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Expanding Photonics Education in the International Year of Light

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.714.1 - 26.714.7



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Anca L. Sala Baker College, Flint

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Dr. Anca L. Sala is Professor and Dean of Engineering and Computer Technology at Baker College of Flint. In addition to her administrative role she is involved with development of new engineering and technology programs and curriculum, improving teaching and assessment of student learning, assessment of program outcomes and objectives, and ABET accreditation. She is a founding member of Mi-Light Michigan Photonics Cluster, and is active in the ASEE, ASME, and OSA professional societies serving in various capacities.

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Expanding Photonics Education in the International Year of LightAbstractThe year 2015 has been proclaimed the International Year of Light and Light-basedTechnologies by the United Nations General Assembly1. This global initiative will highlight theimportance of light and optical technologies in promoting sustainable development andproviding solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. xxx Collegehas introduced an exciting, new program in Photonics and Laser Technology in fall 2013 withsupport from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE)program. The program is now completing its second year and graduating a first group of well-prepared photonics technicians ready for employment in the growing photonics industry in thestate and across the US. The second year marked the successful completion of the programcurriculum and further development of the Optics and Photonics Laboratory. Outreach activitiesincluded summer programs for high school and middle school students. The paper describes theoutcomes of the two year project in relation to the objectives of the NSF ATE grant. Challengesand lessons learned along the way are discussed, together with plans for sustainability and futureexpansion of the program.References1. 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies,,accessed on Oct. 2, 2014

Sala, A. L. (2015, June), Expanding Photonics Education in the International Year of Light Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24051

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