Thursday, January 29, 2015

Research Experience for Undergrads

Dear Colleagues,

Please share the following information about our 2015 REU Program with your undergraduate students.  Note that in addition to Electrical and Computer Engineering majors, this program is open to students in Materials Science, Bioengineering, and Physics.  If you could forward this information to these other departments at your institution it would be greatly appreciated.

The Holcombe Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Clemson University is seeking applicants for a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.  This NSF funded program is entitled:  "REU Site:  Solid-State Devices for Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetics Technology".  The REU supports up to 10 summer students, with one to four semesters remaining in their undergraduate programs, to become involved with a faculty member and graduate students for a 10 week research experience at Clemson.  The program is open to undergraduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Bioengineering, and Physics.  Closely related disciplines may also be considered.  The program provides summer housing on campus for the students and pays a generous stipend.

Attached is a Flyer describing the program, with a link to the REU Program Web site.  Interested students can apply from this site.  The link is:

Best regards,

William R. Harrell
Holcombe Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
205 Riggs Hall, Box 340915
Clemson University, Clemson, SC  29634-0915

Amanda Harris
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Clemson University
104-C Riggs Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
(864) 656-4507

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

National Intelligencence Agency

Not sure if they are looking for Photonics or not - but posting it anyways!​

We are pleased to announce the first installment of the speaker series hosted by UCF’s new Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. We invite you and your students to join us Wednesday, February 4th  at 12:30 to 4:00 pm in the Key West Ballroom to hear speakers from four different intelligence agencies who will be talking about their role in the U.S. intelligence community, the mission of their agency, and what their agency looks for in job applicants. See attached flyer and our website for details.​

Monday, January 26, 2015

Alumni Association Scholarship

Submitted By: Carol Wyatt on behalf of Bob Holmes, Vice President,
Development and Alumni Affairs, and CEO, UCF Foundation, Inc.
Submitted For: UCF Alumni Association
Subject: UCF Alumni Association Scholarships Now Available!

Each year the UCF Alumni Association awards more than $40,000 in
scholarships to UCF students demonstrating strong academic ability and
significant extracurricular and community involvement. The UCF Alumni
Association is pleased to again offer more than a dozen scholarship
opportunities for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are now available on myUCF.  You are encouraged to apply
for as many scholarships for which you are eligible.
Apply for scholarships based on eligibility* by following these simple

1.      Read all scholarship criteria and complete ALL required
supporting documents prior to submitting your application
2.      Log into myUCF
3.      Select "Student Self Service"
4.      Click on "Scholarship Application"  "Home Page"  "Add New
5.      Complete and submit application(s)

*Scholarships will appear in myUCF based on eligibility requirements
specific to each scholarship. Criteria used to determine eligibility
includes, but is not limited to: GPA, class standing and academic
program. Read the selection criteria for each scholarship in which you
wish to apply to make sure meet that specific criteria.

Scholarships Available:
.       Charles N. & Frances Millican Scholarship - senior serving in a
leadership role
.       Presidents' Scholarship - senior
.       Alumni Fellows Scholarship - sophomore, junior, graduate students
.       UCF Alumni Legacy Scholarship - undergrad, any class standing
.       Community/State College Scholarship - undergrad, transfer student
.       4EVER KNIGHTS Scholarship - 4EK members, any class standing
.       Parent Donor - Student Scholarship - any class standing, parent
is a donor to UCF Fund
.       Phoenix Scholarship - non-traditional student
.       Jack & Monica Thorsen Veteran Scholarship - undergrad, any class
standing, who served in the U.S. Military
.       St. Onge Family Leadership Endowed Scholarship - undergrad,
sophomore or junior serving in a leadership role

.       Amy G. Buchman, '95, Memorial Endowed Scholarship - any class
standing, permanent resident of Pinellas/Hillsborough counties in Florida
.       Chicago UCF Alumni Chapter Scholarship - permanent resident of
the state of Illinois
.       Lee A. Dumas Memorial Endowed Scholarship - any class standing,
permanent resident of Volusia/Flagler counties in Florida, attending
UCF Daytona Beach Campus
.       Debbie K. Phillis Space Coast - UCF Scholarship - any class
standing, permanent resident of Brevard county in Florida
.       Southeast Florida Knight Scholarship - freshman, permanent
resident of Dade/Broward counties in Florida
.       UCF Young Alumni Chapter Graduate Student Scholarship - graduate
.       Tampa Bay Knights Legacy Scholarship - undergrad, any class
standing from Tampa Bay Area
.       Dr. William K. Grasty Memorial Scholarship - undergrad, junior or
senior in the Nicholson School of Communication

Be sure to visit for all criteria and
application steps for each scholarship.

The deadline to apply is midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Late or
incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions? Call 407.UCF.ALUM (823.2586) or e-mail

Friday, January 23, 2015

Microsoft Internships in Optics

Hello All,

I wanted to reach out and introduce myself as the Microsoft recruiter partnering with the UCF campus.  Over the last few years I’ve hired excellent software engineers from your university, and Microsoft is looking to expand its recruiting footprint at UCF to include Optical Engineers.  We have some exciting things happening at our company that we were finally able to announce this week including Windows Holographic, and the HoloLense headset.

We are currently hiring for Full-time and Intern positions in Optics, and will be hosting interviews beginning in early February.  I’ve attached the Internship job posting to this mail for your review- the full time posting would be very similar.  Should you have any students that you feel would be a great candidate for either of these opportunities, I would appreciate an introduction or a referral.

If there is a way to circulate this opportunity to a student Email list, I would greatly appreciate it.  I ask that interested students be able to send me their resume no later than Friday, January 30th.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks in advance for any assistance in connecting me with your talented students!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015-16 President's Leadership Council

It is time to select members of the President's Leadership Council for 2015-16. In addition to recognizing exemplary students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in leadership, scholarship, and service, the PLC was established to serve the University of Central Florida while educating and developing each PLC member. The council members serve as official student ambassadors at special events both on and off campus. Through specially designed programs, meetings, presentations, and interaction with campus and community leaders, PLC members receive training in leadership and public relations. In addition, PLC members receive a stipend for each semester of service.

Applicants should have completed 60 credit hours or more by the end of the spring semester in which they apply, should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and should be full-time students during the fall and spring semesters following selection. In addition, candidates should have demonstrated leadership ability through involvement in university and community organizations and activities. A completed application and two letters of recommendation are required.

Applications are now available in the Office of Constituent Relations, Millican Hall, Suite 396. Applications are due no later than TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, AT 5:00 P.M.

To find out more about the President's Leadership Council, please visit its website at and the Office of the President website at

An informational session will take place on Tuesday, February 3, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the Student Union, Garden Key Room, 221. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with current council members. Please contact Dr. Nancy Marshall at (407) 823-5259 or Ana Petkov at (407) 823-6648 for any additional questions.​

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Texas Instruments Technical Sales Engineering Program

Texas Instruments is holding two virtual information sessions for students to learn more about the Technical Sales Engineer Program.  Please see attachments.   
Hear what life is like in a customer-facing engineering role and how you can combine your technical expertise with selling skills to develop and deliver innovative solutions for key customers.
To Register: 
Register for one of the following virtual info sessions:
  • Thursday, January 29 @ 7:30ET/6:30CT/4:30PT
  • Thursday, February 10 @ 9:00ET/8:00CT/6:00PT​

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

*Light Lesson Plans

These are the lesson plans that are given out at our workshop in January for elementary teachers.  Lessons included are:
How Fast Do Waves Travel?
Does Light Travel In A Straight Line?
Energy:  What Energy Does A Light Bulb Emit?
How Are Lenses Used to See Big and Small Things?
What Light Is In A Laser?
What’s In A Color?
How Do Colors Reflect?
How Can Light Be a Fingerprint?
How Do You Make Colors?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Internship at Lockheed Martin

We are looking for a couple of students that qualify to the LM-UCF CWEP program to work at our LM MFC facility in our Applied Research group -throughout this year-, on some really interesting and exciting R&D projects. We are looking for self-motivated hard-working students, willing to learn/research new topics.  Some of the technical qualifications we are looking for include:  background in optics, physics, optical materials or related fields, any lab experience (to include a course related lab on laser alignment, material characterization, etc.), experience with Matlab and/or Labview.

If you can think of a couple of good candidates, please send me their resumes. To apply, they will have to qualify for the CWEP program and complete the CWEP application online.

Feel free to call me or e-mail me if you have any questions.

Apply at:​ 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Internship at KSC

This from Ron Phillips:  

We are recruiting an undergraduate EE/EO student in their final semester who would like to study for the MS degree in EE/EO.  Have some classes on communications, electronics, 

1 U.S. citizen
2. Be able  to qualify for a Department of Defense Secret Clearance
3. Be able to qualify for a NASA security badge
4. Have transportation to drive to Kennedy Space Center
5. Be able to work 20 hrs/week during the academic year (some at night)
6. Be able to work 30 hrs/week during the summer term (some at night)
7. Be able to deploy for field testing and experimentation at national test ranges

All travel expenses will be covered along with a stipend and University fees and tuition and medical insurance.  The stipend will include an increment for travel to and from the UCF campus to Kennedy Space Center. 

Contact him at​ 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

*Office of Undergraduate Research

Free service for the UCF community provided by the Office of Undergraduate

Research. Students, faculty, and staff with an or email
address can register at: 

Browse opportunities such as:
• Conferences
• Publications
• Scholarships
• Internships​

*Kitt Peak Research Experience

​Check out the attached document for the Kitt Peak REU for Summer 2015.