Breault Research Organization: Innovation through Adaptation

Mary Turner

How one company expanded its engineering consultancy to become a full-service optical software provider and engineering firm.


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The story of Breault Research Organization is a story of transformation. It begins in the late 1970s, when Robert Breault was a graduate student at the University of Arizona’s Optical Sciences Center. He was working to design a baffle system that would maximize suppression of stray light on the Hubble Space Telescope. At the time, there were no software tools that could perform the rigorous mathematics necessary to conduct the analysis. To complete the project, he developed his own code for baffle design, known as Arizona’s Program for the Analysis of Radiation Transfer, or APART.

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