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 undergrad@creol.ucf.edu​

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:  https://our.ucf.edu/accomplishments/urotm
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 OUR@ucf.edu 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 http://www.ulalaunch.com.  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!