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Comprehensive approach to photonics education for technicians, engineers, and scientists in 4+2+2 programs
Author(s): Leno S. Pedrotti; Nicholas J. Massa; Eric P. Soulsby; John Enderle; Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri

Paper Abstract

This paper outlines a curricular plan for the education of photonics technicians, engineers, and scientists in 4 + 2 + 2 programs. These programs begin at the 9th grade in high school and end either at the 14th grade (4 + 2 programs) with an associate of applied science degree, or at the 16th grade (4 + 2 + 2 programs) with a bachelor of science degrees. Beginning with comprehensive lists of appropriate tasks for photonics technicians - as identified by phonics-related industries - extrapolation is made to specific courses, sequences of courses, and suggested programs. The foundations are set in place first in four-year high school programs, with emphasis on basics in mathematics, science, communications and introductory technology courses. The postsecondary level programs, through the 13th and 14th year, present the breadth and depth of skills required for the development of entry-level photonics technicians. Finally articulated programs from two-year colleges on to four-year colleges are outlined for those who opt to continue on for a bachelor of science degree and who plan to enter the phonics workforce with concentration in electrical engineering and/or optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224033
Show Author Affiliations
Leno S. Pedrotti, Ctr. for Occupational Research and Development (United States)
Nicholas J. Massa, Springfield Technical Community College (United States)
Eric P. Soulsby, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
John Enderle, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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