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As the International Year of Light draws to a close, we have made some significant strides in our program. I am happy to report that Electro-Optics (EO) is in the process of becoming a new department. The proposal has been approved by the chairs of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics, the Academic Leadership Committee in the School of Engineering (SoE), the respective deans of SoE and the College of Arts and Sciences, the graduate school, and most recently, by the academic senate. Additionally, EO also formed its first advisory board which met on campus in November, 2015.
In the Fall of 2015, EO welcomed about 20 new students into our program, many of whom are being supported as teaching and research assistants. We are grateful to the Sensors and Materials directorates of Air Force Research Labs, as well as local companies such as Applied Optimization and Protobox for supporting many of our students. For 2015, EO graduated 3 PhDs and 13 MS students. Some of our MS graduates are now pursuing their PhD in EO. We are currently working on agreements with Huazong University of Science and Technology, the largest optics institute in China, and with Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, a leading optics research institute in Mexico, to recruit students in EO for the coming Fall.
2015 has also been a banner year for research. Dr. Mikhail Vorontsov's Intelligent Optics Lab received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grant for high-performance cluster computing, as well as a prestigious National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant for the development of a high-power adaptive phased fiber-array laser system, with applications in additive manufacturing.
A special welcome to Dr. Chenlong Zhao, who joined in Fall 2015 as assistant professor in Physics, with specialization in EO, particularly in the areas of nanophotonics, metamaterials, graphene, and optical trapping.
I wish you all a very happy, illuminating, and productive 2016!
Dr. Partha Banerjee
Research DARPA and partner Optonicus designed this optical phased array used in the Excalibur demonstration to improve laser performance. Electro-optic technology rapidly revises how we use and interact with technology. Our program is one of the most advanced in the world with research opportunities available from faculty members, UDRI, AFRL, industry, state of Ohio and federal government. It is our mission to educate engineers and scientists with courses that evolve to meet our optic-community needs.
DARPA and partner Optonicus designed this optical phased array used in the Excalibur demonstration to improve laser performance. Electro-optic technology rapidly revises how we use and interact with technology. Our program is one of the most advanced in the world with research opportunities available from faculty members, UDRI, AFRL, industry, state of Ohio and federal government. It is our mission to educate engineers and scientists with courses that evolve to meet our optic-community needs.
Receive an advanced degree in Electro-Optics and be at the heart of new technologies in telecommunications, medicine and manufacturing.
The University of Dayton's Electro-Optics Graduate Program began in 1983 with challenging courses complemented by unparalleled research opportunities including a laser radar curriculum through our Ladar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) — we offer cutting-edge research opportunities.
The School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences collaborate to provide you with a path to academic success along with the U.S. Air Force and other regional businesses. We offer 20 dedicated electro-optics laboratories on campus and have access to our nation's largest Air Force research and development facilities as well as the University of Dayton Research Institute that conducts over $70 million in annual sponsored research.