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Case study on partnering to revitalize development, delivery, and evaluation of education programs in optics and photonics for industry
Author(s): Janice M. Gaines Walker; Susan A. Anderson; Kevin G. Harding; Meg Karakekes; Ray T. Chen

Paper Abstract

For the past three years, the National Alliance for Photonics Education in Manufacturing (NAPEM) has 'partnered' with industry to develop, deliver and evaluate continuing education programs on optics and photonics applied to manufacturing processes. NAPEM is an alliance of CREOL/University of Central Florida, the Industrial Technology Institute, the University of Connecticut, The University of Texas at Austin, and SPIE -- The International Society for Optical Engineering. NAPEM formed in 1994 as the result of partial funding through a U. S. Technology/Reinvestment Project/Manufacturing Education and Training grant monitored by the National Science Foundation. NAPEM targeted four applications of optics in manufacturing processes. Each of these manufacturing process corresponds to a geographical region in the United States: semiconductor manufacturing in the Southwest, durable goods manufacturing in the Midwest, laser materials processing in the North East, and optics manufacturing in the South East. Course programs were typically modular, offered in half- to full-day formats. This paper focuses on lessons learned by Alliance members in the process of fulfilling NAPEM's mission. Specifically this paper addresses: (1) Challenges and benefits of university and professional association partnerships on program development, promotion and evaluation; (2) challenges and benefits of partnering with industry on program development, evaluation and continuation; (3) the importance of developing 'learning partnerships' with human resources, engineering and technical managers from industry; (4) matching delivery mechanisms to industries' educational 'habits;' (5) challenges and solutions for addressing different industries' readiness to utilize high-technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3190, Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294385
Show Author Affiliations
Janice M. Gaines Walker, SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering (United States)
Susan A. Anderson, SPIE--THe International Society for Optical Engineering (United States)
Kevin G. Harding, Industrial Technology Institute (United States)
Meg Karakekes, Advanced Micro Devices and Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Ray T. Chen, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3190:
Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics
Christiaan H. F. Velzel, Editor(s)

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