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Industry-based projects in photonics technician education

Paper Abstract

Students in photonics technology associate degree programs have two short years to prepare for employment as technicians. Recognizing that there is little in the traditional lecture/lab format of instruction that allows students to practice real-world project planning, time management and technical problem-solving skills, the authors have collaborated to provide students with authentic “real-world” industry problems in a final one or two semester capstone course. In this paper we present several student projects, describe barriers to successful project completion and strategies to improve outcomes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 848106 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929178
Show Author Affiliations
Judith Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Nicholas M. Massa, Springfield Technical Community College (United States)
Flemming Tinker, Aperture Optical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Giovanni Tomasi, RSL Fiber Systems, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8481:
Optics Education and Outreach II
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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