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A modular industry-centered program for photonics and integrated photonics certification
Author(s): David Simon; Guiru Gu; Cheryl Schnitzer; Edward Deveney; Thomas Kling; Julie Diop; Sari Tower

Paper Abstract

Although demand for photonic technology is rapidly growing, there is a shortage of qualified workers to fill the industrial positions being created. At present, most photonics programs are available only at the graduate level; of the few undergraduate programs that exist, most are four-year engineering degrees. There is an unmet need for programs that can rapidly prepare students with minimal preparation to work as technicians in the optics and photonics industry. We report on a collaboration among Stonehill College, Bridgewater State University, and AIM Photonics Academy of MIT to create a unique photonics technician training and certification program that could serve as a template for other colleges or for other educational and manufacturing partnerships. This program, prepared with input from industry, consists of a mix of online, classroom, and lab courses (including both real-world and virtual experiments), with emphasis on hands-on experiences and apprenticeships with local companies. It is designed to rapidly develop practical skills in students who either have no prior technical background or who desire to quickly move into photonics from another technical area. The curriculum development model is modular, easily adapted across manufacturing sectors, focusing on skills sought by industry partners, with mechanisms in place for periodic feedback from employers. A clearinghouse for instructional materials will be created to house course outlines, syllabi, and teaching strategies for use by other institutions. Additionally, the curriculum will be sustained by making it “stackable” with other modules, training programs, and certifications aimed at other manufacturing specializations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019, 111431L (2 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2523791
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David Simon, Stonehill College (United States)
Boston Univ. (United States)
Guiru Gu, Stonehill College (United States)
Cheryl Schnitzer, Stonehill College (United States)
Edward Deveney, Bridgewater State Univ. (United States)
Thomas Kling, Bridgewater State Univ. (United States)
Julie Diop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Sari Tower, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11143:
Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard; Joseph A. Shaw, Editor(s)

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