June 13, 2018
This month, meet Brian Mischuck, Computational Physicist and amateur photographer who says that working at Zemax allows him to have an "outsized impact." Just like Godzilla.
Briefly describe what you do all day.
I'm primarily focused on the physics and math core of OpticStudio. Most projects will start out with some research to develop a pencil and paper model, then move on to developing code to implement the model in OpticStudio. Along the way I'll work with the optical engineers who are testing the new feature. Once the feature is released into the wild, we will get feedback from users and, based on that, we may start another round of research and development to refine the feature.
What's the best thing about your job?
Making fun of Dr. Tom's beard. (Yes, he said that!) I enjoy the mixture of getting to learn new science and getting to build things people actually use.
What's the best thing about Zemax?
Working with and learning from such smart co-workers. Also, given how important OpticStudio is to the optics industry, and how important optics is to the broader world, working here is a great way to have an outsized impact.
What does your workspace look like?
A coffee mug, some notes and a pile of papers I want to but probably will never get around to reading
Who is one of your role models and why?
Godzilla, because stomping on things is fun
What's been one of your proudest moments working at Zemax?
Of all the features I've worked on, the enhancements to the photoluminescence model is my favorite.
What do you like to do when you're not at the office?
Photography, a little hiking
If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?
Time travel. You could pretty much solve all problems by just letting a computer calculate for billions of years, then send the answer back to you.
What is the song title that best describes your personality?
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey by the Beatles
Best Star Wars villain?
How would you most like to time travel?
DeLorean is the only way to travel.
I can't function without WorkFlowy.
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