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Optical Design & Engineering

Maui college to offer optics course as part of new four-year program

Maui Community College officials have lined up two provisional classes for this fall as the college prepares to launch its second four-year bachelor's degree program. The courses are intermediate optics and engineering computing, both of which - with other courses yet to be offered - could lead to a first-time bachelor of applied science in engineering technology from what would be known as University of Hawaii-Maui.

Students entering the new bachelor program will benefit from access to the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy Maui's Advanced Technology Research Center lab, the Faulkes telescope atop Haleakala and a P6 super computer installed at the Maui High Performance Computing Center, which was donated through a corporate community relations grant from IBM and valued in excess of $250,000.

The new bachelor's degree was developed in partnership with the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Maui and the University of California Center for Adaptive Optics at UC Santa Cruz. Additional program input was provided by the National Center for Optics and Photonics and the New England Board of Higher Education PHOTON 2 project.

Full story from the Maui News.