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As the celebrations for the International Year of Light drew to a close, the Electro-Optics Program was proud to celebrate a landmark event of its own. Effective July 1, 2016, the Electro-Optics Program became the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics (EOP).
As a new department, we look forward to increasing our enrollment in the graduate program. I am pleased to say that recently two important agreements have been signed with foreign universities/institutions to bring in high-quality MS and PhD students in EOP. The first agreement is with Huazong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan which is one of the top optics institutions in China. This is a result of personal connections of Dr. Cong Deng, research scientist in EOP, who is an alumnus from HUST. In addition to students from HUST coming to the University of Dayton, EOP will also be co-teaching courses at HUST in the coming years. The second agreement is with Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica (CIO) in Leon, which is one of the premier optics research centers in Mexico. The arrangement with CIO is the culmination of visits to the University of Dayton by professors and students from the institution who came to work with Dr. Qiwen Zhan. We hope to get up to 5 MS students from HUST and up to 5 MS and 5 PhD students from CIO in the coming academic year. Furthermore, we have also established close collaborations and student and faculty exchanges with Universidad de Guanajuato and Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (INAOE) in Mexico.
The collaboration between EOP and Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) remains strong as several students continue to be funded from the Materials and Sensors directorates at AFRL. Dr. Imad Agha and Dr. Qiwen Zhan received a contract from AFRL Sensors to support a new graduate student Gary Sevison in EOP. Dave Lombardo, a PhD student in EOP, received an AFRL DAGSI award.
EOP has been successful in bringing in funding from other organizations as well. In addition to the existing MURI and the DURIP grant on supercomputing, Dr. Mikhail Vorontsov recently got a prestigious NSF MRI award on 3D laser manufacturing. Dr. Jay Mathews received a Navy grant, and Dr. Paul MacManamon received a Phase I and now a Phase II STTR contract from NASA on optical beam steering.
I am pleased to say that a new endeavor in the area of electro-optic crystal growth is under way. With a $200K support from Dean Rojas and additional support from Dr. Paul McManamon, we are establishing the Center for Crystal Growth, Characterization and Applications within EOP. The goal of this is to produce electro-optics crystals for various optical applications such as beam steering, beam coupling and holography. In the long run, we wish to make these crystals available to researchers and other customers in the country. We are fortunate to have productive inputs from Dr. Ratnakar Neurgaonkar, formerly from Rockwell International, and an internationally renowned expert in this area.
It is our goal to see the department grow to one of the premier optics institutions in the country. Best wishes to all.
Dr. Partha Banerjee
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