Spectroscopy Innovation Opens Doors for CREOL Alumnus

April 9, 2021 by
The power of spectroscopy is proving a gamechanger for identifying pollutants in nature and building a career for Ty Olmstead, Ph.D., ’11. Olmstead was first hired at Ocean Insight five years ago as an application scientist with a Ph.D from CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, supporting the endeavor. He was recently promoted to […]

Alumnus Innovation Improves Cataract Surgery

March 2, 2021 by
Thousands of people are seeing more clearly thanks in part to the vision of Vadim Smirnov,’02 MS, whose research group played an integral role in the development of lasers that revolutionized cataract surgery. Local optical component manufacturer OptiGrate Corp was approached by a medical laser company more than 10 years ago with a request to […]

Childhood Laser Fascination Leads Distinguished Alumnus to MIT, CREOL

March 2, 2021 by
Brian Lawrence, Ph.D., ‘96, sees problems as opportunities. A self-described “experimentalist at heart,” Lawrence ran into plenty of problems in seventh grade when he built a power supply to power a donated HeNe laser tube to explore his curiosity about lasers. Those problems became learning opportunities that led him to eventually assemble more powerful ruby […]

Alumnus Details Path to Successful Career in Optics

January 20, 2021 by
Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn ’00, Ph.D., has built an impressive career in optics and photonics following his doctorate graduation in 2000. In an interview with CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, Sumriddetchkajorn shares his career path and advice for current students. (Answers edited for clarity and length.)  CREOL: What started your path toward optics and photonics? […]

CREOL Graduate Chosen for Humboldt Research Fellowship

December 15, 2020 by
Ramy El-Ganainy, Ph.D., is a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship spans 18 months, divided over three years. He will be hosted by Professor Kurt Busch at Berlin’s Humboldt University. The fellowship allows El-Ganainy to closely collaborate with the theoretical and experimental photonics groups in the host institute, and […]

CREOL Alumnus Advances Solar Energy Tech With New DOE Award

November 30, 2020 by
By LAURA COLE UCF was selected to receive four awards from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the most of any university this year. The awards total $9.64 million — $7 million from the DOE and $2.64 million in matches from UCF. Among the winners is 2015 CREOL doctorate graduate Kris Davis. […]

Alumnus Finds Success At National Laboratory

November 17, 2020 by
Sergey Polyakov ’03 Ph.D., thrives on the unpredictability of his work. “I love to wake up knowing I’ll learn something new in the lab every day. I never know what it is that I am going to learn, and that unpredictability ignites inspiration within me,” said Polyakov, a staff physicist at the National Institute of […]

Confidence Gained at UCF Propelled Career Forward, Grad Says

November 17, 2020 by
UCF College of Optics and Photonics alumni Arthur Dogariu, Ph.D., ’97, an optical research scientist at Princeton University, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for his contributions to the field of optics. “I am an experimentalist and my passion stems from working on the frontiers of optical science in […]