While 20th-century technology was defined by the growth of electronics, the 21st century belongs to photonics. LEDs will light households powered by photovoltaic panels and filled with displays and cameras communicating by optical fiber to distant owners wearing virtual reality glasses. Laser 3D printing will transform manufacturing. New microscopes and telescopes will peer into the depths of living cells and distant galaxies. Our photonics program is designed to provide rigorous training in theories and applications to place graduates at the forefront of these industries and many more yet to be invented.
The MS-EE photonics curriculum provides a firm theoretical foundation on the generation, modulation, radiative or guided transmission, sensing, and detection of optical signals. It also covers the state-of-the-art in application areas including optical telecommunications, medical instrumentation, photovoltaic power generation, information processing, optical instruments and environmental sensing. While some of these industries are mature, photonics continues to rapidly grow into new industries such as LED lighting and on-chip silicon photonics for multi-core CPUs. Our goal is to equip our students with both deep scientific understanding and broad knowledge of the current state of the art in photonic applications so they can play leading roles in the highly dynamic industries in photonics.