Industrial Affiliates Program
Since its formation in 1987 as CREOL – The Center for Research and Education in
Optics and Lasers, the College of Optics and Photonics has been guided by its mandate
to be a center of excellence in optics and lasers, in both research and education,
and to act as an intellectual, scientific and technical resource to the optics and
photonics industry. This mission is congruent with one of the five major objectives
of the University of Central Florida: to be the leading Partnership University in
the nation in the twenty-first century.
Towards this end, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics has formed strong
bonds with industry, has become a major force in Florida's laser and photonics
community, and is a prime source of highly educated talent in the optics and photonics
field. The College is recognized as a key component of the national as well as international
fabric in optics and photonics.
Industrial corporations and businesses that are involved in the development or use
of optics and photonics, or foresee the company’s involvement in future applications
and processes using optics and photonics, are encouraged to become involved in our
programs. This involvement will positively impact our progress and our expanding
education and research programs, and will help formulate and crystallize our vision
for developments and applications in optics and photonics in the future.
Progressions in optics and photonics will play an increasingly important role in
many segments of our society, in our technological future, and in the economic strength
of our nation. The principal vehicles through which industries and organizations
can participate in our programs are through membership in our Industrial Affiliates
program, and through sponsorship of specific research activities. All of our faculty
members participate in the formulation and execution of a wide variety of proposals
for external funding – SBIR, STTR, ATP, GOALI, and federal BAA – and actively seek
corporate partners for these efforts.
To join the College of Optics and Photonics Industrial Affiliates program, please
fill out a Membership Application. If you
will be joining with a cash contribution for the annual donation, please use the
UCF Foundation online form.