Graduate Optics & Optoelectronics

Optics is the science of bending and focusing light, which allows us to send signals and create images. Such technology can be used to concentrate sunlight for solar cells or project blockbuster films on the big screen.

Optical and electromagnetic engineers design a variety of everyday technologies including: medical imaging systems, fiber optic cables, lasers, virtual reality headsets, etc.

Optics Faculty and Research

Suggested Courses and Program of Study

The following is a suggested Program of Study for a full-time Electrical Engineering graduate student pursuing an MS degree with an emphasis in Optics & Optoelectronics. It is not required that students follow this course schedule, but it can used as a guide for planning out their graduate studies.

This Program of Study meets the requirements for the Coursework option and can easily be modified to meet the Project option. Students who wish to complete the Thesis option will need to take 10+ credit hours of ECE 6970 Thesis Research are recommended to meet with the Graduate Student Coordinator to create their academic plan.

As long as the MS degree requirements are met, any 5000-level or above ECE or allied (Math, Physics, CS, or other Engineering) courses may be substituted.

Non-Thesis Supervisory Committee

Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez

EM and optics: terahertz technology, high frequency electronics, two dimensional materials, active metamaterials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics

Steve Blair

Optics and photonics: physics and applications of resonance phenomena and linear and nonlinear optical phenomena, specifically; resonance enhancement in fluorescence-based molecular transduction, kinetics of bi-molecular interactions, microfabricated optical biosensor array systems, design of periodic and aperiodic systems of artificial resonators, and plasmonics-nanophotonic systems based on metallic structures

Rajesh Menon

Optics and nanotechnology: absorbance modulation optical lithography, patterning via optical saturable transitions, optical nanoscopy, and ultra-high frequency solar energy via a nanostructured polychromatic concentrator

Industry Partners