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Alumni Profiles
Michael Mielke2003 PhDChief Scientist Raydiance
XMichael Mielke

Current Position: Director of Engineering at Lumentum (formerly JDSU)

Mike manages the company's development of kilowatt class lasers for the global $2B laser cutting and welding market. Builds the R&D team and insures the success of major product development programs. Works closely with product line managers and product marketing managers to drive the technology and product roadmaps for the kilowatt laser business segment. Manages and tracks the execution of milestones through the formal product development process (PDP), including product variants (PV) and new product introduction (NPI). Manages OpEx and CapEx budgets. He manages a team of 16 employees.

Other recent positions he has held include Program Manager, Micro Processing at TRUMPF, Inc. and Chief Scientist at Raydiance.

Professional Society Involvement:

  • Senior Member of OSA
  • Senior Member of SPIE
  • Member of IEEE Photonics Society
  • Program Chair, CLEO Applications & Technology Committee
  • Mentor, The Innovation School, Washington, DC
  • Member of CLEO Joint Council on Applications
  • Member of CLEO Steering Committee
  • Chair of the Optical Society of America (OSA) Public Policy Committee
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
  • David Richardson Medal Committee
  • Judge-OSA Enabled by Optics contest
  • Member of OSA Industry Development Associates Committee
  • Industrial Advisory Board, College of Optics & Photonics, UCF
  • Judge-Start-Up Challenge, SPIE Photonics West
  • SPIE Photonics West Program Committee on Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications
  • Laser Microprocessing Committee, International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO)
  • Committee on Non-Linear and Ultrafast Optics (NLUO), IEEE Photonics Society
  • Guest Entrepreneur at University of California Entrepreneurship Academy, Sacramento, CA
Naman Anilkumar Mehta2016 MSEngineer Nufern, CT
Hubert Seigneur2010 PhDResearch Scientist Florida Solar Energy Center
Vadim Smirnov2000 MSChief Technology Officer and Director of Holography OptiGrate Corp
Edesly Canto-Said1989 PhD Clarke-MXR
Andrew Hunt2012 MSProduct Engineer III Research Electro-Optics, Inc. (REO)
Jason B. Enz2008 MSManager of R&D Measurement & Inspection Equipment Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Tiejun "TJ" Xia1994 PhDR&D Scientist Verizon
Alessandro Salandrino2011 PhDAssistant Professor University of Kansas
Yang Zhao2008 MSPostDoctoral Fellow Stanford University-Materials Science and Engineering Department

Optics & Photonics MS & PhD: Prospective Students

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our graduate programs! CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics offers Degrees at the Masters and Ph.D. levels. We are always looking for talented individuals who have an interest in Optics and Photonics and the graduate programs we offer. This part of the website is intended to provide prospective students with more information about the field of Optics and Photonics, our graduate programs, and assistance to help guide you through the application process.

Who should apply?

There are no precise rules about this. Very few students get BS degrees in Optics, so most of our students come to us from other disciplines. As a result, our student population is very diverse, with backgrounds spanning from theoretical physics to materials science to engineering. Read more...

Why Photonics?

Since you are reading this, you may not need to be convinced that the field of Optics and Photonics is for you. However, Optics is a field that is rapidly growing and is becoming increasingly pervasive in many diverse fields of science and engineering. Just think of fiber optics and telecommunications, of medical imaging and cancer research, Defense and Homeland Security and of many consumer technologies such as digital cameras, high definition TVs and PDAs, which were made possible through optics and photonics research. For more examples, please visit the Optical Society of America web site.


CREOL was founded as the Center of Excellence in Research in Optics and Lasers at the University of Central Florida in 1985. The center rapidly grew in size and stature, eventually becoming the College of Optics and Photonics, with over 40 faculty, more than 60 research scientists and approximately 160 students specializing in all areas concerning the science and engineering of light. Read more...


CREOL Alumni have received the education to help them become leaders and innovators. Whether in industry or academia, our graduate students have gone on to invent new technologies, formed new companies, head research groups at the leading universities around the world, and held highly regarded positions in academia.

How to apply

We encourage all students who are interested in applying for admission to complete our pre-application process before they complete the UCF application. Our pre-application is required to apply for funding from the College. There is no separate application for funding.

Optics in Other Degree Programs at UCF

Students interested in optics but wishing to pursue related PhD degrees, such as electrical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, etc., are encouraged to carry out their dissertation research in optics under the supervision of a College of Optics and Photonics faculty member. Such students are also encouraged to apply for our fellowships when applying for admission to UCF. Application for a fellowship should be initiated by filling out the Pre-Application

There is an undergraduate optics track in the physics BS degree program at UCF. Information on this track is available from the Physics Department.

Online Graduate Catalog

The Online Graduate Catalog serves the function of outlining policies and procedures that govern the academic process at UCF. The College handbook is an extension of graduate policy specific to the College of Optics and Photonics. For additional information, contact:
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