IMAPS San Diego Chapter


The San Diego Chapter of IMAPS represents members from the greater San Diego area in California. As one of the most active chapters of IMAPS, meetings or events are typically held monthly as part of a lunch speaker series, with exception for summer break.

Get Involved
The San Diego Chapter always welcomes interested speakers and company hosts for upcoming meetings. Contact Chapter President Iris Labadie ( to express interest in:

  • Speaking at a chapter event
  • Hosting a chapter event at your facility
  • Sponsoring a chapter meeting or webinar
  • Joining IMAPS

Upcoming 2017 Chapter Events
Save the date! Each event will be activated with a registration link when more details become available. Click here to view all upcoming IMAPS events.

Past Chapter Events

April 25 Presentation and Lunch
James Webb Space Telescope: Parts, Materials and Processes
Presented by Dr. Michael Vernoy

Event Summary:

Topic: James Webb Space Telescope: Parts, Materials, and Processes
Presenter: Dr. Michael Vernoy - Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). JWST is a fascinating tennis court-sized infrared space telescope which will be NASA's premiere space observatory for the next decade. After launch, it will begin to unlock many secrets, including details of the universe's first stars, and of the formation of ours and other solar systems- including ones that could be supporting life.

Dr. Vernoy highlighted the challenges of material selection for the segmented mirrors and the sunshields to survive the space environment. While the Hubble telescope has a 2.4 meter mirror, the JWST features a larger segmented mirror- 6.5 meter diameter and will be located near Earth-Sun L2 point. The primary mirror segments are made of Beryllium and then coated with gold. A large sunshield will keep its mirror and four science instruments below 5K ( -220C ; - 370F). The sunshield will block heat and light from the Sun and Earth. The 3 major sections of the JWST include an optical telescope element, mirror and its structure, the Spacecraft Element which includes spacecraft bus + sunshield and the Integrated science instrument module which holds instruments and other systems. The Spacecraft Bus must support the 6.5 ton space telescope , while it itself weighs 350 Kg. It is made primarily of graphite material. The instruments module will have near IR camera, Near Infrared Spectrograph , Mid IR Instrument and Near IR imager + Slitless Spectrograph. The presentation was a good overview and insight into the challenges of design and architecture of the JWST telescope.



Chapter Officers

Iris Labadie
Chapter President

Bill Ishii
Vice Chair and Programs
IMAPS Advisor Chair

Jerry Aguirre

Jim Haley

Mumtaz Bora
Publicity Chair
Past President

Tong Cui
Membership Chair

Ken Kuang
Student Chair

Hannah Going

Ellen Karam

Wally Johnson
ACerS Advisor Chair

Meet the board!

Corporate Members

EMD Performance Materials
Kyocera International
Palomar Technologies
Quik-Pak, a division of Promex Industries
Accu-Tech Laser Processing, Inc.
AGC Electronics America
Presidio Components
Torrey Hills Technologies
Advanced Packaging Associates

Student Chapters

University of California San Diego






  • Amkor
  • ASE
  • Canon
  • EMD Performance Materials
  • Honeywell
  • Indium
  • Kester
  • Kyocera America
  • Master Bond
  • Micro Systems Technologies
  • MRSI
  • Palomar
  • Plexus
  • Promex
  • Qualcomm
  • Quik-Pak
  • Raytheon
  • Specialty Coating Systems