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 in-depth information on VCSELs and their applications can be found from several commercially-available texts such as Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers: Design, Fabrication, Characterization, and Applications, Cambridge Studies in Modern Optics.
I strongly suggest that faculty and administrators intensify their efforts on photonics technician student recruitment for the fall 2019 term. The article on Faculty Resources in this issue presents proven methods for using current students to recruit new students. Infusion of this strategy into a current photonics course will enable students to gain and practice the soft skills they will need to be successful in their career as photonics technicians.
Optics and Photonics College Network (OPCN) faculty have an opportunity for vital professional development by attending the CREOL Industrial Affiliates Symposium, and OPCN meeting, March 13-15, 2019. OP-TEC will provide airfare and hotel accommodations in Orlando, FL for OPCN Coordinators.
Faculty who wish to receive online training for either of OP-TEC’s courses should register before the end of January.
This week, the OP-TEC offices were moved to a new location: 1224 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701. Phone number (254-751-9000) remains the same.