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Vadim Smirnov
2000 MS in Optics
XVadim Smirnov
2000 MS in Optics

Current Position: Chief Technology Officer and Director of Holography at OptiGrate Corp.

In 1999 OptiGrate Corp pioneered commercial volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) from photo-thermo-refractive glass. VBG technologies were developed in the late 1990’s at the University of Central Florida with the US government funding and then licensed to OptiGrate for commercialization. Nowadays, OptiGrate is a leading manufacturer of VBG-based filters and components.

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Andrew Hunt
2012 MS in Optics
Atiloluwa Popoola
2014 MS in Optics
Jason B. Enz
2008 MS in Optics
Gisele Welch Bennett
1989 MS in Electrical Engineering
Felicie Albert
2004 MS in Optics
Yang Zhao
2008 MS in Optics

Optics & Photonics M.S. Program

Overview

The Masters of Science (MS) in optics program is intended for students with a bachelor's degree in optics, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related fields who wish to pursue a career in industry or go on for a Ph.D. degree. The MS degree is awarded to students who have demonstrated a high level of ability in their graduate studies. We offer both thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires students to carry out and write a thesis on an original research project in optics under the direction of a faculty member in the College of Optics and Photonics. The non-thesis option requires only coursework, but a comprehensive oral examination must be taken.

Graduate Catalog

The Current Graduate Catalog contains all degree requirements and university policies regarding graduate education. Previous Years Graduate Catalogs

MS Handbook

The MS handbook provides most details that students need to know to create their program of study and complete all requirements for the MS degree. If you do not find what you need in the handbook, please contact:
Office of Academic Programs
Tel: 407-823-6986
Email: gradprog@creol.ucf.edu
Previous Years Handbooks

Degree Requirements

The MS degree offers 3 options: the Photonics track, the Optics track, and the general MS degree in Optics and Photonics. All options require 30 graduate credit hours as described in the table below. Detailed requirements are given in the Graduate Catalog.
MS Requirements: 30 credit hours overall
General MS degree Photonics Track Optics Track
Required core coursework for all three degree options OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation
OSE 5115 Interference, Diffraction & Coherence
OSE 6525 Laser Engineering
Required Core Coursework for Tracks OSE 5414 Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices OSE 5203 Geometric Optics & Imaging Systems
OSE 6474: Optical Communication Systems OSE 6211 Imaging & Optical Systems
OSE6421 Integrated Photonics OSE6265 Optical Systems Design
Lab courses 6 hours minimum 3 hours minimum
Elective Requirements Non-Thesis – 15 hours, or Research Report – 12 hours, or Thesis - 9 hours Research Report Option - 3 hours, or
Thesis Option – 6 hours
Research Hour Requirements Non thesis- 0 hours, or Research Report- 3 hours or Thesis - 6 hours Research Report -6 hours, or
Thesis - 3 hours
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