OP-TEC Newsletter – August 2017

Useful applications of lasers and optics are rapidly emerging and promise to make profound impact in the fields of IT, manufacturing, biomedical equipment, defense and others. In this month’s issue we feature an article on “The Future of Wireless,” which will require photonics technicians to acquire more knowledge and skills in the operation, installation and maintenance of new fibers and networks.

Each OPEN issue for the remainder of this year will feature a new application of photonics. Photonics faculty will need constant professional development to stay abreast of new developments and, when appropriate, augment their lessons to provide information to students. The most convenient and cost-effective strategy is viewing relevant, online webinars. See the OPEN article on the work and opportunities provided by the OPCN Professional Development Committee.

There are three more OPCN committees that are working to provide leadership and services to the membership. They are described in a subsequent article.

Dan Hull

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