Building the Photonics Army

It’s a tune that is becoming just a little too familiar in the photonics arena: As the industry grows, so too does the need for capable engineers and technicians. Unfortunately, the demand for these qualified employees—particularly recent college graduates—outweighs the current supply. Universities are feeling the squeeze as much as companies looking to hire, and […]

Education and Training in Optics and Photonics

The need for technicians, engineers, and scientists in the field of optical science and engineering is very important, and many countries perceive a challenge in trying to fill the gap between the existing brain and man power and the brain and man power required by the development of new industries in this domain. It is […]

Engaging in optics

A new consortium raises student awareness of photonics and helps educators bring science to light. Ask middle-school or high-school students what they plan to become when they grow up, and you’re likely to hear predictable responses: doctor, lawyer, athlete, musician, politician, and so on. Few will mention careers as designers, engineers, technicians, or scientists in […]