Thursday, December 7, 2017

Apply for the AIM Photonics Academy2018 Internship Matching Program

The AIM Photonics Academy's 2018 Internship Matching Program is now open. With one application, students will be able to apply for full-time summer internships with one of the participating companies in the AIM Photonics community. Companies will be able to directly access a pool of highly motivated and talented students and potential employees in the field integrated photonics manufacturing. The IEEE Photonics Society is a proud association partner of AIM Photonics and its mission. 

AIM Photonics Academy is the educational initiative of the AIM Photonics Institute, an United States Advanced Institute for Manufacturing. Companies will offer travel expenses, as well as a stipend and a clearly defined work project for the interns. The duration and start and end dates may vary depending upon the project and company.

Please note that currently only community college, undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the 2018 AIM Academy Internship Matching Program. Students must have at least a 3.4/4.0 or 4.25/5.0 average in an accredited college program to apply. Below is the list of the skills and education levels that are most in demand for 2018 industry interns in integrated photonics manufacturing field.
  • Silicon photonics design and testing – graduate and undergraduate students
  • Data science, sensors – graduate students
  • Photonics, optics, packaging – all levels
  • Robotic assembly, fiber optics – graduate and undergraduate students
In order to be considered for an internship, students must submit and complete an application along with a brief cover letter (200-300 words) and resume as one document. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

AIM Internship Matching Program - Apply here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tutoring Jobs Available

Apply to be a Physics Learning Assistant for Spring 2018. $10/hr, 10 hrs/wk. Application closes Dec 1. More info at

PHY4012 Teaching Introductory Physics: Study research on physics education and teaching methods, prep for graduate teaching assistantship, and guest teach in a local high school (3 cr, Spring 2018 Fri 2:30-5:20, pre-req: Physics 2). Contact for more info.

High school science & math teachers needed. Incentives include paid Masters degree, signing bonus up to $25k, student loan forgiveness, & paid internship. No education coursework needed. Start around $40k full-time, $25k part-time; hiring year-round. Contact for more info.

Tutors needed for local middle and high school math and science. Undergrads $25/hr, grads $45/hr. Contact for more info.

Adam LaMee
UCF Dept. of Physics PSB 111

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Product Manager Applications Engineer Position - Gooch and Housego

Title: Product Manager (Applications Engineer)

Job Summary: Manage commercial and technical aspects of a scientific instrumentation product line. Work with clients and product development teams to define and create industry leading imaging, light source, measurement and spectroradiometric instrument solutions for precise and demanding scientific, technical and production applications.

Location: Orlando, FL (Factory) – No relocation funds allocated

Status: Requires US citizenship or permanent residency

Minimum Education Level: Bachelors degree in a technical field and relevant experience

Employment Type: Full Time/Permanent

Position Type: Mid-career

Travel Required: Up to 25% Travel Required

Job Function: Engineering/Sales

Industry/Interest Area(s): Optics, photonics, imaging, spectroradiometery and applications


Reporting directly to the Senior Vice-President, Life Sciences and Instrumentation, this key contributor will work with our potential and existing clients, through direct and indirect channels, to meet their precision light measurement needs with Gooch and Housego’s industry leading solutions and expertise.

As the customer’s point of contact and voice, the candidate must be able to provide applications assistance, product support and sales of Gooch and Housego’s products and services to technical buyers. This includes responding to tenders, RFPs, RFQs, generating contracts, bid proposals and supporting the negotiation and closing sales with our distributors and representatives. The Product Manager is expected to follow up on quotations, drive processing of orders and maintain adequate records to document price quotations, decisions, progress and results of activity. The product manager will also be responsible for defining new products based on market knowledge, creating a marketing specification and working with engineering to drive development and release to market as well as managing custom or OEM product development to meet customer requirements.

They will use available resources such as sales leads, literature, samples and demos, telephones, Internet and email, computers and support staff and services to produce the most effective results and exercise strong administrative, organizational and communication skills. In addition, the Product Manager will be responsible for:

-       Organizing workshops and demonstrations
-       Monitoring daily/monthly orders and provide information in regards to account details
-       Expansion sales channels to increase market penetration in designated product areas and markets.
-       Attaining maximum sales and appropriate product mix.
-       Uncovering new sales opportunities through cold calling, networking and other proven marketing strategies
-       Watching for and identifying new markets
-       Setting and achieving established sales goals
-       Developing thorough knowledge of all frequently encountered applications and their appropriate solutions for which related products are required
-       Reporting significant changes or trends in area sales, interpreting customer needs into new product definitions and driving development. 
-       Providing feedback on product quality, needs, competition, business trends and unique product applications to management team
-       Completing any required reports
-       Maintaining files and records of customer names, orders and locations
-       Developing strategic marketing plan and coordinate the sales activities in conjunction with Engineering and Operations to achieve stated goals

Minimum Desired Qualifications:

A Bachelors degree in engineering, physics or equivalent and a minimum of 4 years experience or a graduate degree in engineering, computer science, physics or equivalent and a minimum of 2 years of applicable experience required. Also requires knowledge and experience with precision, light measurement systems. Proficient use of personal computers: Mac, Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

Must demonstrate the ability to simplify problems, articulate solutions, lead and delegate, have excellent communication skills and be a highly motivated team oriented self-starter.  Travel required up to 30%.

Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

Prior product and/or program management experience and certification. Experience with agile scrum and project management, versioning and related tools (i.e. MS/ Project, Jira, Asana, GitHub, etc…).


Salary will be based upon background and experience. Gooch and Housego offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package including tuition reimbursement, 401(k) plan and more. Gooch and Housego is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Gooch and Housego (Orlando)
4632 36th Street,
Orlando, FL 32811
Ph: 407-422-3171
Fax: 407-648-5412

Monday, October 9, 2017

AFRL Summer Internships

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.

Here is a link to the AFRL Scholars website:

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