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Alumni Profiles
Hubert Seigneur
2010 PhD in Optics
XHubert Seigneur
2010 PhD in Optics

Current Position: Research Scientist at Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida

I am a Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center, a UCF research center located at Cocoa Florida. Although UCF is my current employer, I am an UCF assignee to the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium or U.S. PVMC (, an industry an industry-led consortium for cooperative R&D among industry, university, and government partners. The consortium main objective is to accelerate the transition of new technologies into mainstream manufacturing. As the crystalline Silicon Feedstock & Wafering program manager, my main responsibilities within the consortium are to take the lead in launching and coordinating collaborative R&D projects under the program, organizing workshops, establishing strong partnership with industry leaders, and assembling teams to go after new opportunities and funding. Being involved with the consortium has allowed to work with some of the most talented individuals in the industry. Furthermore, I also work on research projects outside the consortium with the university.

How an Education from the College of Optics and Photonics has helped his career:

My education at CREOL has helped me in many ways. The unique curriculum provided me with the technical knowledge to work in the photovoltaic field where optics and the physics of semiconductors play a big role. The labs and equipment provided me with valuable hands-on experience. The regular high-quality seminars and discussion with talented scientist/faculty have helped me become a better and more rounded scientist.

Advice for Graduate students:

Be open-minded and adaptable. Ask a lot of questions. Attend as many seminars as possible. Seek to understand not just what/how but also why. Do not take anything for granted. Strive to be exposed to as many tools as possible (lab equipment, modeling tools, softwares, etc.)

Atiloluwa Popoola
2014 MS in Optics
Jason B. Enz
2008 MS in Optics
Yang Zhao
2008 MS in Optics
Felicie Albert
2004 MS in Optics
Gisele Bennett
1989 MS in Electrical Engineering
Gabriel Popescu
2002 PhD in Optics
David Haefner
2010 PhD in Optics
Andrew Hunt
2012 MS in Optics
Umar Piracha
2012 PhD in Electrical Engineering

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. his 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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