Photonics Career Videos

Photonics Career Videos

Students searching for careers need to understand what they may be doing in the workforce. Students are also motivated and focused when they can identify with a role model and understand why they have to learn certain areas of mathematics, science and technology.

In 2008, OP-TEC initiated its Photonics Career Videos project in an effort to provide teachers, counselors, students and parents video profiles of successful two-year college technical program students and graduates.

We asked our video subjects who they worked for, what they do, how they became interested in photonics and who helped or encouraged them. We asked our subjects to discuss their educational preparation for their career and why those chose their specific educational and career pathways. We also encouraged our subjects to discuss what they found interesting about their jobs and to provide advice to students who might be interested in pursuing careers in lasers, optics or photonics.

We encourage teachers and counselors to freely view, download and share these videos to increase photonics career awareness amongst students. These career videos can also assist colleges in recruiting and retaining students while also providing examples of diversity opportunities. We encourage parents and students to view these videos and continue exploring career and educational opportunities in photonics and photonics-related fields.

Please check this page often as we continue to add new videos to our collection.

What is Photonics?

Shedding Light on Lasers

In this segment, we visit a program in laser and photonics technology, and learn why it's key in industries from medicine to telecommunications. From ATETV Episode 27. ATETV is a web-based video serie...

Using Lasers and Photonics

In this segment, from phone lines to HDTVs, lasers have many commercial and military uses. From ATETV Episode 19. ATETV is a web-based video series and interactive network designed to connect students...

The Precision of Laser and Photonics Technologies

In this segment, students and instructors describe how a strong math background can add up to exciting opportunities in the growing fields of lasers and photonics. From ATETV Episode 36. ATETV is a we...

Working with the Energy of Light

Students apply math and science skills to the pursuit of a career working with lasers and photonics.

Photonics technologies are everywhere! (subtitles available in 8 languages)

((click on CC for subtitles in Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)) Photonics technologies are amazing, fascinating, and you find them everywhere: in communication, en...

What is Photonics? How is it used?

A/Prof. David Lancaster from IPAS (University of Adelaide) talks to teachers about Photonics: - What is light, and what is photonics? - How is photonics used in the real world? Laser surgery, mining,...

How a Fiber Laser Works

How a Fiber Laser Works - a short introduction into the science of light, optical fibers and the development of optical fiber lasers.

Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation

http://opticsandphotonics.org The National Research Council of the National Academies has released its highly anticipated new report, "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation," wh...

What is photonics? And why should you care?

It was announced last year that Rochester would be home to an integrated photonics manufacturing hub, part of a $600 million public-private partnership with federal, state and private funding. But wh...

High School and College Laser/Optics Programs

Photonics Career Videos: Graduates from Indian Hills Community College

Nathan Barnhill, Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Kale Wyngarden, Laser Electro-Optics Technician, Northrop Grumman Corporation, talk about their education at Indian Hills Com...

College of Lake County / Lake County High Schools Technology Campus Laser/Photonics/Optics program

From explosives detectors in airport security to blood tests that don't require a pin prick, light and lasers have hundreds of applications in daily life. The fascinating world of photonics (from the ...

College of Lake County Laser/Photonics/Optics program

From explosives detectors in airport security to blood tests that don't require a pin prick, light and lasers have hundreds of applications in daily life. The fascinating world of photonics (from the ...

Photonics, Lasers, Fiber Optics and Optics at CCC

Camden County College (CCC) offers a nationally ranked program in photonics, lasers, fiber optics and optics. CCC employs dedicated faculty and state of the art laser and fiber optic systems to propel...

Wekiva HS Laser Photonics Academy

College level electronics and laser program prepares students for the workforce.

Laser Electro-Optics Technology

www.tstc.edu Researchers predict laser technology will play a dominant role during the 21st century and beyond, continuously changing the world through advances in laser applications and uses. Just...

Photonics and Laser Technology

Learn more at: http://www.baker.edu/request-information/ Photonics Technicians build, test, calibrate, and maintain laser and electro-optic devices and systems that generate, transmit, and manipulate...

The Dennis LaPort Story – Photonics & Laser Technology Program

One of the fastest growing technology career fields in the United States is Photonics, and a lot of people have never heard of it. Dennis read about the up and coming program in the paper, and pursued...

Lasers Program, CCCC

Visit: www.cccc.edu/lasers. A brief overview of the Laser and Photonics Technology Program at Central Carolina Community College.

Laser and Optics Career Videos

Laser Optics Career Video: Interview with Julia Majors

Julia Majors is a Technologist and student at UC Irvine.

Laser Optics Career Video: Interview with Tyler Parker

Tyler Parker is a Technical Sales Engineer for Newport Corporation.

Laser Optics Career Video: Interview with Derrick Thomann

Derrick Thomman is an a Laser Optics Technician for CVI Melles Griot.

Laser Optics Career Video: Interview with Adam Loukeh

Adam Loukeh is an Applications Sales Engineer, TRIOPTICS/Davidson Optronics.

Laser Optics Career Video: Interview with Mike Bass

Mike Bass a Laser Optics Technician at Bright View Technologies shares his personal insight.

Photonics Career Videos: Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Robert Aguilar, Jr., Territory Manager at Alcon Labs, Inc. talks about his photonics career and education at Texas State Technical College, in Waco, Texas. College: Texas State Technical College, Wac...

Photonics Career Videos: Colt Jesse

Colt Jesse, InfraRed Sensor Manufacturing Technician at InfraRed Associates talks about his photonics career and education at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. College: Indian River...

Photonics Career Videos: Graduates from Indian Hills Community College

Nathan Barnhill, Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Kale Wyngarden, Laser Electro-Optics Technician, Northrop Grumman Corporation, talk about their education at Indian Hills Com...

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. Bruce Brinson

Dr. Bruce Brinson, Photonics and Nano-Engineering Consultant, talks about his photonics career and education at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. College: Texas State Technical College ...

Photonics Career Videos: Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Robert Aguilar, Jr., Territory Manager, at Alcon Labs, Inc., talks about his photonics career and education at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. College: Texas State Technical College, ...

The Work of a Laser Technician

From assembling to troubleshooting, the work of a laser technician varies daily.

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer and University Professor, talks about photonics education and careers and his background and education. For more information, visit www.o...

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson - Video #2

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer and University Professor, talks about photonics education, careers and educational pathways. For more information, visit www.op-tec.org.

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson - Video #3

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer and University Professor, talks about photonics education and careers and his work at NASA. For more information, visit www.op-tec.org.

Advice for students interested in optics and photonics

SPIE asked leaders in the optics and photonics community to give some advice to students interested in the field. Astronomers, professors, CEOs, a Nobel Prize winner, and others all give their answer...

LIGHT2015 - Careers in Photonics | English Subtitles

Video developed by Politecnico di Milano within the LIGHT2015 Project to promote the importance of photonics in careers, with short explanations by scientists, entrepreneurs and professionals working ...

Behind the Scenes with A Laser Systems Technician

A wide range of job responsibilities keep laser systems technicians highly focused every day.

Engineering Your Future - Photonics Engineer

Video interviews featuring engineers from the various fields of engineering will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the work these engineers do every day. You'll learn about the challenges they face...

Meet Marcus Hosmer - Field Service Technician and Baker Graduate

"Baker College gave me the tools that prepared me for a job like this." You can learn more about the Photonics degree program here: https://www.baker.edu/programs-degrees/photonics-and-laser-technolo...

Meet Chris Moulton — Laser Technician and Baker Graduate

Get started on your new career today at www.baker.edu

OP-TEC Colleges on ATE-TV

Women Study Lasers and Photonics

In this segment, we visit a technological education program in lasers and photonics that women can attend for free. For more ATETV, click here: http://www.atetv.org ATETV is a web-based video s...

Working with the Energy of Light

Students apply math and science skills to the pursuit of a career working with lasers and photonics.

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Laser Cutter Machines - How its Made

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Are Invisibility Cloaks Possible?

Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Have you ever wished you could hide under an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter or conceal your car with a Klingon cloaking device like in Star Trek? In a spec...

The Work of a Laser Technician

From assembling to troubleshooting, the work of a laser technician varies daily.

LIGHT2015 - Lighting the Future

Video developed by the National University of Galway, Ireland as part of the LIGHT2015 Project which promotes commercial collaboration and investment in Photonics. The aim of the video is to encourage...

LIGHT2015 - Careers in Photonics | English Subtitles

Video developed by Politecnico di Milano within the LIGHT2015 Project to promote the importance of photonics in careers, with short explanations by scientists, entrepreneurs and professionals working ...

Laser Diodes - How it Works

How the laser diode works.

How It's Made Fiber Optics

Discovery / Science Channel's "How It's Made" Fiber Optics episode

BPHOT Photonics in food safety applications

B-PHOT showcases in this movie the enabling power of light and the impact of light technologies on food-sorting, food-safety and health. B-PHOT’s cutting-edge contributions to TOMRA’s food sorting...

Africa's Technology

Less than a decade ago, many African countries relied heavily on satellite connections for internet and telephone calls, which is a slow and expensive process. In the last few years, there has been a ...

Mathematics At Work

To be successful in any technical career, the experts all agree that a foundation of strong mathematical skills is critical.

Crave - Boeing patents a 'Method and system for shockwave attenuation,' aka force field

Click here for the Crave article - http://cnet.co/19j4Gtc The world's largest aerospace company has been granted a patent for a 'Star Wars'-like force field system for protecting vehicles and building...

Space Invaders

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DIY Hololens / SEER / Wave AR - pending depth sensor

I wanted to go ahead and develop Hololens apps. After experimenting and seeing a couple AR kickstarters, I figured out a way to develop comparable hardware... at least for prototyping. The HMD costs...

High Energy Laser Destroys Rocket!

The Lockheed Martin Area Defense Anti-munitions (ADAM) prototype laser weapon system successfully destroys a Qassam-like rocket target in an operationally representative free-flyer scenario at a range...

Drone Shot Down With Laser Beam 2013 HD

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A Day Without Photonics: A modern horror story

Ever thought about what our lives would be like without photonics?

Wekiva HS Laser Photonics Academy

College level electronics and laser program prepares students for the workforce.

Manufacturing Laser Technican

A typical day in the life of a young manufacturing laser technician

Women in Demand

In this segment, a college offers female students generous incentives to study Lasers and Photonics Technology. From ATETV Episode 47. ATETV is a web-based video series and interactive network design...

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer and University Professor, talks about photonics education and careers and his background and education. For more information, visit www.o...

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson - Video #2

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer and University Professor, talks about photonics education, careers and educational pathways. For more information, visit www.op-tec.org.

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson - Video #3

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer and University Professor, talks about photonics education and careers and his work at NASA. For more information, visit www.op-tec.org.

Photonics Career Videos: Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Robert Aguilar, Jr., Territory Manager, at Alcon Labs, Inc., talks about his photonics career and education at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. College: Texas State Technical College, ...

Photonics Career Videos: Dr. Bruce Brinson

Dr. Bruce Brinson, Photonics and Nano-Engineering Consultant, talks about his photonics career and education at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. College: Texas State Technical College ...

Photonics Career Videos: Graduates from Indian Hills Community College

Nathan Barnhill, Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Kale Wyngarden, Laser Electro-Optics Technician, Northrop Grumman Corporation, talk about their education at Indian Hills Com...

Engineering Your Future - Photonics Engineer

Video interviews featuring engineers from the various fields of engineering will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the work these engineers do every day. You'll learn about the challenges they face...

Advice for students interested in optics and photonics

SPIE asked leaders in the optics and photonics community to give some advice to students interested in the field. Astronomers, professors, CEOs, a Nobel Prize winner, and others all give their answer...

Working with the Energy of Light

Students apply math and science skills to the pursuit of a career working with lasers and photonics.

Behind the Scenes with A Laser Systems Technician

A wide range of job responsibilities keep laser systems technicians highly focused every day.

College of Lake County / Lake County High Schools Technology Campus Laser/Photonics/Optics program

From explosives detectors in airport security to blood tests that don't require a pin prick, light and lasers have hundreds of applications in daily life. The fascinating world of photonics (from the ...

College of Lake County Laser/Photonics/Optics program

From explosives detectors in airport security to blood tests that don't require a pin prick, light and lasers have hundreds of applications in daily life. The fascinating world of photonics (from the ...

The Precision of Laser and Photonics Technologies

In this segment, students and instructors describe how a strong math background can add up to exciting opportunities in the growing fields of lasers and photonics. From ATETV Episode 36. ATETV is a we...

Using Lasers and Photonics

In this segment, from phone lines to HDTVs, lasers have many commercial and military uses. From ATETV Episode 19. ATETV is a web-based video series and interactive network designed to connect students...

Shedding Light on Lasers

In this segment, we visit a program in laser and photonics technology, and learn why it's key in industries from medicine to telecommunications. From ATETV Episode 27. ATETV is a web-based video serie...

Photonics, Lasers, Fiber Optics and Optics at CCC

Camden County College (CCC) offers a nationally ranked program in photonics, lasers, fiber optics and optics. CCC employs dedicated faculty and state of the art laser and fiber optic systems to propel...

Laser Electro-Optics Technology

www.tstc.edu Researchers predict laser technology will play a dominant role during the 21st century and beyond, continuously changing the world through advances in laser applications and uses. Just...

Women Study Lasers and Photonics

In this segment, we visit a technological education program in lasers and photonics that women can attend for free. For more ATETV, click here: http://www.atetv.org ATETV is a web-based video s...

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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Arizona Optics Industry Association

Bob Breault
P.O. Box 30205
Tucson, Arizona 85751
E-mail: bbreault@breault.com
Website: www.aoia.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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