Jennifer Kruschwitz - Digital Rochester’s 2012 Technology Woman of the Year - is like a chef.
“Let’s just say I make desserts.”
She’s actually an optical engineer. But this is how she explains her job to people like me - and her mother.
“I could have a customer say, ‘I have this type of oven, I have these ingredients in my pantry and I would like to be able to make your soufflé,’ ” explains Kruschwitz.
So she whips up a test recipe and sends it off to that customer.
They give it a try - seeing if the “soufflé” has the right consistency, if it’s tasty, if it springs back just so.
Then the customer sends Kruschwitz some feedback. She makes the appropriate tweaks and then sends the customer the real recipe.
“So that they could make chocolate soufflé in their own ovens and they could call it by whatever name they needed to call it,” says Kruschwitz. “And that’s what I do in coatings.”
Optical coatings - for things like surgical lights, cell phone cameras and movie projectors.