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Delfyett to be Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

When Peter Delfyett first fell in love with science during elementary school, he imagined he would grow up to be a paleontologist. Instead, the Pegasus Professor of optics and photonics has spent his career developing futuristic technology. From lasers that are used to cut Gorilla Glass for Samsung phones to fiber-optic cable technology that allows the internet…

UCF Entrepreneur, Joust Winner Completes Prestigious Techstars Fellowship

Since Rafaela Frota won the UCF Joust New Venture Competition in 2019, her nutrition-assistance app Wawwe (We Are What We Eat), secured a major investment deal, earned a contract with the nation’s largest hospital network and recently completed the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Fellowship program. The fellowship gave Frota access to workshops, support and mentorship…

CREOL Graduate Chosen for Humboldt Research Fellowship

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…

3 UCF Researchers Receive Department of Defense Grants

Three UCF researchers working on different projects have been awarded a total of about $1.3 million from the Department of Defense. The grants were part of the DOD awarding of $50 million to 85 institutions across the nation in the Fiscal Year 2021 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The recipients and their projects are: Ayman…

Leadership and Innovation of Pegasus Professor Earns Her Lifetime Service Award

The Arthur F. Greaves- Walker Lifetime Service Award is given to those that show exemplary leadership and innovation in their field. Pegasus Professor of Optics and Photonics and optical material scientist Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D, of UCF CREOL has recently been named the recipient of this award, celebrating her sustained commitment to the field of Ceramic…

Alumnus Finds Success at National Laboratory

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

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…

Laser Speed Research Enters Application Phase

The speed of pulses of light are not as fixed you might think — and that’s good news for your weekend movie streaming. New research published last week in Nature Communications builds on a previous proof of concept that showed it was possible to speed up, slow down and even direct a pulse of light to travel…

UCF Wins TechConnect Defense Innovation Award

Every year UCF takes technologies developed on campus to the national TechConnect Conference for exposure and this year one of them earned one of the top awards of the conference. The 2020 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award is a recognition for a technology that removes more than 90 percent of pollutants from engine exhaust at low…

UCF Scroll and Quill Society Welcomes 14 Faculty Inductees for 2020

Each fall, the university recognizes faculty who have made a national and international impact through their research, teaching and service, by inducting new members into the Scroll and Quill Society. What started as two different prestigious faculty clubs in the 1980s is now a recognition program for faculty of all disciplines. “This society is a…

Telecoms Pioneer Recognized with Prestigious Schawlow Award

Video conferencing has kept the remote workplace humming during this year’s pandemic, and it was partly made possible through the work of researchers such as Peter Delfyett, the 2021 winner of the prestigious Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Sciences. Delfyett, a UCF Pegasus Professor of optics and photonics, studies the application of semiconductor lasers…

Professor Kathleen Richardson Featured in ElectroOptics Article

Professor Kathleen Richardson is featured in the August/September 2020 issue of ElectroOptics in and article “Making materials science work for all“ “It’s a ‘chemistry thing’ blended with a ‘people thing.’  What makes optical materials science so exciting is that the needs of any new optical system rely on the materials that make up its core. You can…

UCF Researcher Receives $1.7 Million NIH Grant

Kyu Young Han, an assistant professor in UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics, is the university’s first faculty member to be awarded the National Institutes of Health’s Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for early stage investigators. The five-year $1.7 million grant is intended to provide stable funding so recipients can pursue ambitious challenges, according to the National…

Alum Yi-Hsin Lin Elected as OSA Fellow

Alum Yi-Hsin Lin has been elected as an OSA Fellow at the September 2020 meeting. Yi-Hsin was PhD student in Professor Shin-Tson Wu‘s LCD research group from 2002 to 2006 and is currently a professor at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Fellow citation: “For her pioneering contributions to electrically tunable liquid crystal lenses that led to widespread applications.” Prof. Yi-Hsin Lin received her…

Graduate Student Jessica Pena Attends Siegman International School on Lasers

Graduate Student Jessica Pena attended the Siegman International School on Lasers remotely this summer and is invited to attend the 2021 school in 2021 to be held at the University of Warsaw. The Siegman International School is a week-long program that exposes students to in-depth learning of lasers and their applications from internationally recognized academic and industry leaders in the field.…

Graduate Student Jessica Pena Awarded DEPS Fellowship

Jessica Pena, a senior graduate student with the Laser Plasma Laboratory in the College of Optics & Photonics has been awarded a $5,000 Fellowship from the Directed Energy Professional Society for FY21. DEPS looks for students working in the DE (Directed Energy) fields of USPL (Ultra Short Pulse Lasers), HEL (High Energy Lasers) and HPM (High Power Microwave) systems.  This could…

Introduction to Flat Panel Displays: Second Edition

Professor Shin-Tson Wu publishes the second edition of “Introduction to Flat Panel Displays“ Introduction to Flat Panel Displays describes the fundamental physics and materials of major flat panel display technologies including LED, OLED, LCD, PDP and FED and reflective displays. A reference for graduate students and new entrants to the display industry, the book currently covers the…

Laser-based Mid-infrared Sources and Applications

Professor Konstantin Vodopyanov publishes a book titled “Laser-based Mid-infrared Sources and Applications“ Laser-based Mid-infrared Sources and Applications gives a comprehensive overview of the existing methods for generating coherent light in the important yet difficult-to-reach mid-infrared region of the spectrum (2–20 μm) and their applications. The book describes major approaches for mid-infrared light generation including ion-doped solid-state lasers,…