One of the highlights of the OPCN meetings at the recent HI-TEC Conference in Miami, was the tour of Tower Optical Corporation’s precision optics manufacturing facility in Boynton Beach. Thanks to Tower Optical’s CEO, Mel Kantor, for this interesting experience, and the opportunity to visit with the technicians working there. In the meetings and networking time among the OPCN educators, we learned of changes, program improvements and successful practices, as well as new resources available from OP-TEC and the regional photonics centers. A suggestion was made to consider forming an “OPCN LinkedIn Network” to increase the interaction among members. The plan for this (which is already underway) is described in this newsletter.
I strongly recommend that all photonics faculty members review and consider using the resources for teaching OP-TEC’s Course #1 and #2, described in the last article, Faculty Resources. These resources, which are available to all photonics faculty, will not only make your course preparation more efficient, they will also enable all your students to be successful in these courses.