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Alumni Profiles
Frank Effenberger1995 PhDVice President Access Networks Futurewei Technologies
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Frank J. Effenberger is considered a world expert in the field of fiber access networks and passive optical networks. In 2008, he became the chairman of International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies. In 2011, he was named as Huawei Fellow, and, in 2015, he was named as a fellow of both the OSA and the IEEE. He holds 60 U.S. patents. Before joining his current company in 2006, Frank was a systems engineer at Motorola. Prior to that, he served at Quantum Bridge Communications, where he managed the system engineering group. He also held other positions in the fiber optics industry, with Science Application International Corporation, Bell Communications and Discovery Semiconductors. He earned his undergraduate in engineering and engineering physics in 1988 at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and a master’s degree in optics from the University of Rochester in 1989, ranking first in his class.

Daming Xu2016 PhDSenior Display Engineer Apple Inc.
Fenglin Peng2017 MSResearch Scientist Facebook Oculus
Jason M. Eichenholz1998 PhDCEO Luminar Technologies
Gabriel Popescu2002 PhDAssociate Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ruidong Zhu2017 PhDDisplay Calibration Color Scientist Apple Inc.
Linghui Rao2012 PhDDisplay Engineer Microsoft Surface
Naman Anilkumar Mehta2016 MSEngineer Nufern, CT
David Haefner2010 PhDElectronics Engineer Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD)
Fenglin Peng2017 PhDResearch Scientist Facebook Oculus

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.

Why CREOL?

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...

Alumni

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

The University application can be found at application.graduate.ucf.edu

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:
Office of Academic Programs
Tel: 407-823-6986
Email: gradprog@creol.ucf.edu
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