There is a long tradition of optics in science, from ancient times to Newton and Einstein, continuing through many Nobel prizes, and leading to the present.
For graduate students, optics provides opportunities for research in fundamental areas of physics and chemistry. At the same time, optics also provides an enabling set of technologies for application in the life sciences and industry.
The Optical Materials and Devices Program is a new addition to the Industrial Internship Programs. Launched in 2007, the goal of this program is to prepare students for diverse opportunities and challenges in the expanding optics industry.