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NSF’s support for education and training of the optics and photonics workforce
Author(s): Carmiña Londoño; Richard Nash; Amelia Greer

Paper Abstract

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is committed to creating an educated and skilled workforce in optics and photonics at all levels from K-12 students to Associate Degrees and PhDs through a variety of decentralized funding opportunities as described in this paper and associated presentation. NSF has special funding mechanisms for teachers through the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program and for undergraduate students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. NSF reaches out to community colleges to support a variety of associate-level programs for technicians through its Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program. Lastly through multi-institutional and multidisciplinary ten-year investments via the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program, NSF is preparing a cadre of next-generation optics and photonics engineers and scientists with the technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to address critical global challenges and to succeed in a competitive and interconnected world.

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, 1114305 (2 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2532497
Show Author Affiliations
Carmiña Londoño, National Science Foundation (United States)
Richard Nash, National Science Foundation (United States)
Amelia Greer, National Science Foundation (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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