Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed below some of most frequently asked questions about OP-TEC, photonics education and more! If you have a question not included below or covered by another page on our website, please contact us at op-tec@op-tec.org. We are happy to assist you!

General Questions:

What does OP-TEC stand for?
OP-TEC is actually not an acronym and is recognized as part of our official Center name which is OP-TEC, The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education.

Where is OP-TEC located?
OP-TEC is headquartered in Waco, Texas.

Is OP-TEC part of a college campus or system?
OP-TEC is an organization of the University of Central Florida that works with educational institutions, colleges, and photonics regional centers throughout the nation.

Who funds OP-TEC?
OP-TEC is a National Center of Excellence funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. This website and all materials developed by OP-TEC are based upon work supported by NSF under Grant Nos. DUE-0603275, DUE-1003199, DUE-1144377, and DUE-1303732. It should be noted that any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

How do I contact OP-TEC?
OP-TEC can be contacted by phone at 254-751-9000 or by e-mail at op-tec@op-tec.org. The staff directory may be found at www.op-tec.org/staff. You can also click on the website tab “Contact Us” and complete the contact form.

What is OP-TEC’s address?
1224 Austin Avenue, Suite 210
Waco, TX 76701-1828

Does OP-TEC have a YouTube channel?
Yes! We have a YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/OPTECcom.

Does OP-TEC have a Facebook account?
Yes! Please “Like” us at http://www.facebook.com/OPTECenter.

Does OP-TEC have a Twitter account?
Yes! Please “Follow” us at http://twitter.com/OPTEC_Center.

Photonics Education Questions:

How do I start a photonics technician program or course at my school?
Starting a photonics technician program or course at your school is a multi-stage project; however, OP-TEC is here to help make the process simple and efficient. The best first step to take is to contact us by completing the “Contact Us” web form, by e-mailing op-tec@op-tec.org or by calling 254-751-9000. Let us know about your college and that you are interested in starting a program. One of our staff members or partner colleges will contact you back ASAP to answer your questions and guide you through the entire planning process. We also have our Photonics Systems Technicians Curriculum Guide and High School Program Planning Guide available for free download on our resources website at https://www.optecresources.org.

How do I get a copy of your curriculum materials?
Complimentary review copies of our classroom curriculum materials are available to faculty, staff and administrators upon request. If you are interested in reviewing our curriculum materials, please e-mail your request to op-tec@op-tec.org.

How many photonics employers do I have in my area?
If you are interested in knowing how many photonics employers are in your service area(s), OP-TEC can assist you in conducting an employer needs assessment survey. To inquire about the survey process, please complete the “Contact Us” web form, contact op-tec@op-tec.org or call 254-751-9000.

Does OP-TEC offer student scholarships or grants?
OP-TEC does not currently offer student scholarships or grants. We encourage students to visit the websites of our college partners to determine what scholarships, grants and/or financial aid may be available.

Midwest Photonics Education Center

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

Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

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

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
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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