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CREOL Researchers Achieve the First Observation of de Broglie-Mackinnon Wave Packets by Exploiting Loophole in 1980’s-era Laser Physics Theorem

January 25, 2023
Observation of optical de Broglie–Mackinnon wave packets highlights the team’s research using a class of pulsed laser beams they call space-time wave packets. In an interview with Dr. Abouraddy, he provides more insight into his team’s research and what it may hold for the future. Q: You accomplished several “firsts” during this phase of your…

Recent UCF Graduates Have Accepted Tenure-track Positions at Top Universities

July 29, 2022
Getting a tenure-track faculty position at a university has become harder, but several UCF recent graduates are beating the odds. For many students, an academic position is the goal. For others, it’s industry. Getting into academia is challenging. The American Association of University Professors reports tenured faculty positions have declined to approximately only 21% of…

Wu Chosen as Academician by Academia Sinica of Taiwan

July 20, 2022
The clear and sharp resolution of LCD screens is ubiquitous today, but their debut came in part through the hard work of Trustee Chair Professor Shin-Tson Wu, Ph.D. Those contributions to the field of display science and technology were recognized recently by the Academia Sinica (National Academy of Taiwan), which elected Wu as an Academician…

Path to Photonics, Career Goals Shared by Junior in LIA Today Spotlight

July 15, 2022
Daniel Enix is a junior studying Photonic Science and Engineering at UCF. His path to UCF and future career plans were recently featured for the student spotlight in the March/April 2022 issue of LIA Today. You can read the original article here. (Reprinted with permission.) When you were you first introduced to photonics/electro-optics? “I was…

UCF Student Selected for International Optica Women Scholars Award

July 14, 2022
Isabella Pardo has been recognized as one of the first 20 Optica Women Scholars in the world. The award supports women majoring in optics, physics, chemistry, math, or engineering who are pursuing careers in optics and photonics. Launched this past January, the program received more than 160 applications from 36 countries from both undergraduate and…

Remembering CREOL alumnus Gabriel Popescu

June 21, 2022
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of CREOL alumnus Gabriel “Gabi” Popescu ‘02, who suffered a fatal collision while riding his motorcycle near his home in Romania on June 16. Gabi, who received his PhD in 2002 under the supervision of Aristide Dogariu, was on the faculty at the University of…

CREOL’s Founding Director, MJ Soileau, Retires from UCF

June 20, 2022
After devoting over 35 years of his career to UCF, MJ Soileau retired on Friday, June 17, 2022.  MJ came to UCF as the Founding Director of CREOL in January 1987 and spent over a decade building CREOL from a foundling research center into one of the major educational institutions for optics in the world.…

UCF Researchers Develop Technology for AI that Mimics the Human Eye

June 20, 2022
University of Central Florida researchers have developed a device for artificial intelligence that mimics the retina of the eye. The development could lead to advanced AI that can instantly recognize what it sees, like automatic descriptions of pictures taken by a camera or phone. The technology also has applications in self-driving vehicles and robotics. The…

Barron Mills Joins CREOL as Director of Industrial Affiliates

June 14, 2022
Switching gears in his career was a welcome change for Barron Mills, one of the newest staff members at CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics. Stepping into a new role as the director of industrial affiliates is an opportunity for Mills to apply over 20 years of military experience in a new way. “I…