Dr. Rich Seugling (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Sensor basics for Precision Engineering
The goal of this tutorial is to cover the fundamental properties and applications of sensors used in precision engineering. This tutorial will cover important definitions and concepts needed for Precision applications. Because of the broad spectrum of sensors available the authors will focus on fundamentals and a manageable number of key sensor technologies that are common to precision applications. Sensor types that will be discussed include displacement, environmental, force and optical. Discussion will include basics of operation and some common precision applications.

Participants of this tutorial should have a basic understanding of signals and systems including some fundamentals of precision design. Material will be tailored to engineering professionals and students with basic knowledge of electronics and engineering.


Dr. Richard M. Seugling is the Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader within the Materials Engineering Division (MED) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  He has been at LLNL since 2004 and has been supporting experimental programs on the National Ignition Facility for over 15 years. He began his career in the Precision Systems and Manufacturing group in the Materials Engineering Division supporting the National Ignition Campaign (NIC) before transitioning to the Defense Technologies Engineering Division focusing on High Energy Density Science (HEDS).
Prior to joining LLNL, Dr. Seugling was serving a post doctorate appointment from the National Research Council (NRC) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) where he worked in the Mass and Force group looking at alternative methods for defining the unit of mass. He has spent the last 15 plus years advancing Precision manufacturing and metrology through international organizations and is an active member of the international Precision Engineering community currently serving on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Precision Design Technical Leadership Committee.
Dr. Seugling holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Session 2: Precision Design Introduction
Session 2: Precision Design Live Q&A Discussion