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.

Career Videos: Robert Aguilar

Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Territory Manager, Alcon Labs, Inc.
College:   Texas State Technical College Waco
[4 min 48 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.

Career Videos: Dr. Bruce Brinson

Dr. Bruce Brinson

Photonics and Nano-Engineering Consultant
College: Texas State Technical College Waco
[5 min 5 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.

Career Videos: Nathan Barnhill and Kale Wyngarden

Nathan Barnhill, Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp. Kale Wyngarden, Laser Electro-Optics Technician, Northrop Grumman Corp.

College: Indian Hills Community College
[5 min 15 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.



Career Videos: Colt Jesse

Colt Jesse

InfraRed Sensor Manufacturing Technician, InfraRed Associates
College: Indian River State College
[6 min 12 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.

Career Videos: Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer & University Professor
Video #1 – Background & Education
[2 min 44 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.



Career Videos: Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer & University Professor
Video #2 – Educational Pathways
[1 min 41 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.

Career Videos: Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer & University Professor
Video #3 - NASA Work
[2 min 32 sec]
View this video now on YouTube.



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