Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter School at Arizona

The College of Optical Sciences houses one of the largest and most comprehensive educational and research programs in optics & photonics. The goal of hosting the Optics and Photonics Winter School will be to give undergraduate students an overview of foundational areas in optics, and how they are related to specific fields of optics & photonics research, in hopes of encouraging more students to pursue a career in those fields. During each day of the Winter School, an introductory lecture will cover core material from a specific area of optics & photonics. The goal is to introduce key concepts and outline the curriculum necessary for a career in the field. The introductory lectures will be followed by presentations on selected topics, with the goal of connecting the core material to examples of cutting-edge research. Each day will involve lab tours of nearby facilities, including the world famous Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Job Openings at PFG Precision Optics

Hi Students - see this email we received:

Good Morning Dr. Saleh:

My name is Kelly Tillis and I am with PFG Optics in Ocean Springs, MS. I found your contact information on the University’s website in hopes that you will be able to assist us in filling some open positions. We currently have four engineering positions to fill—two in manufacturing and two in sales (sales engineer). We have been in the optics manufacturing business for nearly 40 years on the MS Gulf Coast, and given our local roots, we wanted to continue to hire local engineering talent. We are having a difficult time filling these roles, as we want individuals that meet our needs, but also have a strong likelihood of staying here. I am trying to reach out to MS and surrounding area colleges to increase our chances of locating some talented individuals.

I just posted the two openings on the career center’s job board today, but I wanted to go ahead and reach out to you, since you are the Dean of the College of Optics and Photonics, to see if there was anyone you would recommend or if there are ways for you to publicize this opening further within the college, so it reaches more relevant students.

I have attached both job summaries in this email, so you have a few more details about the positions. I would be happy to answer any questions you have or that the students have about our company or openings. I can be contacted directly via email at hr@pfgoptics.com. Thank you for taking the time to look through this email and for any assistance you can provide in helping us fill these roles!

Kelly Tillis
Human Resources Associate
Office: 228-875-0165 X 850

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Job Opening at Northrop Grumman Laser Systems

See the link below for the job posting:

We are looking for a laser engineer here at Northrop Grumman Laser Systems, in Apopka, and there’s a requisition posted online.  We were hoping to find a way to let the CREOL students know…is there anyone there we could talk to about getting it posted for the students?  Link to the req is below.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Princeton Optronics Job

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Position: Optical Engineer/Optical Scientist
Princeton Optronics is a privately held fast growth technology company with a strong customer base including Tier 1 players in consumer electronics and automotive industries across the globe. We are the world's leading technology company in the area of high power, high efficiency Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) which is becoming the dominant technology of diode lasers for a wide range of applications. Our multinational team consists of renowned experts in the field of diode lasers and related optical products
With this opening, we are looking for fresh graduate with BS/MS degree in Optical Engineering or Physics with a strong motivation to start his/her career in in optical product development. Strong analytical ability, experimental and theoretical background, excellent communication skills as well as ability to be focused in high pressure environment and deliver consistent results are the key characteristics for a candidate. We will provide full assistance to a new team member and will request timely and efficient execution of his/her tasks in return, which will include participation in experimental and theoretical work on optics, interfacing with other engineering and manufacturing partners as well as customers.
We provide competitive salaries and a full benefit plan including medical, dental and 401K.
Please send your resumes to: info@princetonoptronics.com
Short Description: Optical Scientist/ Engineer technical background required for lasers, basics of optics. Knowledge of diode Lasers, solid state lasers, LEDs, and semiconductor devices would be a plus​

Monday, June 27, 2016

Job Opening at Corning

Title: Software Engineer
Job Number: 181086
Location: Erwin

Are you interested in “Life Changing Innovation”?   As with Thomas Edison, we have a history of working with the world’s greatest innovators.  We solve our customers’ most complex problems that others can’t or won’t.    Collaboration, Innovative Spirit and Career Development are just a few of the reasons world class professionals choose Corning Incorporated for a career.  We are headquartered in Corning - a vibrant city in Upstate, NY where residents enjoy the benefits of a rich arts and culture scene, one of the world’s fastest-growing wine regions and a family friendly area with affordable homes and quality education. ​
Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems.
Corning’s history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.
For almost three decades, Corning Environmental Technologies has developed creative, highly effective emission control solutions for mobile and stationary sources around the world. We joined the campaign for cleaner air in the early 1970s, when we developed high-performance, cost-effective cellular ceramic substrates for use in catalytic converters. Our invention has become the industry standard for more than 95% of today’s catalytic catalytic-converter equipped vehicles. Today, we hold more than 200 patents on emission-control products and processes used in gasoline, diesel and alternative-fuel vehicles, as well as stationary applications.

To know more about Corning Environmental Technologies, visit us at :http://www.corning.com/products_services/environmental_technologies.aspx

Scope of Position:
This entry level Software Engineer position resides in the Corning Environmental Technologies (CET) Division Engineering Measurements & Controls group.  Develop, document and support standardized software solutions deployed throughout CET global manufacturing.  Participate as a technical team member on measurement and inspection system projects for process improvement and capital expansion projects.
Day To Day Responsibilities:
  • Assigned to engineering project teams that deliver automation and process machine systems to Corning’s manufacturing plants and processes.
  • Implement and support C# programs that interact with control systems and measurement devices.
  • Adhere to the Software Coding Standard, standard software architectures, and system integration requirements to satisfy process and manufacturing requirements.
  • Actively participate in project development phases including design, off-line integration testing, installation, production start-up support, training of plant personnel and technology transfer.
  • Individual must be capable of executing project assignments, in a cross-functional team based environment.
  • Report on project activities on a pre-determined basis.
  • Generate necessary software related documentation including requirements, design, test plan, and user guide.
  • Participate in Peer Code Reviews.
Travel Requirements:
  • 25% - 35% international and/or domestic. Travel to Environmental Technologies remote plant locations
 Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:
  • Normal Business Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM M-F
Required Education:
  • Bachelor’s in Computer and/or Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Mathematics
Required Years and Area of Experience:
  • 2+ years of experience

Required Skills:
  • Programming proficiency in an Object Oriented programming language (C#, VB.NET)
  • Strong software development skills
  • Strong desire and ability to learn image acquisition, image processing, and data acquisition techniques
  • Willingness to adhere to a Software Coding Standard, and standard software architecture
  • Experience using modern software programming languages and APIs
  • Ability to work on globally diverse, cross-functional technical project teams
  • Familiarity with the Software Development Process;  preparation, implementation,  deployment, maintenance and support
  • Familiarity with Software Management Systems  (Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Tortoise / Subversion)
 Desired Skills:
  • Experience with image acquisition and analysis (vision measurement systems)
  • Course work or experience with using tools such as MATLAB, Simulink etc.
  • Works well with other disciplines (process, mechanical engineering)
  • Controls/Electrical Experience in Manufacturing
  • Some experience in manufacturing environment
  • Experience with precision optical systems
  • Some knowledge of equipment engineering, process support and debug
  • Knowledge of proper relational database design
Soft Skills:
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) 
  • Interpersonal skills – engaging, enabling, open
  • Strong organizational skills

EOE/AA including Veterans and Disabled


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Internship at Verizon

Verizon has posted a position through UCF Experiential Learning for an engineering co-op at Verizon Wireless. This position will involve designing fiber optic communication networks and supporting the operations teams that constructs these networks. The work aligns very well with the fiber optics communication course that is offered at CREOL and will provide excellent, real-world experience for those who are interested in the communication industry. 
They are looking for a junior with a 3.0 or above GPA who can work at least 20 hrs./wk. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Internship at Open Optics

Open Optics is looking for an immediate intern for the summer:

Prototype assembly/alignment, data collection/interpretation, literature searching and technology briefings, vendor identification, etc​​

Contact Matt Weed at matt@open-photonics.com​

Thursday, May 19, 2016

REU in Optics and Photonics

We are now accepting applications for our REU Site on Optics and Photonics: Technologies, Systems, and Devices. Please announce it to your undergraduate students to apply.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

LightPath Photonics Job Opening

Contact Kimbery Clifton at kclifton@Lightpath.com 
An experienced Applications Engineer is now required to supplement our existing team working on innovative products. We are looking for a candidate who has recent product design, characterization and application experience with optical components, specifically Aspheric Lenses, Collimators and Infrared Assemblies. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic, friendly team of experienced industry professionals at our corporate facility in Orlando, FL.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serving as a general point of contact between company and assigned customers and prospects.
  • Understanding detailed customer applications and identifying optical solutions.
  • Generating sales quotations along with supporting technical and costing documentation.
  • Providing production with designs and documentation as needed.
  • Assisting production with analysis and recommending design adjustments.
  • Assisting as a source of technical knowledge regarding LightPath products and related information.
  • Dealing with customers directly on a technical level

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to understand technical specifications and to communicate regarding these with technical and non-technical personnel
  • Analytical skills to accurately translate customers’ needs into products and industry trends.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and to execute effectively and achieve results
  • Salesforce experience preferred, but not required
Minimum Qualifications (including Education):
Bachelor’s degree in Optical Sciences, Physics, or one of the Engineering disciplines preferred.  3-4 years of experience, preferably in glass or optical field.

Internship at ER Optics

ER Optics is looking for an intern to work exclusively on a Lockheed job. They will have several window panes that will need data analyzation. The position will consist of using the Zygo interferometer to measure and analyze the surface figure and also a Zygo Surface profiler for surface roughness.
The parts and the data will be inspected and the intern would need to be present for any questions concerning the data. This is a good opportunity for someone to get exposure to the inspection and technical staff of Lockheed for future networking. They are not sure if this will be a paid internship but certainly if need be, They can come up with something that works.
Eric Verney
Sr. Director - Material Technology
(407) 844--6983    /    everney@eroptics.com

Friday, April 1, 2016

Edmund Optics Grant

It's time to apply for the 2016 Edmund Optics Educational Award! We are distributing Global Educational Awards ranging from $500 to $10,000 in Edmund Optics products.
Don’t pass up this opportunity to apply if you are:
• Working on an interesting research project involving optics that will have an impact on tomorrow’s applications
• Member of an undergraduate, graduate or PhD program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
• Willing to spend 6 minutes to complete an easy online application
• In need of Edmund Optics products for your lab up to $10,000 in value
• Interested in sharing your research around the world and receiving recognition for it
If you answered YES to these questions, then the EO Educational Award is for YOU - Apply Now! Takes only 6 minutes.
Best of Luck,
EO Educational Team

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


See the attached flyer for more information on this program:

Our program provides significant academic support services to first generation, low-income, or students with disabilities. We are currently recruiting for 2016-2017 with a deadline of March 15. Would you be able to share the attached flyer with your Optics and Photonics undergraduates or with individual students who you think could benefit from the additional academic support? We offer one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, course selection assistance, help applying for financial aid and scholarships, and graduate and professional school preparation opportunities.

We are hoping to strengthen our on-campus partnerships for recruitment as the ability of faculty and advisors in departments to identify students who could benefit from the support is much greater that our mass recruitment efforts. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to meet to talk about the program benefits and requirements in more detail. Also, if you have any opportunities to speak with students directly about the program I would be happy to do that as well.

Thank you,

Amy Bickel
Assistant Director
University of Central Florida
Howard Phillips Hall, Suite 208
Orlando, Florida 32816-1920
P: 407-823-3287

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Undergrad Research in CREOL

Dr. K. Richardson’s Glass Processing and Characterization Lab is looking to hire an undergraduate researcher to mainly do refractive index measurements with a prism coupler. Applicants must be a US national and have a min cumulative GPA of 3.0. It is preferred that one has taken an optics lab course or has had prior experience in an optics lab. Please email Laura Sisken if you are interested or would like further information at sisken@knights.ucf.edu by March 4th.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (SURF) invites UCF students from all disciplines to participate in independent research and creative projects with UCF faculty members during the summer. Three program tracks areavailable: Emerging Fellows, Fieldwork Fellows, and Publishing Fellows. Applications are due March 18thand more information is athttps://www.our.ucf.edu/opportunities/summer-fellowship

Broadening your research experience
Engaging in professional development
Receiving a $1000 fellowship

Research proposal
Resume and cover letter
Faculty mentor support

(for more information and application tips)
FEBRUARY 29: 1:30-2:30PM (SU 221)
MARCH 2: 1:00-2:00PM (SU 221)​

Monday, February 22, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016


From Amy Perry:

Hi!  I have scheduled a photo session for Tuesday, Feb 2, 11 am to 2:00 pm.  Below is the location.

Classroom Bldg. I, Room 202,
The Faculty Multimedia Center
Photographer - Jon Findell

Please forward this note on to the other students that were interested having a portrait taken.   

The photographer is really easy to work with so I suggest that you look at the photo right after he takes it and let him know your personal favorite.  J

Once I have the files from the photographer, I will post on the web, for those currently listed, and send to the student directly.

Thank you!​

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Office of Undergraduate Research 2016 Showcase

The 2016 UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence is currently accepting applications from studentworking with faculty on research and creative projects. This poster showcase is an opportunity for students to present their work to the UCF community. Scholarships will be provided to outstanding presentations judged by UCF faculty.

The deadline to submit an application, including a poster abstract, is February 12th at 1pm. The Showcase will be held on April 7 from 1:00-4:00pm in the UCF Student Union.

We will be holding a workshop, “Write an Abstract and Get Ready to Present” to help students through the process of applying to and preparing for the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence. This workshop will be held twice in early February:
·         February 3, 12:00pm-1:00pm (SU 221)
·         February 4, 2:00pm-3:00pm (SU 221)

To learn more about the Showcase, and to apply, please visit: http://showcase.ucf.edu. 
Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at our@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Internship in Jena, Germany

We would like to kindly ask you for support to find students who want to do an internship in Jena next summer:
RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American and British universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions.
  • DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses
  • Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors
  • German language is not required and the working language will be in English
RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Office.

Our PhD students from the GRK 2101 (http://www.asp.uni-jena.de/IRTG2101_research_program.html) are offering several topics for internships (available after login).
We would be very grateful if you could inform your students about that opportunity. (Applicants are required to have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program by the time of the internship.)

And the online application system for our Master’s degree program is open again. If you have interested students we would be grateful, if you could inform them.

Thank you very much!
Kindest regards,

Dr. Dorit Schmidt
Coordinator Doctoral Program
Abbe School of Photonics
Friedrich-Schiller-Universit├Ąt Jena
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena

Tel.: +49(0)3641/947963 –new!
Fax: +49(0)3641/947962​

NIST Summer Undergrad Internships

Please see information below related to the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.  This is a fellowship opportunity to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering .  For more information related to submission please see: https://argis.research.ucf.edu/InternalOpportunities/Solicitations/Home.aspx?ResSolicitationId=829.  Internal submissions should be emailed to  natalie.thornhill-brown@ucf.edu by January 25, 2016. Thank you!

Natalie Thornhill-Brown
Research Development Assistant
University of Central Florida
Office of Research & Commercialization
12354 Research Parkway, Suite 211
Orlando, Florida 32826