PurposeCAOS, the CREOL Association of Optics Students, is the official student organization representing the College of Optics & Photonics at the University of Central Florida. The club was founded in 1999, prior to the college being enstated as such, by students at the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL). The primary purpose of CAOS is to bring together the highly diverse population of graduate students who attend classes and/or work at the college.
A supplementary purpose of CAOS is to facilitate communication and integration of the optics related societies at CREOL. Because of the strongly interdisciplinary nature of the field of optics, there are professional societies which tend to be somewhat different in their focus. CAOS strives to promote interaction of the Optical Society of America, Lasers & Electro-Optics Society, the International Society for Optical Engineering and more recently the Society of Information Display.