Faculty Development – LSA

OP-TEC Hybrid, Online, Self-Paced Photonics Faculty Development Course
Course 2: Laser Systems and Applications

Prerequisite: Must have completed Course 1: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers

OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, is a National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center of Excellence with the mission of promoting photonics education and assisting colleges around the United States in developing and implementing educational programs that support expansion of this critical technology. As part of this mission, OP-TEC offers several hybrid, online faculty development courses in optics and photonics. This Open Entry/Open Exit format has been developed for faculty whose schedules demand a more flexible course timeline. It is perfect for busy faculty who might have difficulty keeping up with weekly assignments in a “scheduled” course but who would have a period or periods of time during the semester or school year that would allow them to complete assignments and exams independently and at their own pace. It is also an excellent opportunity for junior faculty, adjunct faculty, and lab technicians who may need to prepare to teach a college level or dual credit photonics course.

The Laser Systems and Applications faculty development course is designed to prepare instructors to teach a two-semester, hands-on course to support curriculum for educating and training photonics systems technicians. It is preceded by a one-semester prerequisite course, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers. These courses are used in Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Laser/Electro-optics or Photonics programs in two-year colleges, as well as for educating employed technicians.

Lasers are an “enabling technology,” which means that a wide variety of laser types are incorporated into systems for materials processing, medical applications, IT and communications, nanotechnology, defense, environmental monitoring, and other applications. Photonics Systems Technicians (PSTs) are needed to integrate, operate, maintain, repair, and calibrate these systems. PSTs work in industries whose processes and operations require the extensive use of photonics devices to meet production or mission goals. PSTs frequently integrate photonics devices or subsystems into larger systems, where photonics is an enabling technology. PSTs have the responsibility of ensuring these photonic devices operate within prescribed specifications and are compatible and/or complementary with the entire integrated system. These technicians must know how these photonic devices operate and interface with the equipment or systems in which they are embedded. They must also understand how photonics devices and subsystems enable equipment and systems to accomplish specific tasks. These technicians must have broad, working knowledge and skills of electronic and electromechanical devices/systems, combined with their specialty knowledge and skills in photonics to efficiently and effectively operate, maintain, repair, and calibrate photonics subsystems, and integrate these subsystems into full systems.

The Laser Systems and Applications course consists of ten modules as listed below:

  • Module 2-1 Laser Q-Switching, Mode Locking, and Frequency Doubling
  • Module 2-2 Laser Output Characteristics
  • Module 2-3 Laser Types and Their Applications
  • Module 2-4 Carbon Dioxide Lasers and Their Applications
  • Module 2-5 Fiber Lasers and Their Applications
  • Module 2-6 Diode Lasers and Their Applications
  • Module 2-7 Argon-Ion Lasers and Their Applications
  • Module 2-8 ND:YAG Lasers and Their Applications
  • Module 2-9 Excimer Lasers and Their Applications
  • Module 2-10 Systems Integration in Photonics

Online Course Details

  • Intended Audience:
    This online course is designed for community and technical college faculty interested in teaching a second level photonics course.
  • Dates:
    This is an Open Entry/Open Exit course available September 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019. Though this course is self-paced, participants must pass the 5 End of Module tests required for their Laser Systems and Applications I Certificate by May 31, 2019, to be eligible to attend a Capstone Laboratory Experience.
  • Location:
    The course content will be completed online and through email with the instructor. After successful completion of the required modules by May 31, 2019, participants are highly encouraged to participate in a 3-day Capstone Laboratory Experience at an OP-TEC partner college where they will have the opportunity to conduct most of the laboratory experiments included in the course and discuss with experienced instructors best practices for teaching the materials. The Capstone will be held in June 2019 at at an OP-TEC partner college
  • Certificate of Completion & CEUs:
    Faculty enrolling in the Laser Systems and Applications professional development course may complete a Laser Systems and Applications I Certificate which may be followed by a Laser Systems and Applications II Certificate. Successful completion of Certificate 1 is a prerequisite for enrollment in Certificate 2. End-of-Module tests submitted for each module will be graded by the course instructor and must be successfully passed before advancement to the next module. The Course is open entry/open exit, meaning that you can enroll and sequentially complete one or both Certificates at your own pace between now and May 31, 2019.
    • Laser Systems and Applications I Certificate (first semester) includes 5 Modules: Modules 2-1, 2-2, & 2-3, plus two Modules of your choice selected from 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 2-7, 2-8, or 2-9.
    • Laser Systems and Applications II Certificate (second semester) covers the remaining 5 Modules of the course.
  • Cost:
    This online course is being offered at no charge to U.S. community and technical college faculty interested in teaching a second level photonics course. Participants will be responsible for all travel and lodging expenses to attend the 3-day Capstone Laboratory Experience.
  • Computer Requirements:
    To complete this course, participants must have access to a computer, printer, telephone/cell phone, and Internet access. Participants will utilize a Canvas course platform and email.
  • Materials:
    Course materials include the Laser Systems and Applications two-semester student textbook, Photonics System Technician Curriculum Guide, and laboratory videos. Access to these course materials will be provided electronically at no charge to enrolled faculty. A Faculty Guide is also available for instructors who choose to implement the course.
  • Instructors:
    The course is facilitated by instructors experienced in teaching photonics concepts at the college level and will require a high level of independent self-paced instruction.
  • Application Instructions:
    Applications are accepted online or by email. Applicants will be notified by email of their application status. 
    Once accepted to participate in the course, applicants will receive additional course information and materials by email.


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(or, click here to download printable application form, complete and scan to op-tec@op-tec.org)

For More Information:
For additional information, please call 254-751-9000 or e-mail op-tec@op-tec.org.

OP-TEC Contact Information:
OP-TEC: National Center for Optics and Photonics Education
1224 Austin Avenue, Suite 210
Waco, TX 76701-1828
Phone:  254-751-9000
E-mail:  op-tec@op-tec.org
Web:  www.op-tec.org

Midwest Photonics Education Center

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

Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

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

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
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optics Valley

c/o Arizona Technology Council
John Dennis, Chair
9070 South Rita Road, #1550
Tucson, AZ 85747
E-mail: Chair@OpticsValleyAZ.org
Website: www.OpticsValleyAZ.org

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