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Crcd Multi Disciplinary Optical Science And Engineering Program At Njit

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.119.1 - 2.119.10



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T. Chang

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R. Barat

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J. F. Federici

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H. Grebel

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A. M. Johnson

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Session 1526

CRCD Multi-Disciplinary Optical Science and Engineering Program at NJIT

J. F. Federici, A. M. Johnson Dept. of Physics

H. Grebel, T. Chang Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

R. Barat Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Environmental Science New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102

As part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Combined Research/Curriculum Development (CRCD) program, we are developing complementary applied optical science and engineering courses which will (1) provide a unified, multidepartmental optical science/ engineering curriculum and (2) emphasize optics courses which will provide laboratory and classroom training to undergraduate and graduate students in emerging areas of industrial and national importance. In particular, our efforts are focused on the collective strengths of the Engineering School and the Applied Physics Programs: Environmental monitoring and detection of pollutants, industrial process monitoring, optoelectronics, and ultrafast optics and optoelectronics. This multidisciplinary program focuses on optical science and technology as an enabling technology: A technology with applications to many different engineering and scientific disciplines and the potential for significant contributions to those disciplines.

An interdisciplinary team of five professors representing chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and applied physics have developed a unified Optics program at NJIT consisting of three courses with integrated laboratory components. The following courses have been developed:

OPSE 301 -- Optics Principles -- A multidisciplinary introduction to optics principles. OPSE 402 -- Applications -- A multidisciplinary course emphasizing optics applications in Chemical, Environmental, Industrial, and Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. OPSE 601 -- Advanced Topics -- An multidisciplinary graduate level course.

OPSE 301 and 402, which include integrated laboratory components, are intended for upperlevel undergraduates. OPSE 601, which emphasizes small group projects in each faculty member's research lab, is designed for advanced undergraduate and new graduate students. Detailed course and laboratory descriptions may be found at URL:http//

I. Motivation

A 1994 NSF workshop on "Optical Science and Engineering: New Directions and Opportunities in Research and Education" recommended an emphasis in optics research and education because "Optical Science and Engineering is an enabling technology--that is, a technology with


Chang, T., & Barat, R., & Federici, J. F., & Grebel, H., & Johnson, A. M. (1997, June), Crcd Multi Disciplinary Optical Science And Engineering Program At Njit Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6478

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