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UCF Wins Air Force Research Lab Competition

An interdisciplinary team of faculty researchers from CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, and UCF’s physics department has won the opportunity to develop a system that uses photonics to more accurately visualize space debris — an increasing problem since the start of the space age. The UCF team won the National Security Innovation Network…

UCF’s Optics Program Ranked Among Top 25 Best Global Universities

UCF has once again been named one of the world’s top 25 universities for optics, recognizing CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, for excellence in research, international collaboration, and contributions to scientific literature. In U.S. News & World Report rankings released this week, UCF’s optics program ranks No. 24 among worldwide universities — positioning UCF among…

Wu Chosen as Academician by Academia Sinica of Taiwan

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 during their 34th Convocation…

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

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 first…

UCF Student Selected for International Optica Women Scholars Award

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

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

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

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

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…

CREOL Faculty Named New UCF Trustee Chair Professors

Two faculty members from CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, were named this week as UCF Trustee Chair Professors. The five-year appointment recognizes the “national and international reputation” of Professor Shin-Tson Wu, Ph.D., and Pegasus Professor Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. “This university acknowledges what we already know in CREOL about the exemplary character and research…

UCF Helps World Recognize Glass is Vital to Art and Technology

The United Nation’s Year of Glass kicks off its United States celebrations today (April 5) with a host of activities at our nation’s capital. The American Ceramic Society organized the Year of Glass Conference, which runs April 5-7. UCF College of Optics and Photonics Professor Kathleen Richardson, who helped lobby and plan events for the international…

Ph.D. Candidate Details Academic Path in LIA Spotlight

Ruitao Wu was selected recently for the student spotlight in LIA Today. The feature in the November/December 2021 issue includes an interview with Ramirez. Click here to view the original article. (Reprinted with permission.) When you were you first introduced to photonics/electro-optics? “I was first introduced to the field of photonics by Prof. Guiyao Zhou during my…

Two CREOL Ambassadors Spread UCF Name at International Glass Conference

A high-profile global conference celebrating the United Nation’s Year of Glass included two professors from CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, as top speakers. The Year of Glass designation recognizes the pivotal role glass has played across centuries and cultures, from ancient Egyptian art to the silica glass in the fiber optical cables that…

CREOL Inspired New Career Trajectory for ’22 Distinguished Alumna

Taking chances on a new experiences has yielded multiple rewards for Félicie Albert, Ph.D., including a new title as 2022 Distinguished Alumna of the Year from CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics. The French-born physicist’s first encounter with risk took place at the Ecole Centrale de Marseille of Marseille, France, where she was finishing…

Wu Recognized With Edwin H. Land Medal By Optica

Pegasus Professor Shin-Tson Wu, Ph.D., was recognized recently by Optica for his contributions to the development of novel displays and diffractive optics for commercial products and widespread applications, especially for augmented reality, virtual reality and imaging devices. The Edwin H. Land Medal is a tribute to the work of the eponymous scientist’s “scientific intensity and curiosity in…

Graduate Student Chosen For Spotlight In LIA Today

Ricardo Bustos Ramirez, Ph.D., was selected recently for the student spotlight in LIA Today. The feature in the November/December 2021 issue includes an interview with Ramirez. Click here to view the original article. (Reprinted with permission.) When you were you first introduced to photonics/electro-optics? “I was introduced by a friend from college who was doing a MSc…

UN Opening Ceremonies for the International Year of Glass Feature UCF Professor

Kathleen Richardson, a UCF Pegasus Professor in Optics, is one of a handful of international experts who will be kicking off the United Nation’s Year of Glass celebration in Switzerland Thursday (Feb.10). Richardson, whose expertise is in high tech glass design and fabrication, is part of the team that petitioned the UN for the designation in 2018. She…

International Optics Leader Opens Application Lab in CREOL, Joins UCF Business Incubation Program

Aunique new academic-industrial alliance between UCF and ficonTEC, a global leader in photonics manufacturing, is expected to bring a boost to the region and provide access to sophisticated industry production tools for students and faculty researchers. ficonTEC, a German-based company with locations in Europe and the Far East, is expanding to Central Florida — joining UCF’s…

LiKamWa Named CREOL Associate Dean

Professor Patrick LiKamWa, Ph.D, has been named the newest associate dean of CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics. LiKamWa moved from England to Florida in the Fall of 1989 to pursue his teaching career at UCF. Prior to his arrival, he was working at the University of Sheffield after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical…