Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Rules

Competition Rules

The Synopsys Optical Solutions Group invites you to participate in its Optical Design Competition, which recognizes excellence in optical design projects completed by students. Students can enter an optical design class assignment or thesis work. Awards totalling $10,000 are granted. To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program in North America, working toward a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. Your work must have been completed using CODE VLightTools, LucidShape, RSoft, or the PIC Design Suite software, and demonstrate knowledge of optics, optical engineering, and optical design software. All entries completed and turned in to your professor during the current school year are eligible.

Please note that past winners are not eligible.

Due Date

Entries should be received at Synopsys, Pasadena by June 15, 2020. If you are mailing your entry, your entry must be postmarked on or before this date.

Entry Form

Download a PDF version of our entry form that can be viewed, filled in, and printed using Acrobat Reader. If you don't have a copy of Acrobat Reader, go to the Adobe Web site, where you can download it for free.

Submission Requirements

  • Project/Paper may be submitted "as is". No special format is required.
  • For project reports that exceed 10 pages in length, please submit a short synopsis of your project of no more than 10 pages. Any figures included in the synopsis should be identical to those in the original project report.
  • Project/Paper may be submitted electronically. Please email your entry form, paper, and supporting files to: You will receive an email acknowledgement once your entry is received.
  • A printed version, with supporting files on a CD, may also be mailed to Synopsys at: 
    Synopsys Optical Solutions Group 
    Attn: Student Optical Design Competition
    199 S. Los Robles Avenue, Suite 400
    Pasadena, CA  91101
  • Professor signature required (designated space is on the entry form).
  • Additional CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, RSoft, and/or PIC Design Suite output and explanations of how our software was used in the project/paper is required if not part of the original paper. This additional information is optional if the software use is already explained in the paper.

Criteria for Judging

  • Relative to student's degree and course work
  • Level of CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, RSoft, and/or PIC Design Suite software use in paper/project
  • How well paper/project conforms to course/project assignment definition
  • Innovative use of our software


  • The competition is limited to students attending North American Universities and Colleges.
  • Past winners of this competition are not eligible.
  • Decision of judges is final.
  • Papers will not be returned or critiqued.
  • Synopsys has the right to publish the winner's name, university, and CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, RSoft, and/or PIC Design Suite images from winning papers for promotional purposes.
  • Synopsys also has the right to use CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, RSoft, and/or PIC Design Suite models submitted by students for training or promotional purposes.