OP-TEC Newsletter – March 2019

The lead graphic in this issue of the Optics and Photonics Education Newsletter displays a new, very rapid optical technique for 3D printing. The system works by spraying patterned light from a projector onto a rotating drum, which is filled with clear photosensitive resin designed to solidify when exposed to illumination above a threshold intensity, yielding a solid object after one revolution of the drum. The following article, Emerging Applications of Photonics, describes revolutionary wearable sensors that use infrared radiation enhancements for enabling clothing fabrics to heat and cool, in response to environmental changes. Applications of optics and photonics are expanding at an amazing rate! Colleges teaching photonics technicians are now hosting employers who are interested in hiring their graduates. The article by Indian Hills Community College, describes one important role their faculty play to assist these deserving program completers in searching for a desired career opportunity. Effective strategies that faculty use to facilitate and enable student placement are completely described in the OP-TEC monograph, Successful Job Placement for Technician Students, which can be found in OP-TEC’s online store. New student recruitment continues to be an important goal for all photonics technician programs. Recruitment of high school students is enhanced when these students have experienced the phenomena associated with optics and lasers. The Light and Optics Experiment Book, created by LASER-TEC, includes 23 experiments for a “hands-on” course. LASER-TEC also provides guidelines, curricula and inexpensive equipment kits that high schools can obtain for these activities.

Dan Hull

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