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New optical engineering and instrument design programs at the University of California, Irvine Extension

Paper Abstract

Three years ago we reported on a new optics education program established at the Irvine Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) operated by the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD). This paper reports on new Optical Engineering and Instrument Design Programs now being offered through the University of California, Irvine Extension. While there are some similarities between the two programs, the differences are mainly the students' level. The community college level programs were targeted primarily at technicians and junior level engineers. The university level programs are targeted at senior level engineering and physical sciences university students, graduate and post graduate students and designers in industry. This paper reviews the reasons for establishing these certificate programs and their content, the students' motivations for taking them and their employers' incentives for encouraging the students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830N (31 August 2010);
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Donn M. Silberman, Optics Institute of Southern California (United States)
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. (United States)
Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Valentina V. Doushkina, Optics Institute of Southern California (United States)
Qioptiq Polymer, Inc. (United States)
Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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