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Building an optomechatronics group in a young university in Western Romania
Author(s): Virgil-Florin Duma; Gheorghe Hutiu; Octavian Cira; Dorin Demian; Corina Mnerie; Iosif Kaposta

Paper Abstract

We present our experience regarding the establishing of an interdisciplinary group with Optics as one of its main topic at the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad (UAVA) – linked with the improvement through research of our educational activities. The 3OM Group (in Opto-Mechatronics, Optical Metrology, and Optics and Mechanics) is described in its evolution from optomechanics to photonics, the latter with a focus on OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) – with the national and the international collaborations established, with universities from Romania, Europe and USA. While the research directions of the 3OM Group are presented, they are linked with the educational components implemented in the various subjects we teach, for both undergraduate and graduate students, both in Mechanical and in Electrical Engineering. The main effort is to integrate education and research, to move teaching beyond the classical aspects to put the stress on hands-on-experiments, as well as on research-based activities – even with undergraduates. The main goals of this approach are to obtain an early orientation towards innovation and discovery, with a taste for novelties and with a clear focus on international standards. While this account is only one of many, it offers our experience in passing through the difficulties of developing both research and education in Optics in a young university in an emergent economy in Eastern Europe.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 928913 (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070774
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Virgil-Florin Duma, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad (Romania)
Gheorghe Hutiu, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad (Romania)
Octavian Cira, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad (Romania)
Dorin Demian, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad (Romania)
Corina Mnerie, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad (Romania)
Iosif Kaposta, Univ. of Arad (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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