Thursday, December 19, 2013

Job Openings - Photonics

​Seeking to fill multiple openings with a rapidly growing company developing a novel optical technology. Permanent, Direct Hire. Positions range from entry level to management level. Visa sponsorship is limited but will consider case by case. Please forward to anyone that might be interested.

Engineering Manager - Optical, Mechanical, or Electrical
Opto/Mechanical Engineers
Lead Optical Engineer
Optical Engineers
Laser Engineer and Laser Physicist
Optical Test Engineer
Systems and Process Engineer

General idea of desired skill sets or related experience:
Experience with imaging and illumination designs
Experience with product design and development.
Optical tolerancing and definition
Understanding of Opto-Mechanical Design & Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Experience designing illumination systems for HID, LED & Laser light sources.
Knowledge of optical materials.
Understanding of micro-display devices.
Fluent with Zemax and or FRED.
Ability to create optical, illumination & imaging system specifications.
Build and test prototypes.
Working knowledge of component, assembly and system level testing.
Please send inquiries accompanied by a resume to
About Us

Our firm recruits engineers and other professionals nationwide for companies that design and manufacture optical, electro-optic, imaging, and laser systems. My major business clientele are companies and R&D divisions that specialize in Optics, Lasers, Lighting, Illumination, Imaging, Displays, Instrumentation, Camera Design, Vision Systems, Sensors and detectors, and new product development. Contact me if I can help in 2014.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

University of Oxford Scholarhips for Masters Degree

10 scholarships for one-year Master's courses in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics at Oxford are available for 2014-15.
Open exclusively to those who attend a Florida public university or college and are a resident of Florida.
More information at​​

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Internship posted at Office of Experiential Learning

The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is looking for 2nd-semester sophomores or juniors majoring in science or engineering to provide student support in the role of an Advanced Technologies Research Assistant supporting the US Army Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC) in the Research Park.  This position supports research under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  Some software or graphical programming experience is helpful.  Duties and responsibilities of the position include:
Research and Development (R&D) Support.  Support includes, but is not solely limited to, support for R&D in the areas of decision support, cognitive neuroscience, robotics, social network analysis, medical research, advanced physics, team and individual training, sensor exploitation, information processing, material science, hardware and software development.  Students provide support to staff in the following areas:
  1. Conduct research, present findings, and provide technical expertise, supervision and technical management in support of these efforts. 
  2. Support performance measurement and metrics collection as required in facilitating process improvements.
  3. Independent (Institutional) Review Board (IRB)Application, Preparation for Protocol Review and Approval. 
Students are exposed to a variety of cutting-edge technologies and have a great deal of autonomy and responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks. 
Security clearance and US citizenship required due to job location.
The positions are in support of the U.S. Army.  Students work in the Army facility in the Central Florida Research Park (UCF).  Salary:  $8 - $12/hr., 15-20 hrs/wk.  
(*U.S. citizenship)
**Please apply at​

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NASA Internships

APPLY NOW for NASA KSC Pathways Positions 
NASA Pathways Internship Employment Program (IEP): This is a paid program for students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program. These interns work alternating semesters between work and school through graduation and these positions may lead to full time employment with NASA. This program is very similar to the previous NASA co-op program.
Center: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Application Period: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 through Friday, November 8, 2013
Application Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:59pm
Anticipated Position Start Date: Monday, January 27, 2014 or Monday, February 9, 2014
Available Positions: 26
Application Website:

KSC Pathways Program Information Website:
Education Levels: Ranging from undergraduate to graduate
Current Preferred Majors:
Major Announcement Number
Mathematics and Statistics KS14I0002
Electrical Engineering KS14I0010
Aerospace Engineering KS14I0011
Mechanical Engineering KS14I0012
Industrial Engineering KS14I0013
Computer Engineering/Science KS14I0014
Civil Engineering KS14I0015
Chemical Engineering KS14I0016
Physics KS14I0017
**After you apply online through please do not forget to submit your transcript and veterans documents (if applicable) via email to prior to the closing of the announcement following the instructions provided in each announcement**

*Students must apply directly for these positions at the website shown above.​

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Office of Undergraduate Research

Got this from a TA in OUR

I'm running an Intro to Research class in the spring which focuses on preparing undergrads to enter research. If you know of any undergrads (in any STEM field) that may be interested, perhaps in classes that grad students TA in, please send them our way! More info and the application (due Nov. 15) can be found here:


Neyda VanBennekom
Graduate Teaching Associate
Office of Undergraduate Research
University of Central Florida
Technology Commons II, 209


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

*Summer Courses offered in CECS

Attached is a list of the summer courses offered in CECS.  These are limited and you might want to refer to this as you plan your spring courseload to make sure you can take the classes you need.

Relevant courses offered in Summer 2014 for the PSE Major are:

STA 3032 Probability and Statistics
EEL 3004C Electrical Networks
EEL 3123C Networks and Systems
EEE 3307C Electronics 1
EGN 3310 Engineering Analysis – Statics
EGN 3321 Engineering Analysis – Dynamics​

Internship posted at Office of Experiential Learning

A solutions and services company based on the development of next generation optical interrogation systems is looking for an optics or photonics engineering Intern who has an interest, education, and understanding in optics, electronics, programming, and has significant mathematics background. Matlab skills required, LabView skills desirable. The selected candidate will work with seasoned professionals in the testing and development of Fiber Optical sensing systems, based on Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and FAZ Technology’s unique fiber laser interrogator technology. Testing, data analysis, hands-on hardware integration, and documentation of results and conclusions will be key tasks. Candidates should be able to work from 10-to-20 hrs/wk.  Juniors, seniors or grad students majoring in optics, photonic science, or electrical engineering.  Salary:  $18/hr.  Location:  Central Florida Research Park (UCF).
(*F-1 Visa o.k.)​

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Optics Day

More to come on this - but Optics Day will be Friday April 4 at 12 pm - 4:00 pm​

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Funds for Teachers

Fund for Teachers invites you to design a summer learning experience that builds on your interests and benefits your students.
Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $20 million in more than 5,500 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students.
After awarding $20 million in teacher grants to 5,500 teachers since 2001, Florida teachers are finally eligible for Fund for Teachers grants beginning this year 
Here’s a link to the 2013 Fellows and odysseys they designed last summer. This link provides you with all the information you need to start and submit a successful grant application for up to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per team. And the attached digital postcard simplifies getting the word out.
The online application is available now and due 1/30/14. And this issue of the newsletter is devoted entirely to STEM teachers and their fellowships to serve as a little inspiration. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

CAOS Fall Picnic

The time has come again for the CAOS Fall Picnic! Invite your friends and family and come enjoy the good food and weather. We'll be having a volleyball tournament, dessert contest, cornhole (bean bag toss), and of course Lake Claire. Any suggestions or if you have something you wish to contribute, feel free to email Alex Sincore at

When: Saturday, October 19 from 12 - 5 pm
Where: Lake Claire at UCF (map attached)
Who: CREOL and family and friends
What: Food, volleyball, cornhole, dessert contest, and straight up relaxing

Monday, October 7, 2013

Part time position at BossLaser


Assembling, tuning, installing and providing technical support for CO2 Laser Cutters and Engravers.

•Basic knowledge of electrical circuits
•Ability to work with hands, power tools, etc.
•Basic understanding of CorelDraw and AutoCad

What to expect:
•Part-time 20-25 hours per week
•Starting $10-$12 per hour
•Hands on work with CO2 laser machines
•Working first hand with clients
•With experience the possibility to travel across North America for on-site installations
•Great opportunity to work with leading edge technology and develop communication skills with clients of all calibers.

Contact information:
Mike Pinnock

651 Progress Way
Sanford, Fl ​

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

*Get to Know Photonics at CREOL

Get to Know Photonics at UCF:  Tuesday Oct. 29, 3:00 – 4:00 pm CREOL 102:
Smartphone Displays:  How do they work?  Amazingly thin and increasingly complex, smartphone displays use technologies that are being developed at CREOL.  Find out how they work and visit a lab to explore what could be the next advancement to show up on your cell phone!  Presented by Dr. S.T. Wu, Photonics and Display Group at the College of Optics and Photonics.

RSVP to Mike McKee at​

Thursday, September 12, 2013

*Job Posting - Open Photonics, Inc

Open Photonics is looking for two part time workers, 20 hours per week.  Contact information is in the PDF file below.  

Undergraduate Researcher of the Month Award

The Undergraduate Researcher of the Month Award has recently changed its format and now invites student applications for the honor. This award recognizes outstanding academic research by undergraduates at the University of Central Florida. In order to be considered for the October Undergraduate Researcher of the Month Award, applications must be submitted by September 20. For more information on eligibility and the application process, please visit:
Undergraduate Researcher of the Month Award recipients will receive:
·         A certificate to recognize their efforts
·         Recognition on the Office of Undergraduate Research website
·         Acknowledgment of their award in the monthly OUR electronic newsletter
·         Recognition at the 2014 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

Applicants must be current UCF undergraduate students who have been involved with research for at least one complete semester and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and each month a new student from the pool of applicants will be honored.
Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at or 407-823-3125.​ 

Fox News at CREOL

Fox 35 news covered the new Photonic Science and Engineering Program.  Johnnie Greene, a student in the photonics program was interviewed along with Dean Bahaa Saleh and Professor Mercedeh Khajavikhan.  I will post the video after it airs.  It is expected to air on Friday Morning, Sept. 27 as part of a 3 hour feature about UCF.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


$14.50 to $22.50/hr., 40 hrs/wk.  Location:  If selected, applicants may not choose and must be willing to complete an Internship at any one of the locations listed below.
a.  Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida 
b.  Decatur, Alabama 
c.  Denver, Colorado 
d.  Harlingen, Texas 
e.  Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Engineering Intern positions offer a variety of opportunities including basic engineering tasks related to design, analysis, test, integration and systems engineering.  Opportunities can vary from design/analysis in support of existing ground, flight, test, or processing hardware for both launch vehicles and ground support equipment or systems, assisting in the design and development of future hardware, test development and performance, software design and test, systems engineering, mission integration, project management, quality assurance, system safety, launch operations, production operations, and even related business opportunities such as subcontractor management and procurement.  Internships may require travel to suppliers, customers, or other ULA locations.
Interns will typically support one or more experienced engineers in performance of assignments, spend time shadowing actual operations, and have unique assignments that support larger projects--all enabling the Intern to experience the day-to-day operations of engineering within United Launch Alliance.  Interns may perform and/or participate in additional activities and events which help them build a strong network within the ULA community and with fellow Interns.      
A taxable housing/transportation stipend may be provided to obtain housing near the ULA work location if the successful candidate’s permanent home address and current college address are both greater than 50 miles from the assigned ULA work location.
Basic Qualifications:
United Launch Alliance (ULA) summer Internships are 10-weeks in length and start no earlier than May 27, 2014 and no later than June 23,2014. 
Applicants must meet ALL of the following qualifications to be considered for this position: 
1.        Must be 18 years of age by the start of the summer internship assignment. 
2.        U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. 
3.        Freshmen candidates must be in their first year of engineering studies and have completed a full year of Calculus and a minimum of one class in Physics and one class in Chemistry with a grade of C or better.  Freshman candidates must submit their unofficial transcript after completion of their first college term in 2013; NO LATER THAN JANUARY 13, 2014. 
4.        Sophomore candidates must be in their second year of engineering studies. 
5.        Upper-level candidates must be planning on graduating with a bachelor's or master's degree and entering the workforce on a full-time basis between December 2014 and December 2015, or, having completed a bachelor's degree, plan on returning to college in the fall of 2014 to work on an advanced degree. 
6.        Applicants must be working toward a B.S. or M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Computer Science, Information Systems, or Information Technology; Applied Math, Computational Physics, Applied Physics, or Numerical Physics; Materials Engineering or an Engineering degree with an emphasis on welding. 
7.        Students must be able to complete an internship at any one of the locations listed below. 
a.        Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida 
b.        Decatur, Alabama 
c.        Denver, Colorado 
d.        Harlingen, Texas 
e.        Vandenberg Air Force Base, California 
8.        Students must have motorized vehicle transportation to perform an internship assignment in California or Florida due to no public transportation to the Air Force Base and travel between different buildings when on the Base.  Motorized transportation is highly recommended at all other sites as well; Decatur and Harlingen do not have public transportation systems. 
9.        ULA has a minimum college GPA requirement of 2.90 on a 4.00 scale; cumulative, no rounding.  NOTE: To complete your application and be considered, you must submit your unofficial transcript.  If you are selected for an internship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.90 after each completed semester/term.  Note that ULA only considers the cumulative GPA listed on the unofficial/official transcript provided by the institution that candidates currently attend.
To be considered for an intern position candidates MUST APPLY ONLINE at  EMAIL/PHONE/FAX will not be accepted. Please apply to one of the following requisitions:
Freshman:  Mechanical-37484, Aerospace-37485, Electrical-37486
Sophomore:  Aerospace-37488, Electrical-37489, Mechanical-37495, Weld-37483
Upper Level/Graduate:  Mechanical-37490, Aerospace-37491, Computer Science-37492, Math/Physics-37493, Electrical-37494
Welcome to ULA's Intern Program.  United Launch Alliance’s summer Intern program offers paid engineering and business positions designed to provide students with real work experience and exposure to ULA’s work environment.  Interns are encouraged to generate and share new ideas in order to deliver real work products that impact ULA’s missions, methodologies and processes.  Interns have the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge and apply their skills in a real-world business environment.  Successful interns are evaluated for potential employment opportunities with ULA after graduation.

Interns have the opportunity to participate in the development, build and launch of a high-powered sport-rocket that is more than 20 feet tall. This voluntary activity is an integrated effort with Ball Aerospace interns, who build the payloads for the rocket.​

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

*Get to Know Photonics at CREOL

The College of Optics and Photonics is starting up a new seminar series called Get to Know Photonics at CREOL.  On a monthly basis a presenter will talk about a product or engineering application in photonics.  The first one is being presented by Dr. Bahaa Saleh, Dean of CREOL and it will be “What is the Laser”.  The talk is only 30 minutes with time to meet with others and talk about the topic. 
Below are the details:
Monday Sept. 23, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Get to Know Photonics at CREOL
“What is a LASER?” by Dr. Bahaa Saleh
Open to the public
Part of the Undergraduate Introduction to Photonics Seminar Series

Let me know if you can make it – and feel free to bring friends.
And please share with others!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Latest Photonics Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities I have received in the last week or so.  For the internships – I have been working to make contacts for next summer for photonics.  At this point, I have about 5 companies who will be offering internships, and that list will grow. 
UCF/Lockheed Martin College Work Experience Program Information Session – Tuesday Sept. 3, 5:00-7:00 pm:  The UCF/Lockheed Martin College Work Experience (CWEP)program provides students an opportunity to gain professional work experience related to their academic discipline while maintaining full-time university enrollment. You will learn more about the requirements and application process for the program, as well as have an opportunity to talk with current CWEP students about their experience.

Fall 2013 Internship/Co-op Fair - Thursday, September 19th 10:00 am-2:00 pm:  Looking for major-related experience? The Office of Experiential Learning invites you to the Fall 2013 Internship/Co-op fair! Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with companies seeking UCF students (all majors) for their fall, spring and summer intern/co-op(Unpaid & Paid)positions.  Professional dress required. Bring copies of your resume.  Visit for a list of participating companies. 407.823.5581 #SuitUpKnights 

Spring Internships:  Do you know an undergraduate student who would be interested in a spring internship?  Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Spring Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program!  The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers by providing research experiences at DOE laboratories.  Spring internship dates are January 6 – April 25 and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2013.  Visit to apply or to obtain additional information.   If you have questions, please call Julie Malicoat at (865) 576-2311.

Internship Opening in Research Park:  The expected starting date would be Oct 1st. Applicants can send resumes to Mohammad Umar Piracha, Ph.D. at  12151 Research Pkwy Suite 100 Orlando FL 32826​