Since January 2003, Dr. Dale Buralli has served as Chief Scientist at Apollo Optical Systems, Inc. At Apollo, he is responsible for the design and optical modeling of a wide variety of optical systems, e.g., virtual/augmented reality, ophthalmic, and other imaging and illumination systems. In addition, he provides support for optical tooling of lens molds and prototypes, including the development of custom software for both production and metrology. Dr. Buralli is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, teaching a required graduate course in geometrical optics.
From 2000 until 2002, he was a Senior Scientist at Corning Rochester Photonics Corporation where his duties included optical modeling, performance analysis, and tolerancing for various photonic components and systems, such as 2D and 3D optical switches and cross-connects. From 1991 until 2000, he was employed by Sinclair Optics, where he was one of the principal developers of the OSLO® series of optical design software programs. His primary responsibilities included the development and implementation of algorithms for optical system design and analysis, including ray-tracing, geometric and diffraction-based image quality assessment, optimization of optical systems, Gaussian beam propagation, polarization analysis, and tolerancing. He received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and his Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester in 1991. His Ph.D. research was centered on the design of optical systems containing diffractive optical elements.