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.

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.

About Careers in Photonics, Optics and Lasers

Career Videos: Robert Aguilar

Robert Aguilar, Jr.

Territory Manager, Alcon Labs, Inc.
College:   Texas State Technical College Waco
[4 min 48 sec]
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Career Videos: Dr. Bruce Brinson

Dr. Bruce Brinson

Photonics and Nano-Engineering Consultant
College: Texas State Technical College Waco
[5 min 5 sec]
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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]
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Career Videos: Colt Jesse

Colt Jesse

InfraRed Sensor Manufacturing Technician, InfraRed Associates
College: Indian River State College
[6 min 12 sec]
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Career Videos: Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer & University Professor
Video #1 – Background & Education
[2 min 44 sec]
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Career Videos: Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer & University Professor
Video #2 – Educational Pathways
[1 min 41 sec]
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Career Videos: Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Dr. George “Pinky” Nelson

Retired NASA Astronaut, Astronomer & University Professor
Video #3 - NASA Work
[2 min 32 sec]
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Laser Optics Technician Career Video: Mike Bass

Laser Optics Career Video: Mike Bass

Laser Optics Technican, Bright View Technologies
(Gary Beasley's student; Associates of Applied Science Degree
in Laser Laser and Photonics Technology, 2006,
Central Carolina Community College)
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Laser Optics Technician Career Video: Tyler Parker

Laser Optics Career Video: Tyler Parker

Technical Sales Engineer, Newport Corporation
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Laser Optics Technician Career Video: Julia Majors

Laser Optics Career Video: Julia Majors

Technologist, Student, University of California, Irvine
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Laser Optics Technician Career Video: Derrick Thomann

Laser Optics Career Video: Derrick Thomann

Laser Optics Technican, CVI Melles Griot
(Frank Reed's student; Associates of Applied Science Degree
in Laser Electro-Optics, 2004,
Indian Hills Community College)
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Laser Optics Technician Career Video: Adam Loukeh

Laser Optics Career Video: Adam Loukeh

Application Sales Engineer, TRIOPTICS / Davidson Optronics
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ATE Video: Women Study Lasers and Photonics

ATETV Video: Women Study Lasers and Photonics at Central Carolina Community College

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ATE Video: Working with the Energy of Light

ATETV Video: Working with the Energy of Light

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ATE Video: Behind the Scenes with a Laser Systems Technician

ATETV Video: Behind the Scenes with a Laser Systems Technician

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ATE Video: The Work of a Laser Technician

ATETV Video: The Work of a Laser Technician

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ATE Video: Women in Demand

ATETV Video: Women in Demand

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CBIA Video: Manufacturing Laser Technician

CBIA Video: Manufacturing Laser Technician

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CCC Video: Photonics, Fiber Optics and Optics at CCC

CCC Video: Photonics, Fiber Optics and Optics at CCC

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TSTC Video: Laser Electro-Optics Technology

TSTC Video: Laser Electro-Optics Technology

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Think TV PBS Video: Engineering Your Future– Photonics Engineer

Think TV PBS Video: Engineering Your Future– Photonics Engineer

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About Photonics, Optics, and Lasers

SPIE Video: A Day Without Photonics– Modern Horror Story

SPIE Video: A Day Without Photonics– Modern Horror Story

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SPIE Video: Advice for Students Who Are Interested In Optics and Photonics

SPIE Video: Advice for Students Who Are Interested In Optics and Photonics

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ATE Video: Using Lasers and Photonics

ATETV Video: Using Lasers and Photonics

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ATE Video: Shedding Light on Lasers

ATETV Video: Shedding Light on Lasers

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ATE Video: Precision of Lasers and Photonics Technologies

ATETV Video: Precision of Lasers and Photonics Technologies

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Laser Video: Drone Shot Down with Laser Beam

Laser Video: Drone Shot Down with Laser Beam

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Laser Video: High Energy Laser Destroys Rocket

Laser Video: High Energy Laser Destroys Rocket

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