Professional Development

Professional Development

Introductory online photonics course is available. Attention Employers! Photonics (Light, Lasers, and Optics) training is available. Professional Development and Photonics (Light, Lasers, Optics) Training opportunities are available.

Events & Conferences

ASEE Annual Conference 2017
Columbus Convention Center on 06/25/2017 - 06/28/2017 All Day
HI-TEC 2017
The Grand America Hotel on 07/17/2017 - 07/20/2017 All Day
SPIE Optifab
Rochester Riverside Convention Center on 10/16/2017 - 10/19/2017 All Day
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) Fall Conference 2017
Portland Community College on 10/19/2017 - 10/20/2017 All Day
ATE PI Conference 2017
Omni Shoreham on 10/23/2017 - 10/25/2017 All Day
National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency at the Arch on 10/26/2017 - 10/27/2017 All Day

Hybrid, Online Courses for Optics & Photonics Education

OP-TEC Faculty Development — Hybrid, Online Course – Fundamentals of Light and Lasers

As part of our efforts to provide faculty development in optics and photonics, OP-TEC has developed a hybrid, online faculty development course.  This course is being offered at no charge to high school, community college and technical college faculty interested in teaching a basic photonics course. This course covers OP-TEC’s Fundamentals of Light and Lasers and is taught online followed by a 3-day hands-on laboratory session in June 2017 at an OP-TEC partner college.  This Open Entry/Open Exit course is open September 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

OP-TEC Faculty Development — Hybrid, Online Advanced Courses

OP-TEC offers advanced courses for completers of the Fundamentals of Light and Lasers prerequisite. Please contact us for information on the “Laser Systems and Applications” and “Quality Assurance of Precision Optics” courses.

OP-TEC Workshop on Optics & Photonics Education

In an effort to support and promote the inclusion of optics and photonics applications in secondary and postsecondary programs, OP-TEC offers a free two-day Workshop on Optics and Photonics Education. This workshop informs participants about opportunities to create new secondary-to-postsecondary programs in photonics and/or to infuse optics and photonics instruction into existing technical programs and courses in math, science and technologies enabled by photonics.
Next Workshop: Fall 2016 in the northeastern U.S. Date and location TBD

Professional Development Webinars

Short webinars offer appropriate, flexible, access to experts through well-prepared video presentations. Many webinars, hosted by photonics trade magazines, professional societies and NSF-sponsored grantees are free. Webinars on important topics that are not readily available are developed and produced by the national and regional photonics centers (OP-TEC, LASER-TEC, and MPEC).

Employed Technicians – Hybrid, Online Course in Optics & Laser Fundamentals

OP-TEC offers a hybrid, online course that provides a base for developing a basic understanding of optics and photonics. This course will enhance the skills of technicians already employed in photonics related industries and provide technicians retraining into these industries a quicker path for becoming fully work ready.

Photon Projects – New England Board of Higher Education

The PHOTON projects of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) use photonics and optics as a vehicle for improving secondary and post-secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, while also setting students on real career paths encompassing several academic degree levels. The programs focus on developing field-tested student-centered educational materials, providing science and technology teacher professional development, and facilitating relationships between academia and local industry.

Professional Society Faculty Development Opportunities

Professional societies such as the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Laser Institute of America (LIA), Optical Society of America (OSA) and IEEE Photonics Society provide a variety of faculty development opportunities.
View a list of OP-TEC’s professional society partners. Then, visit each society’s website for additional information on faculty development opportunities, short courses and more!

www.Teaching Technicians.org

www.Teaching Technicians.org is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is dedicated to providing technician educators an opportunity to take advantage of the exemplary professional development opportunities provided by NSF grantees. This website links technician educators with state-of-the-art faculty development in advanced & emerging technologies, teaching methods, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Events & Conferences

View a complete listing of OP-TEC events. OP-TEC also includes listings for other photonics-and education-related events and conferences.

Midwest Photonics Education Center

Indian Hills Community College
626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Director
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: greg.kepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.midwestphotonics.org
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Dr. Chrys Panayiotou
Director
Office: 772-462-7621
E-mail: cpanayio@irsc.edu
Website: http://www.laser-tec.org
Specialization: Fiber Optics

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Texas State Technical College

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
Mr. John O. Pedrotti
Department Chair, Lasers & Nanotechnology
Office: 254-867-3173
E-mail: john.pedrotti@tstc.edu
Website:http://www.tstc.edu/programs/LaserElectroOpticsTechnology
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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Irvine Valley College / Advanced Technology and Education Park (IVC / ATEP)

15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, California 92782
Brian Monacelli
Office: 949-282-2706
E-mail: IVCphotonics@IVC.edu
Website: http://academics.ivc.edu/physci/photonics
Specialization: Photonics in Education/Training for Employed Technicians

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Camden County College

200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Dr. Fred Seeber
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Photonics
Office: 856-227-7200 (ext. 4475)
E-mail: fseeber@camdencc.edu
Website:http://www.camdencc.edu/academics/departments/photonics-laser-electro-optic-tech/

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New York Photonics

Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
Thomas Battley, Executive Director
1565 Jefferson Rd, #420
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: 585-329-4029
E-mail: tbattley@newyorkphotonics.org
Website – New York Photonics: www.newyorkphotonics.org

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New Mexico Optics Industry Association

Jim McNalley, Chairman
851 University Blvd., SE
Suite 203
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: 505-767-1200
E-mail: info@nmoia.org
Website: www.nmoptics.com

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Florida Photonics Cluster

Florida Photonics Cluster
James E. Pearson, Executive Director
12424 Research Parkway, Ste. 100
Orlando, Florida 32826
E-mail: jpearson@creol.ucf.edu
Website: www.floridaphotonicscluster.org

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Colorado Photonics Industry Association

Garry Gorsuch, Director
5733 Central Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone: 303-834-1022
E-mail: exec@coloradophotonics.org
Website: www.coloradophotonics.org

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Carolinas Photonics Consortium

Jeff Conley, Director
1754 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 101
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Phone: 864-325-4700
E-mail: jcon@charter.net
Website: www.carolinasphotonics.com

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Arizona Optics Industry Association

Bob Breault
P.O. Box 30205
Tucson, Arizona 85751
E-mail: bbreault@breault.com
Website: www.aoia.org

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Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Department Chair, Industrial Technology
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: gkepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/laser.html
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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