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 – May 2019

OP-TEC is releasing PDF copies of all the materials we have developed, as well as digital/video resources, for downloading by faculty and students in optics and photonics technician education programs. Descriptions of these materials/resources are described in the first three

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OP-TEC Newsletter – April 2019

In its thirteen years of operation OP-TEC, the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, has developed and updated over 2,500 pages of educational materials: * 16 Student texts and Faculty Teaching Aids for

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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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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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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

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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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