café using these links.