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The Honours B.Sc. degree program in photonics at Wilfrid Laurier University
Author(s): Shaowen Song
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Paper Abstract

The fast growth of the photonics industry in the past several years has lead to great demand on professionals in the field of optical science and engineering. In response to this market demand, many universities have enhanced, to a certain degree, their photonics related programs in an effort to produce graduates with some degree of knowledge of photonics. A few universities in the US and Europe have gone even further creating new program specifically in photonics/optical science or engineering. However, we have not seen this type of programs being created in Canada so far. At Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), we have conducted research on the photonics related programs in Canada, USA, and Europe. We have found that the Department of Physics and Computing at WLU has a unique position and a great opportunity to create the first Canadian Honours B.Sc. Degree Program in Photonics Science. We feel that dual nature of physics and computing of our Department offers the best combination for such a program. In this paper, we discuss the following items: (1) The curriculum of the Honour B.Sc. degree program at WLU. (2) Is a degree in photonics too narrow? (3) Issues related to enrolment, graduates, and potential jobs opportunities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2017
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 10313, Opto-Canada: SPIE Regional Meeting on Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Imaging, 103135C (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2283988
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Shaowen Song, Wilfrid Laurier Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10313:
Opto-Canada: SPIE Regional Meeting on Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Imaging
John C. Armitage, Editor(s)

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