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National Alliance for Photonics Education in Manufacturing: training in the application of photonics to enhance national manufacturing
Author(s): Susan A. Anderson; Janice M. Gaines Walker

Paper Abstract

NAPEM-The National Alliance for Photonics Education in Manufacturing is delivering photonics-based courses in four major manufacturing sectors: semiconductor manufacturing, laser materials processing, durable goods manufacturing, and dual-use manufacturing and end-to-end system testing. NAPEM's mission is to enhance industry competitiveness through providing practical continuing education programs on applying technology in manufacturing processes. Funded through a matching Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP) grant, NAPEM's unique approach unites the strengths of a professional photonics society, university educators, and industry training and human resources personnel in designing, assessing, implementing, and evaluating these innovative programs. This paper will outline the NAPEM program, to date, from SPIE-The International Society of Optical Engineering's administrative perspective. It will identify successful models and lessons learned in program development, delivery and evaluation, and specify recommendations to assist others addressing similar educational issues in training an engineering workforce for the 21st century.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224081
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Susan A. Anderson, SPIE--The International Society for Optical Enginering (United States)
Janice M. Gaines Walker, SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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