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OP-TEC Newsletter – August 2019

Farewell from OP-TEC In less than two weeks, OP-TEC will complete our operations, and I will finally retire. I began my career in lasers 57 years ago, when my engineering manager at Westinghouse Defense Center reassigned me to build new

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OP-TEC Newsletter – July 2019

Are you preparing your students for the knowledge and skills that some employers want, or for what most employers need? How do you discern the difference? Does it really matter? National Skill Standards can help. College faculty that are preparing

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OP-TEC Newsletter – June 2019

Articles in this month’s issue feature laser applications emerging in medicine, summer recruitment events, and photonics technician program development. Faculty professional development opportunities include summer workshops at MPEC and the OPCN meetings at the July HI-TEC conference in St Louis.

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OP-TEC Newsletter – March 2019

The lead graphic in this issue of the Optics and Photonics Education Newsletter displays a new, very rapid optical technique for 3D printing. The system works by spraying patterned light from a projector onto a rotating drum, which is filled

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OP-TEC Newsletter – February 2019

New breakthroughs and innovations in lasers and optics continue to stimulate the rapid expansion of photonics applications. The first graphic in this issue represents the advantages of welding metals with blue lasers. The first article explains how optical sensors are

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OP-TEC Newsletter – January 2019

The lead article in this issue describes the enormous growth in the use of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers and VCSEL diode arrays. A brief introduction to VCSELs is included in module 6 of OP-TEC’s Course 2, Laser Systems and Applications. More

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OP-TEC Newsletter – December 2018

The lead picture in this month’s issue displays the winner of the OPN 2018 After Image photo contest. I encourage you to click the link to the website and view all ten of the finalist images. Copies of the new

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OP-TEC Newsletter – November 2018

As OP-TEC completes its 13th year, a major effort of the center staff is to assure that the resources, best practices and networks OP-TEC has developed are well-established and sustained to continue producing the photonics technician workforce that supports our

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OP-TEC Newsletter – October 2018

By mid-October, most new photonics students have experienced their first six weeks of college, and many of them are struggling to keep up. Photonics faculty are also “struggling” to prevent these new students from dropping out or changing majors. Student

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OP-TEC Newsletter – September 2018

The first two articles in this month’s newsletter (Using LADAR to See Through Fire and Lensless See-Through Cameras) are examples of the rapidly emerging applications of photonics. As this technology continues to expand, the demand for competent photonics technicians is

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OP-TEC: The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education
Email: op-tec@op-tec.org

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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