Wizarding World of Don Silberman


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Wizarding World of Don Silberman
Donn Silberman, aka “Dr. Donn, the Wizard of Light,” has garnered a few accolades recently.

Donn Silberman, aka “Dr. Donn, the Wizard of Light,” has garnered a few accolades recently.

In November 2012 he received the UC Irvine Extension dean’s Outstanding Service Award for his efforts founding and implementing the optical engineering and instrument design certificate programs. A month later he won the 2012-2013 UA Honors College Advocate for Education Award and gave the keynote address at the College’s precommencement ceremony.

More recently, SPIE Professional magazine published his article, Optics Outreach Evolves, about his OptoBotics program at the Optics Institute of Southern California that combines optics, photonics and robotics to encourage high school students to get into the optics-photonics field. “The past year has been extraordinary for me personally as many good things have happened,” said Silberman, who founded the nonprofit OISC in 2003 to offer high-quality optics education and outreach programs.

The “Dr. Don, Wizard of Light” moniker derives from his role as an Edmund Optics Super Hero, in which he seeks to inspire young minds by creatively teaching science and optics with a fun, hands-on approach. The objective, he said, is to empower “the young and young at heart” to “embrace their love of science” and help shape the upcoming generation of optical engineers.


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