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Teaching lens, optical systems, and opto-mechanical systems design at the Irvine Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT)
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Paper Abstract

For well over a decade, the Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LET) program has been teaching introductory laser and optics classes at Irvine Valley College (IVC). At the beginning of the telecom boom, the Irvine CACT was established to teach optics fabrication to support the many optics fabrication businesses in Southern California. In the past few years, these two programs have merged - with some help from the Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) - and grown under the newly established Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP). IVC and ATEP are both operated by the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD). This year a new program of three courses was established to teach, in sequence, lens, optical systems and optomechanical systems design. This paper reviews the reasons for establishing these courses and their content, the students' motivations for taking them and their employers' incentives for encouraging the students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2007
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6668, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X, 66680E (14 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732709
Show Author Affiliations
Valentina V. Doushkina, MetroLaser, Inc. (United States)
Optics Institute of Southern California (United States)
Donn M. Silberman, Optics Institute of Southern California (United States)
Physik Instrumente L.P. (United States)
Irvine Ctr. for Applied Competitive Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6668:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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