OPCN

Optics and Photonics College Network (OPCN)

An Association of Postsecondary Photonics Technician Educators Organized and Operated by OP‑TEC

OP-TEC formed the Optics and Photonics College Network (OPCN) in early 2009. OPCN is an association of postsecondary photonics technician educators organized and operated by OP-TEC. Members include faculty and administrators from 2-year colleges (or 2-year campuses of 4-year colleges) that are currently providing education and training for technicians in optics and photonics. There are no membership fees to join.

The goals of the OPCN are to:

  • Expand the capacity of U.S. colleges by strengthening and enhancing existing and new photonics technician education offerings and by enlarging student enrollment.
  • Provide networking opportunities with colleagues.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to OPCN members.
  • Facilitate the sharing of ideas and best practices in curriculum, teaching, labs, student recruitment, student retention and relations with employers.
  • Provide advice and guidance to OP-TEC regarding its initiatives, strategies and services.

To request more information about OPCN and/or membership enrollment, please contact us via our contact form, call 254-751-9000 or e-mail op-tec@op-tec.org.

We invite you to view the list below of current OPCN member institutions. Click on the college name or website link to go to the institution’s website. Contact names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses are also provided for each institution.

OPCN Membership Directory

( * = OPCN Coordinator )

Anoka Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College

13200 Mississippi River Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
www.anokaramsey.edu
Jon Olson
Director of Training, Manufacturing Technology/Industrial Engineering
763-433-1189
jon.olson@anokaramsey.edu


Baker College

1050 W. Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507
http://www.baker.edu/programs-degrees/photonics-and-laser-technology/
*Anca Sala
Dean, Engineering and Computer Technology
810-766-4111
anca.sala@baker.edu


Camden County College

200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012
http://www.camdencc.edu/academics/departments/photonics-laser-electro-optic-tech/
*Fred Seeber
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Photonics
856-227-7200 x4475
fseeber@camdencc.edu


Cape Fear Community College

4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
www.cfcc.edu
*Mark Gray
Instructor, Electronics Engineering Technology
910-362-7391
mlgray27@mail.cfcc.edu


Central Carolina Community College

1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd.
Lillington, NC 27546
www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/lasersphotonics/
*Gary Beasley
Lead Instructor, Laser and Photonics Technology
910-893-9101
gbeasley@cccc.edu


Central New Mexico Community College

525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
http://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/all-programs-a-z/advanced-systems-technology
*Michael Cranney
Associate Dean, School of Applied Technologies
505-224-3770
mcranney@cnm.edu


Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223
www.cincinnatistate.edu
*Larry Feist
Program Chair, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology – Laser Major
513-569-1428
larry.feist@cincinnatistate.edu


College of Lake County

19351 West Washington
Grayslake, IL 60030
www.clcillinois.edu/programs/lpo/
*Bill Kellerhals
Assistant Professor of Lasers, Photonics, Optics
847-543-6066
bkellerhals@clcillinois.edu


Front Range Community College

Boulder County Campus
2120 Miller Dr.
Longmont, CO 80501
https://www.frontrange.edu/campuses/campus-locations/boulder-county-campus
*Deb Craven
Optics Program Lead
303-678-3868
Deborah.Craven@frontrange.edu


Gallatin College

Montana State University
101 Hamilton Hall
P.O. Box 170515
Bozeman, MT 59717
http://www.gallatin.montana.edu
*Trenton Berg
Program Director, Photonics and Laser Technology
406-994-5147
trenton.berg@montana.edu


Idaho State University (2-yr program)

921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8380
Pocatello, ID 83209
http://www.isu.edu/ctech/robotics
*Rob Shroll
Professor, College of Technology
208-282-4007
nortrand@isu.edu


Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501
www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/laser.html
*Greg Kepner
Director, Midwest Photonics Education Center
641-683-5284
greg.kepner@indianhills.edu
Frank Reed
Professor, Laser and Optics Technology
641-683-5215
frank.reed@indianhills.edu


Indian River State College

3209 Virginia Avenue
Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
http://www.laser-tec.org
*Moamer Hasanovic
Assistant Professor, Electronics Engineering Technology
772-462-7743
mhasanov@irsc.edu
Chrys Panayiotou
Director, Southeast Laser & Fiber Optics Regional Education Center (LASER-TEC)
772-462-7621
cpanayio@irsc.edu
Natalia Chekhovskaya Kearney
Program Manager, LASER-TEC
772-462-7295
nchekhov@irsc.edu
Lauren Hays
Program Coordinator, Electronics Engineering Technology
772-462-7179
lhays@irsc.edu


Irvine Valley College / Advanced Technology and Education Park (IVC/ATEP)

15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, CA 92782
http://academics.ivc.edu/physci/photonics
*Desiré Whitmore
Assistant Professor of Photonics
949-282-2704
Dwhitmore@ivc.edu
Brian Monacelli
IVCphotonics@IVC.edu

Johnson County Community College

12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299
http://catalog.jccc.edu/degreecertificates/electronicstechnology/electronics-technology-aas/
*Hugh King
913-469-8500 x3204
mkingjr@jccc.edu


Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-8506
http://catalog.lwtech.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=4&poid=1061&returnto=150
*Stephanie Bostwick
Assistant Professor, Engineering
425-739-8100
stephanie.bostwick@lwtech.edu


Maui Community College

310 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, HI 96732
www.maui.hawaii.edu/ecet/site/?page_id=2
*Mark Hoffman
Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology
808-984-3321
markhoff@hawaii.edu


Monroe Community College

1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
http://www.monroecc.edu/depts/eomctech/programs/optical-technology/
*Alexis Vogt
Associate Professor & Endowed Chair, Optical Systems Technology
585-292-2685
avogt4@monroecc.edu


Niagara College

300 Woodlawn Road, Mail stop: Technology
Welland, ON, CANADA L3C 7L3
www.niagaracollege.ca
*Alexander McGlashan
Coordinator of Photonics Technology
905-735-2211, ext. 7513
amcglashan@niagaracollege.ca


North Central State College

2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, OH 44906
www.ncstatecollege.edu/cms/academics/degrees/associate-degrees/manufacturing-technology
*Christina Barker
Professor, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Design
419-755-4710
cbarker@ncstatecollege.edu


Northwestern Michigan College

1701 Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
https://www.nmc.edu/programs/academic-programs/engineering-technology/
*Brian Sweeney
Adjunct Instructor, Electronics Technology
231-995-1300
bsweeney@nmc.edu


Oregon Institute of Technology

27500 SW Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
www.oit.edu/programs/klamath-falls/electrical-engineering/overview
*Scott Prahl
Associate Professor, Optoelectronics Program Director, Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy
503-821-1344
scott.prahl@oit.edu


Pima Community College

202 West Anklam Road
Tucson, AZ 85709
www.pima.edu/programs-courses/credit-programs-degrees/trade-professions/technology/technology-aas.html
*Chien-Wei Han
Instructor, Science & Technology
520-206-6829
chan@pima.edu
Larry Hong
Chair,Technology Department
520-206-6603
lazaro.hong@pima.edu


Puerto Rico Photonics Institute Universidad Metropolitana

Puerto Rico Photonics Institute UMET School of Science and Technology
PO Box 21150
San Juan, PR 00926-1150
http://umet.suagm.edu/prpi
*Jonathan Friedman
Director and Associate Professor
787-878-2612 x256
jsfriedman@suagm.edu
Andres Diaz
Assistant Research Professor
787-966-1717 x96618
adiazg@suagm.edu


Southeast Technical / Minnesota State College

1250 Homer Rd
Winona, MN 55987
http://www.southeastmn.edu/academic_programs/_program/Default.aspx?pid=21
*Marc Kalis
Instructor, Electronic Technology/Biomedical/Nano Technology
507-453-2674
mkalis@southeastmn.edu

Spokane Community College

1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217
http://www.scc.spokane.edu/TechEd/Electronics
*Judy Irwin
Instructor, Electronics Technology
509-533-7133
Judy.Irwin@scc.spokane.edu
Steve Wilson
Department Chair, Electronics
509-533-7131
steve.wilson@scc.spokane.edu

State Technical College of Missouri

One Technology Drive
Linn, MO 65051
https://www.statetechmo.edu/academic/eet/index.php
*Derek Brown
Instructor, Electronics Engineering Technology
573-897-5184
derekl.brown@statetechmo.edu
Terry Franchini
Instructor, Electronics Engineering Technology
573-897-5225
terry.franchini@statetechmo.edu
Drew Collins
Chair, Electronics Engineering Technology
573-897-5227
drew.collins@statetechmo.edu


Texas State Technical College Waco

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, TX 76705
http://www.tstc.edu/programs/LaserElectroOpticsTechnology
*John O. Pedrotti
Department Chair, Laser Electro-Optics/Nanotechnology
254-867-3173
john.pedrotti@tstc.edu


Three Rivers Community College

574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
http://catalog.threerivers.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=3&poid=306&returnto=104
*Daniel Courtney
Professor
860-215-9417
dcourtney@trcc.commnet.edu


Tri-County Technical College

P.O. Box 587
7900 Highway 76
Pendleton, SC 29670
www.tctc.edu/x1141.xml
*Dorian McIntire
Program Coordinator, General Engineering Technology
864-646-1481
dmcinti1@tctc.edu


Valencia College

1800 South Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
www.valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/engineering/eet.cfm
Nasser Hedayat
Dean, Architecture, Engineering & Technology
407-582-1902
nhedayat@valenciacollege.edu


Wayne County Community College

8200 Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48219
http://www.wcccd.edu/dept/ITI.php
Emmanuel Njoku
Business/Laser Instructor & Advisor
313-943-4500
enjoku1@wcccd.edu
BobLuke Wejinya
Instructor
Computer & Information Sciences
bwejiny1@wcccd.edu


Westchester Community College

75 Grasslands Rd
Valhalla, NY 10595
http://www.sunywcc.edu/contact/division-of-mathematics-computer-engineering-physical-sciences-technologies/
*Kyriakos Ioannou
Curriculum Chair of Electrical Technology
914-606-8561
kary.ioannou@sunywcc.edu


Individual Members

Tom Millen
Electronics Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
812-854-1936
tommillen@aol.com


Midwest Photonics Education Center

Indian Hills Community College
626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Director
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: greg.kepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.midwestphotonics.org
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Dr. Chrys Panayiotou
Director
Office: 772-462-7621
E-mail: cpanayio@irsc.edu
Website: http://www.laser-tec.org
Specialization: Fiber Optics

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Texas State Technical College

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
Mr. John O. Pedrotti
Department Chair, Lasers & Nanotechnology
Office: 254-867-3173
E-mail: john.pedrotti@tstc.edu
Website:http://www.tstc.edu/programs/LaserElectroOpticsTechnology
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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Irvine Valley College / Advanced Technology and Education Park (IVC / ATEP)

15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, California 92782
Brian Monacelli
Office: 949-282-2706
E-mail: IVCphotonics@IVC.edu
Website: http://academics.ivc.edu/physci/photonics
Specialization: Photonics in Education/Training for Employed Technicians

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Camden County College

200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Dr. Fred Seeber
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Photonics
Office: 856-227-7200 (ext. 4475)
E-mail: fseeber@camdencc.edu
Website:http://www.camdencc.edu/academics/departments/photonics-laser-electro-optic-tech/

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New York Photonics

Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
Thomas Battley, Executive Director
1565 Jefferson Rd, #420
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: 585-329-4029
E-mail: tbattley@newyorkphotonics.org
Website – New York Photonics: www.newyorkphotonics.org

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New Mexico Optics Industry Association

Jim McNalley, Chairman
851 University Blvd., SE
Suite 203
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: 505-767-1200
E-mail: info@nmoia.org
Website: www.nmoptics.com

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Florida Photonics Cluster

Florida Photonics Cluster
James E. Pearson, Executive Director
12424 Research Parkway, Ste. 100
Orlando, Florida 32826
E-mail: jpearson@creol.ucf.edu
Website: www.floridaphotonicscluster.org

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Colorado Photonics Industry Association

Garry Gorsuch, Director
5733 Central Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone: 303-834-1022
E-mail: exec@coloradophotonics.org
Website: www.coloradophotonics.org

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Carolinas Photonics Consortium

Jeff Conley, Director
1754 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 101
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Phone: 864-325-4700
E-mail: jcon@charter.net
Website: www.carolinasphotonics.com

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Optics Valley

c/o Arizona Technology Council
John Dennis, Chair
9070 South Rita Road, #1550
Tucson, AZ 85747
E-mail: Chair@OpticsValleyAZ.org
Website: www.OpticsValleyAZ.org

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Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Department Chair, Industrial Technology
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: gkepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/laser.html
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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