I am relatively new to optical design but I have undertaken several projects and thoroughly enjoy it. I run the optics lab for the Engheta Group and have set up the optical tables with three lasers feeding four different experiments. On the table we employ a chopper, spectrometer, and several power meters. Additionally I have built a beam cleaner, motorized monochromator, motorized ellipsometer, and motorized goniometer Light can be carried from that table to our NSOM (also maintained by me) via a nanopositioned fiber optic coupler where it can be used in near-field optical measurements or other experiments involving the upright microscope,