University of Rochester
Institute of OpticsPRAISE
Professor Fienup
Group members
Group Photos

April 25, 2017, The James Webb Space Telescope
was completely assembled at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and was to be shipped the following week to Johnson Space Center in Houston for further testing. This is a "selfie" from an observation deck just a few yards from it. (You can only see 12 of the 18 gold-plated hexagonal mirror segments here since the other 6 are in the folded-back position, like it will be when they put it into a rocket to launch it in October 2018). It's huge!

Disc Golf at Basil Marella Park, Feb. 23, 2017
It can be nice in Rochester in the dead of winter

Jim, Scott, Aaron and Matt

Bristol Mountain, Jan. 3, 2013
Alex & Maria, Zack & Lindsay, Jim, and Matt

At the induction into the National Academy of Engineering, Sept. 30, 2012
Aaron & Abbie (Tippie) Watnik, Tom Zielinski, Patty, Jim, and Matt Bolcar

Cryo-vac chamber at Johnson Space Center (JSC), Oct. 9, 2012
where NASA will test the assembled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)


NASA's JWST Product Integrity Team (PIT) at the JSC test chamber, Oct. 9, 2012

Disc Golf at MCC March 15, 2012
Jim, Matt, Zack, Alden, Abbie and Alex

Note: the dates above and below are NOT a typo -- skiiing one day, disc golf in 70° weather six days later

Skiing at Bristol Mountain March 9, 2012
Jim, Abbie, Zack and Matt

Disc Golf May 10, 2011
Prof. Hidekazu Mimura (Visiting Scientist -- Professor at U. Tokyo), Jim, Zack, Abhishek and Dustin

(photo by Tom Zielinski)

Hidekazu, Tom, Zack, Abhishek and Dustin

Moving 11/2010
So how does one move a 2,000-lb, 12-ft x 4-ft x 18-in thick optical table
from the 5th floor of one building into the 4th floor of another?
-- very carefully

Rock Climbing -- March 23, 2007

Disc Golf -- December 15, 2006
Jim, Tom, and Manuel get in some late-year disc golf.

Disc Golf -- March 2006
Manuel, Tom, Nathan and Jim catch some sunny March weather in Rochester.

(Photo by Nathan Clark)

At Ball Aerospace, 3/2/06
Jim and Matt Bolcar join Ball Aerospace and NASA researchers, posing in front of the test bed for wavefront sensing and control for the future James Webb Space Telescope. Jim is standing in the center, with the jaunty clean-room cap. Where's Matt? (answer below)

(Photo courtesy of NASA)

Rock Climbing at Rock Ventures, 2/16/06
Back (left to right): Emily, Dan, Tom, Matt, Julianna, Greg, Nate, Kathleen;
Front: Young-Sang, Seul-Byul, Seung-Whan, Jim

(Photo by P. Fienup)

Group visiting a full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope
in Rochester, NY, August 2005.
L to R: Sapna, Greg, Tom, Nathan, Matt, Brad (honorary group member), Brijesh, Jim & Sam.

(Photo by P. Fienup)

Where's Waldo ? Can you find Matt Bolcar in the picture below?
NASA JWST workers, Goddard Space Flight Center, Sept. 2005

(Photo courtesy of NASA)

Disc Golf 2
Disc golf outing in April 2005 (80 degrees F, sun shining in Rochester in April!).
L/R: Sapna Shroff, Greg Brady, Jim Fienup, Matt Bolcar, Tom Zielinski, Nathan Clark

(Photo by Nathan Clark)

Disc Golf 1
Disc golf outing in June 2004.
L/R: Jim Fienup, Matt Bolcar, Nathan Clark, Abbie Tippie, Andrew Berger

(Photo by Nathan Clark)


(Anwer to first "Where's Matt?": front row, third from right)
(Answer to second "Where's Matt?": middle right area)

Rock Climbing
(click on thumbnail for larger image)
Dan and Kathleen clipping in.
Emily and Nathan belay for Greg and Tom.
Greg as Spiderman
The "wall" in "wall-ninja" is superfluous.
Matt getting to know the climbing wall.
Mrs. Fienup belaying Prof. Fienup
Tom attacks the corner.
Nathan reaching for chalk.
Almost to the top.
Sean chimneys up, but not too high.

Disc Golf
Abbie driving.
Andrew Berger boldly going where no Optics Professor has gone before, trying to retreive an errant disc.
Prof. Berger tosses.
Jim putting. "cha-ching"
Matt driving.

Lab Renovation
Jim DePinto and Sam Thurman deciding what to do about remodeling one of the labs.
Q: How do you get a 12-foot x 4-foot table out of you lab?
A: Out the window:
Q: What do you do then?
A: Lower it very carefully.

FYI: this is not the monolith from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. OR IS IT? Compare with the Original (click on the thumbnail in the right column, second from top).

6th Annual CfAO Summer School
Sapna, Matt, and Nathan at Pigeon Point's lighthouse.
CfAO participants from Fienuplab. L/R: Sean, Matt, Sapna, Nathan

Fienup (2005)