Friday, September 22, 2017

Production & Process Engineer Job Posting

Contact:  Alexei Glebov, Ph.D.
President and General Manager
OptiGrate Corp (an IPG Photonics Company)
562 S Econ Cir., Oviedo, Fl 32765
Office 407-542-7704 ext. 222
Fax 407-542-7804
Cell 407-923-2709

Send email to Dr. Glebov first if you are interested.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Undergrad Research at CREOL

Dr. Schulzgen is looking for someone to help in undergrad research.  See below and contact him at  

NSF supported project:
Multi-scale and in-situ sensing technology for structural integrity
Seetha Raghavan (Principal Investigator)
Axel Schulzgen (Co-Principal Investigator)
Thomas O'Neal (Co-Principal Investigator)

This PFI: AIR Technology Translation project focuses on translating a novel multi-scale sensing technology to fill the technology void in high-spatial resolution, non-invasive and non-contact measurement of material stresses and damage.  The system is important because it provides structural integrity assessments in critical components for applications ranging from aerospace structures including metallics and composites to civil structures such as steel gussets in bridges and buildings to enhance safety.

The project will result in the development and scale-up of multi-scale, in-situ piezospectroscopic technology. This uses a stress sensitive photo-luminescent material that can be embedded in coatings on various structures. The stress distribution is monitored based on optics technology which measure shifts in the emission spectrum that are related to stress. This has the following unique features: capability to provide intrinsic measurements of material stress; multi-scale spatial resolution; in-situ measurements under various loading conditions. These features provide the following advantages: quantitative stress determination for a variety of structural substrates of metallic and composite origin under various load environments, as well as demonstrated early damage detection when compared to the leading competing non-invasive techniques such as Digital image correlation in this market space.

This project addresses the following technology gaps as it translates from research discovery toward commercial application; i) materials technology - the deployment of sensing material needs to be optimized to define a process configuration that ensures excellent bonding and uniform dispersion of particles for effective and reliable sensing performance ii) optics technology - the measurement of photo-luminescence emission from the particles must be improved from point detection to area detection methods while ensuring current spatial and stress resolution capabilities are maintained for efficient inspection technology.

In addition, personnel involved in this project, including a graduate and undergraduate student, will receive technology translation experiences through industry collaboration and UCF's resources for entrepreneurship, which facilitates opportunities such as the use of Maker Spaces and access to participation in the NSF ICorps program at UCF's I-Corps Site. The project engages Lumium, an optical measurements company, and Imperial College in London to overcome challenges in area scanning and effective dispersion in this technology translation effort from research discovery toward commercial reality.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Research Opportunity

Dr. Thomas who works in the nano-science center on research parkway is looking for an undergrad researcher.  

The research would enable optics students to immerse themselves in research that delves into chemistry, material science, optics, laser engineering and much more. 

If you would like to know more, contact Dr. Thomas at  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Undergraduate Awards Survey

Have you received an award or scholarship - tell us about it!  We will share this information in our Annual Report and on our website.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Internship at Optigrate

IT Intern (Student position)

The intern will assist with IT service solutions, database and desktop support to employees of the
company. This includes PC support and maintenance, server support and maintenance, LAN support,
Internet support, and software support.


  • Maintain a high level of security on all company computers.
  • Troubleshooting Windows Operating Systems
  • Assist staff with equipment concerns
  • Handling PC hardware issues and printer issues
  • Setting up and maintaining user desktop environments
  • Provide support for general Internet and email needs
  • Diagnose and fix network problems
  • Setting up peripherals, maintaining inventories and organizing IT parts and equipment


  • Actively enrolled Sophomore or Junior level student with at least 1.5 years of completed college
  • education
  • Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA in Computer Science or Information Technology
  • Self‐starter with the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Excellent PC troubleshooting skills
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Products, including proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Basic SQL skills and familiarity with Microsoft Access
  • 1‐2 year experience performing IT support functions is preferred
  • Attention to detail, systems processes and organizational skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Must be available to work 20 hours per week for at least 9‐12 months

Dr. Igor Ciapurin
Director, Operations
OptiGrate Corp. (an IPG Photonics Company)
562 South Econ Circle
Oviedo, FL 32765
Main phone: (407) 542-7704, ext. 223
Fax: (407) 542-7804
Cell phone: (407) 733-7793