While working for the California-based VISX Corporation, Charles Munnerlyn pioneered the first laser-based systems for vision correction, a technology that has improved the lives of millions of people the world over. The Ph.D. optics engineer, who was the 2001 Design News Engineer of the Year, discusses the optic field’s newest challenges with Contributing Editor Larry Maloney.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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