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Alumni Profiles
Gabriel Popescu2002 PhDAssociate Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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I see my graduate studies at CREOL as the most important step in my training. The solid optics foundation allowed me to do well in research later. I am trying to incorporate as much as possible in the course that I am teaching now ECE460- Optical Imaging, and the new course I proposed for spring term called ECE598- Topics in Light Microscopy. Both of these courses are ones offered at the University of Illinois.
Jason B. Enz2008 MSManager of R&D Measurement & Inspection Equipment Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Ruidong Zhu2017 PhDDisplay Calibration Color Scientist Apple Inc.
Andrew Hunt2012 MSProduct Engineer III Research Electro-Optics, Inc. (REO)
Michael Mielke2003 PhDChief Scientist Raydiance
Ruidong Zhu2017 MSDisplay Calibration Color Scientist Apple Inc.
Edesly Canto-Said1989 PhD Clarke-MXR
David Haefner2010 PhDElectronics Engineer Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD)
Tiejun "TJ" Xia1994 PhDR&D Scientist Verizon
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.


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

The University application can be found at

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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