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Department of Electro-Optics & Photonics

Chair's Message

The Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics at the University of Dayton is internationally recognized as one of the top optics programs in the U.S. and ranked highly by the National Research Council. With over $2M in annual research expenditures, close proximity to the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) and with over 20 Fellows of professional organizations amongst its faculty, you will be engaged in experiences that have an extensive range of learning opportunities, both in courses and in research areas. With our joint faculty from physics and electrical and computer engineering, you can work on projects funded by NSF, Air Force, AFOSR, Army, ARO, Navy, etc. You will receive hands-on, real-world experience from our uniquely designed lab courses, working in our 20 optics and nanofab research labs, centers, and AFRL, or obtaining internships with highly successful small companies on-site, such as Optonicus (recently acquired by II-VI, a global leader in engineered materials, optoelectronic components and optical systems) and Exciting Technologies, which were founded by our faculty. Our faculty, research staff and students collaborate with their counterparts at other top-notch institutions including Stanford, Arizona, Penn State and SUNY Buffalo. Our alumni are employed in government agencies such as AFRL and Navy as well as world-renowned companies such as Apple, Google, Newport, Thorlabs, and L3.

When you combine this level of excellence with the numerous research opportunities, it is easy to see why students from top optics institutions around the world, such as Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and Centro de Investigaciones en Optica in Mexico, join us in our pursuit of world-leading scholarship and development.

Best wishes to all and warm regards, Andrew Sarangan, Department Chair, EOP

"LiDAR Technologies and Systems" by Dr. Paul McManamon
LiDAR Technologies and Systems was recently published by Dr. Paul McManamon, professor with the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics. LiDAR technology, which was used in the past for defense applications, in the late 90s, started to be used for commercial 3D mapping. Today, it is a critical sensor for autonomous vehicles, with almost 100 companies working on auto LiDAR. Using the book's digital version, Drs. McManamon and Watson previously offered a week-long short course, an attractive short course in EOP for several years. Dr. McManamon is a fellow of many professional societies, including OSA, SPIE, IEEE and AFRL.
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The Newest "Knight" in Optics

In recognition of his contributions to optics in the field of holography, Partha Banerjee, professor and chair of electro-optics and photonics, was inducted into the International Order of Holoknights — an elite group of holographers from around the world.

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Electro-Optics Latest Newsletter
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Assistantship by Electro-Optics and Photonics

The department has research and teaching assistantship positions. The teaching assistantships usually are done in collaboration with the Physics Department. Each assistantship may include a stipend and tuition remission. Assistantship contract durations and funding vary and reflect one school year at a time. For consideration for an assistantship, applicants should indicate their interest when completing the online application. For more details, please contact the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics, 937-229-2797. 

Assistantship by School of Engineering and Provost

Annual, renewable assistantships with tuition and a monthly stipend are available in all engineering departments. Master’s and doctoral students may apply, but current University of Dayton undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible.

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Electro-Optics and Photonics, Dr. Andrew Sarangan, Department Chair

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