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Developing a photonics education program at college level from the ground up
Author(s): Anca L. Sala

Paper Abstract

While graduate level optics and photonics education in the state of Michigan has a rich tradition, college level programs that produce photonics technicians are virtually non-existent. Baker College has started the first two-year photonics program in the state in fall 2013. The program is leveraging support from Mi-Light, the Michigan Photonics Cluster; OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education; and an NSF Project Grant awarded to the College. In its first year the photonics program has achieved important milestones - convening an Advisory Board with industry participation, developing almost the entire curriculum, and creating a fully functional optics and photonics laboratory. Outreach activities have also taken place. The paper will describe the steps taken to introduce the new program and the lessons learned along the way.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9188, Optics Education and Outreach III, 918803 (15 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061426
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Anca L. Sala, Baker College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9188:
Optics Education and Outreach III
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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