NSF/ATE Centers and Projects

NSF/ATE Centers and Projects

National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program
Summary from the ATE Centers Impact 2011

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program supports efforts to improve the knowledge and skills of technicians who work in high technology fields that drive the nation’s economy. This National Science Foundation (NSF) program focuses on undergraduates, secondary school students, incumbent technicians, as well as the educators who teach them.

Community colleges, which are the main providers of education for technicians, have leadership roles in all ATE initiatives. They work closely with industry, government, and educators in other sectors to enhance the skills of the men and women who are essential to the vitality of the nation’s economy. ATE partnerships help create new curricula; reform existing programs; enrich the technical knowledge of experienced college faculty members and teachers; prepare prospective educators with solid foundations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and undertake applied research on technological education.

During the 2008 fiscal year, 263 ATE grant recipients shared $51.32 million. ATE grants provide funding for educators to test and implement their ideas for improving the technical skills and the general STEM preparation of technicians and educators, and for developing more technicians.

To achieve these goals, ATE centers and projects devote significant time and resources to building collaborations with industry and other educators, creating educational materials, providing professional development, and improving technological education programs. In 2007 alone, these partnerships developed a total of 1,499 new articulation agreements. These agreements, along with others previously developed by ATE initiatives, enable students to transfer expeditiously from one level of education to another as they gain knowledge, skills, and work experiences throughout their lives.

OP-TEC is a NSF/ATE National Center of Excellence (Grant No. DUE-1144377)

NSF & ATE Center Resources:
NSF/ATE Program Website: www.nsf.gov/ate
NSF/ATE Funding Opportunities: www.atecenters.org/nsf-funding
NSF/ATE Center Impact Guide & Website: www.atecenters.org
Directory of NSF/ATE Centers: www.atecenters.org/centers
Map of NSF/ATE Centers: http://www.atecenters.org/centers-map

TeachingTechnicians.org
This website links technician educators with National Science Foundation supported, state-of-the-art, faculty development in advanced & emerging technologies, teaching methods, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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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