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 enabling smart phones to be used effectively in education, food safety, health care and environmental monitoring.
Last week, a large group of Iowa students and faculty were able to learn about some of these applications first-hand when they attended the Photonics West Conference Exhibition and visited several industry sites in the San Franciso bay area. The students also had the opportunity to network with college alumni and industry partners at a reception sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, MPEC, LASER-TEC, and AIM Photonics.
It is the time of year for your 2019 graduates to be applying for work! This month’s faculty resource, “Successful Job Placement for Technician Students,” provides examples of how some Optics and Photonics College Network members help prepare their students for the world of work. You may also get some ideas from LASER-TEC’s article about Indian River State College’s annual job search workshop for students.
Photonics faculty attending OPCN meetings at the CREOL Industrial Affiliates Symposium, March 13-15, will learn about employer interest and recent SPIE considerations for supporting photonics technician education.