Farewell from OP-TEC
In less than two weeks, OP-TEC will complete our operations, and I will finally retire. I began my career in lasers 57 years ago, when my engineering manager at Westinghouse Defense Center reassigned me to build new lasers and test them for defense applications. After 13 years of R&D for DOD, DOE & NASA, I left my engineering practice to support the education/training of laser technicians. After 32 years leading a non-profit (CORD), and 13 years directing OP-TEC, I will move on to areas of service in my community and church.
OP-TEC has been my most fulfilling effort to date. Through this NSF/ATE National Center, my associates, Center staff, national advisors, leaders at other colleges, and others, we have made major progress, enabling photonics technician education programs to meet the urgent workforce needs in this rapidly emerging field.
The accomplishments of OP-TEC will be sustained through several organizations providing access by faculty and students to all of our materials. LASER-TEC, directed by Chrys Panayiotou, will continue offering support to colleges and faculty for planning, networking and professional development.