May 16, 2018

Zemax celebrates the International Day of Light

Zemax celebrates the International Day of Light

Today is the first International Day of Light, which founder UNESCO describes as “a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.” As a company with light at its very core, we asked our team members to comment on what light means to them and how it’s impacted their careers and lives.

“Learning about light and quantized energy changed the trajectory of my education and career. It’s incredible that light can be used to demonstrate some of the most seemingly abstract concepts of quantum mechanics, but that it also has such a wide range of practical applications, from lidar to 3D printing. And how cool is it that Zemax software helps engineers turn light into innovative new systems? I love my job.”

Kristen Norton, OpticStudio Product Manager

“Before joining Zemax, I simply thought about optical design in regards to cameras. But now that I’ve ‘seen the light,’ so to speak, I am sitting here at my desk, and can spot at least 25 different optical products just by swiveling my chair in circle. And knowing that Zemax has had a hand in the making of almost all of those makes my job really rewarding. My job impacts my life in a positive way, other than simple employment.”

Dan Hamann, Chief Revenue Officer

“What amazes me about light is the ability to capture, generate, and deliver energy. There are so many applications for this today, and an infinite world of possibilities ahead. Light is our most abundant source of energy and I think it has the ability to continue reshaping how we live, work, and travel—all while reducing our negative impact on the environment.”

Amir Khorram, Director of American Sales

“Light is very important in just about all aspects of our lives. Not only is it fundamentally vital to the existence of life itself as it creates life through photosynthesis, but the many applications of light have drastically changed and shaped our society through medicine, communications, entertainment, and culture.”

Tom Pickering, Associate Product Manager

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