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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Part Time Job

Scanner Max is currently looking to fulfill two full time (minimum 30 hours a week) positions in their assembly line. The positions involve the mechanical assembly of small galvanometers used in optical scanning systems. Basic knowledge of electric motors, series/parallel circuits and soldering are a plus and ideal candidates are sophomore students. Start pay is $10.00/hr plus benefits and we offer flexibility of schedule for school.

Email to address below and include resume. Also, as a hint, personal hobbies/projects can take the place or complement work experience if applicable to the position.

Erik Dominguez
Production Manager
ScannerMAX, Inc.
9501 Satellite Boulevard, Suite 109
Orlando, FL 32837 - USA
Phone: +1-407-299-2088
Fax:   +1-407-299-6066

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jobs at Northop Grumman

See the list below and more details about the jobs here.

Requisition Number:  16004493

·         Responsible for all Fabrication initiatives, including: production, engineering, process control, process development, tooling design, cost reduction, and quality improvement 
·         Manage all department manufacturing operations within two fabrication departments
·         Manage the supervisors and the engineering staff that support the two fabrication departments
·         Establish and execute manufacturing plans
·         Develop capital and departmental budgets and control department spending
·         Develop new fabrication/polishing processes for crystals and optics and to improve/modify/perfect existing processes
·         Establish and execute training programs for all department personnel
·         Ensure all SYNOPTICS’ policies and procedures are implemented and maintained
·         Perform other responsibilities as assigned/required

·         Bachelor’s Degree in a business or scientific discipline required; MBA preferred
·         Minimum 3 years of experience working in a relevant manufacturing environment in a supervisory/leadership capacity
·         Must be familiar with and show success in Lean Manufacturing disciplines and process improvements
·         Must possess the ability to rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals

Requisition Number:  17005260

  • Develop new metrology techniques
  • Develop fabrication processes for new products; Make improvements to processes for existing products
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the cutting, shaping, grinding, and polishing processes for current all new materials
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the current metrology techniques at SYNOPTICS as well as creating new measurement techniques (customer required or for in-house characterization)
  • Transitioning new metrology techniques to a manufacturing environment
  • Create written documentation for new processes and process improvements, for both fabrication and metrology
  • Participate in developing new business opportunities
·         Participate in team projects developing process improvement methods, solutions, and procedures to enhance quality, cost, and scheduling

  • Provide technical training for manufacturing employees, which will require shift flexibility on a limited basis
  • Work cooperatively with manufacturing personnel to develop, improve, and transition processes to manufacturing

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or Optics is required; a related engineering degree will be considered
·         1-3 years of industry experience is preferred, which would include having knowledge of lasers, spectroscopy, optical fabrication and/or optical testing
·         Thorough understanding of the fabrication processes of cutting, shaping, grinding, and polishing
·         Ability to work in a team environment working closely with engineers, technicians, operators, and management across various disciplines
·         Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required
·         Knowledge of hardware/software interfacing (e.g. Labview) is a plus

Requisition Number:  17005419

·         Develop, test, and maintain client/server applications and other components using Microsoft C#.NET (Visual Studio 2012 or higher), and SQL Server 2008 (or higher) stored procedures, primarily to support manufacturing, accounting, and sales processes
·         Develop, test, and maintain complex TSQL stored procedures that contain product flow, scheduling, and other business control logic
·         Actively participate in cross-functional project teams, interfacing with manufacturing, office, technical, and managerial staff to gather and refine functional requirements and specifications; draw upon knowledge and experience to advise team members on the information technology aspects of projects; recommend alternative methods that will reduce complexity, promote standardization, and improve efficiency of applications and supported processes
·         Produce written documentation detailing project objectives and rationale, application specifications, procedural requirements, and descriptions of application functions
·         Create written user operating instructions and technical documentation
·         Respond to software issues reported by users, conduct research to determine corrective action, and develop and deploy patches and upgrades to existing systems
·         Design and produce reports for management and production personnel using SQL Server stored procedures and SQL Server Reporting Services
·         Create, test, and maintain database-enabled VBA macros to automate Excel spreadsheets that present production and accounting data for analysis
·         Analyze system capabilities to resolve questions regarding program intent, output requirements, input data acquisition, programming techniques, and controls; advise technical and managerial staff on technical feasability of various solutions

·         BS degree, preferably in computer science or an engineering discipline
·         5+ years of experience developing client/server applications using Microsoft C#.NET and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (or higher) stored procedures, and Microsoft Office Suite (VBA)
·         Strong TSQL coding skills are a must
·         Must have experience integrating new applications, and existing application enhancements, into an overall system framework to ensure scalability and extensibility
·         Must be able to work independently as well as on teams
·         Must be able to make decisions regarding technical approach to meet objectives of assignments
·         Must be able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings

·         Experience interfacing to ERP and CRM systems is preferred
·         Experience developing solutions for use in manufacturing environments and familiarity with APICS body of knowledge is preferred
·         Familiarity with Visual Basic.NET is a plus
·         Experience supporting and enhancing Microsoft Access applications is a plus

Requisition Number: 17006707

·         Design, develop, and implement technical solutions relating to optical fabrication applications in the areas of precision polishing, grinding, and shaping
·         Research, design, and develop optical fabrication technology, processes, and related tooling
·         Perform a variety of research and testing for development of production processes
·         Formulate process instructions and procedures
·         Perform root cause analysis and implement changes to reduce waste and cycle time

·         Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field is required
·         Proficiency in utilizing Microsoft Office Suite is required
·         Strong organizational and communications skills (both written and verbal) are required
·         Knowledge of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing concepts is preferred
·         Manufacturing internship experience preferred

Requisition Number:  17002628

·         Perform troubleshooting and repairs of fabrication machinery and equipment controls
·         Service and repair precision machinery including PLC or DCS controlled devices
·         Work independently or with fellow technicians to identify root cause events and areas for improvement
·         Support engineers with new designs, calibrations, and installations
·         Conduct routine or special inspections to determine maintenance activities to prevent breakdowns of facility equipment and discrete machinery
·         Use hand and power tools
·         Test, inspect, troubleshoot, and repair machines using prints, diagrams, specifications, and manufacturers drawings
·         Support other areas:  HVAC, plumbing, sheet metal, and welding

·         Candidate must be able to work the following schedule: Thursday through Sunday: 4:15pm - 2:45am (Four 10-hour days)
·         High school diploma plus a minimum of eight years of direct experience in a manufacturing environment is required; or a two-year technical degree with a minimum of three years of experience is preferred
·         Possess basic electrical skills including motor control, electrical distribution, and machinery installation
·         Possess basic mechanical skills repairing and maintaining manufacturing machinery and equipment
·         Ability to use a ladder, work in elevated work areas, and frequently lift up to 45 pounds
·         Experience in servicing and maintaining HVAC equipment is a plus

Texas Instruments Internship

Received this for a position for the summer:

We are looking for a summer intern to assist with laser phosphor conversion measurements, head up display characterization and additional high visibility projects as part of the DLP optics team. 

Specifically for the student;
- sophomore EE, Optics, Physics. Good lab hands-on skills Citizenship

Thank you for your input.


Steve Shaw
Optical-ME systems manager
Texas Instruments



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Positions at Bridg

Noting that the Photon-X sponsored positions have an ‘immediate’ start date and their corresponding application portal is open for only two weeks (starting 3/17/2017), we ‘ask’ for your assistance in quickly distributing the attached program description to your faculty and students.  The attached description includes program overview, opportunities and expectations, project descriptions, list of the BRIDG mentors, and the ‘when and where to apply’ instructions.  We have the positions posted on UCF-KnightLink Job site: Job ID 97974.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Research Paid Position

A research project entitled “Evaluation of the optical and mechanical properties of chalcogenide fiber” is under way during the Spring 2016 semester at CREOL. Lockheed Martin is funding a program led by Dr Kenneth L Schepler ( to evaluate the state of the art in chalcogenide fiber durability. Chalcogenide glass fibers will be tested for their ability to transport high-power infrared laser beams. We will measure beam transmission and beam quality as a function of input power in chalcogenide fibers made commercially and at CREOL.
We are in need of an undergraduate student to perform laboratory tasks such as fiber cleaving/polishing, data acquisition, and data analysis. Students interested in applying for this research position should meet the following requirements:

  • successfully completed OSE 4520/OSE 4520L Laser Engineering
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • full-time student working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Photonic Science and Engineering
  • NOT currently involved in Senior Project work
  • US citizenship
  • provide CREOL faculty reference

Students will be expected to work 10 hours per week between now and 31 May 2017. Work will be overseen by CREOL faculty and graduate students. Final briefings will be given by students to Lockheed Martin representatives interested in potential new hires.

Please contact Dr. Schepler at

Jobs at IMEC

Here is a set of jobs from IMEC:

We are in need of some more senior talent for our next round of hires. I hope to have more job openings within the next couple of weeks as newly hired Program Managers develop their projects and talent needs. Call or email anytime if I can be a resource for you in anyway.

Sr. Analog Mixed Signal Chip Architect:

Sr. Analog RF IC Designer

Imaging and Camera Systems Engineer

Program Manager, IC Link

Sr. System Architect mm wave imaging

Kind Regards,
Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, imec Florida
M +1 315 491 5942  I
400 W. Emmett  I  St. Kissimmee  I  FL 34741  I  USA

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Internship at OptiGrate

Job ID: OG17-GI1
Position: Optical Manufacturing Intern
Company Name: OptiGrate Corp
Job location: Oviedo, FL (2 miles from UCF/CREOL)
Position type: Student internship, ~20hr/wk (minimum engagement for 6 months)
Compensation: $10/hr
Desired Education Level: UCF freshman students pursuing technical degree are encouraged to apply

Job Description
The successful candidate will work as a member of the Glass Manufacturing Department and will assist in optical glass polishing and testing. Any experience with glass processing machinery as well as ability in instrumentation maintenance and resolving troubleshooting are a plus.


OptiGrate Corp is a fast growing, innovative technology company with leading positions in design and development of holographic optical elements. The Company is proud to have more than 500 customers on 6 continents in optoelectronics, analytical, semiconductor, research, and defense industries. OptiGrate was elected one of the 50 Florida Companies to Watch in 2011 and Small Manufacturer of the Year in 2014 from Manufacturers Association of Central Florida.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ExxonMobil Fellowship/Internship

ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded International oil & gas companies, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with one of ExxonMobil engineers/scientists to learn how their knowledge is applied in a corporate setting.

Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the 
Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to 
sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a 4-year college or university.
- Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Industrial Engineering, Material Sciences, Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics

Other Requirements:
- Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
- Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

This opportunity available through the LOFT program are for Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company's website directly. If you have questions please contact Please use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in the subject line. The 2017 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close April 11, 2017, @11:59 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

GES Job - Optical Engineer

Hello Mike,

This is Sangtaek Kim from GES, Inc.
Our company ( is hiring an optical engineer, and wonder if
You can distribute the attached job description to interested students, or post in the job bulletin board.

Thank you.

Sangtaek Kim | Sr. Optical Engineer | GES, Inc. | T: 669-234-1106 | M: 303-319-5245 | |

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


This came from LinkedIn

Laser Engineer- Systems/Optical
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Orlando, Florida Area - 1 day ago

Decision Science Internship -Fall 2017
The Walt Disney Company
Orlando, Florida Area - 11 days ago

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

Research Experience for Undergrads

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Engineering and Nanoscience of
Materials and Device Applications in Biotechnology and Medicine


December 22 Research Experience for Undergrads

Applications are now being accepted for The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our program is Research in Optics (RiO) and we are now accepting applications for this summer with a deadline of February 28, 2017.
Our college is internationally recognized for its innovative research programs. Our research covers a broad set of technologies and techniques for using the properties and applications of light, touching virtually every field of science and industry. Our faculty are innovative and decorated — and constantly expanding the boundaries of optics knowledge. Apply to become part of the experience with the RiO program!
During the 10-week summer program, a maximum of 10 students will engage in world-class optical sciences research and will learn of the versatile application of optics.
Participants will also:
  • Learn valuable public speaking skills
  • Give a presentation on their work
  • Showcase their research at a poster session
  • Complete a GRE prep course
  • Take the GRE exam
REU students will be offered a stipend in addition to lodging. This program is geared towards students in the STEM fields and open to rising juniors and seniors or second year community college students. The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer; under-represented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information or to apply go to:

Thank you,

Melissa Sarmiento Ayala, M.Ed.| Sr. Academic Advisor
The University of Arizona
College of Optical Sciences
Meinel Room 403D
📞 520.626.6737  

SPIE Scholarships

Scholarship Flyer (Application Deadline: February 15, 2017)

The Scholarship application for 2017 SPIE Scholarships is available to full- and part-time students who are SPIE Student Members. More information and directions are available here: