Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Institute of Optics


Why study at the Institute of Optics?

grad student in Optics labJob opportunities in optics are many and constantly growing given its increasing role in industrial research and development. As many academic physics and electrical engineer-ing departments are placing more emphasis on research and teaching in optics, demand is growing for faculty who are well educated in this area. Recent graduates have joined the faculties of major universities, taken research positions at industrial and governmental laboratories, or have started or joined companies.

The process of admission to the Graduate Program at the Institute of Optics is very competitive. However, once in the program, our goal is for every student to succeed in his or her studies. We strive to create an environment of collaboration and collegiality amongst our student body. Upon admission, our students become members of a close knight community that includes not only the current students , faculty and staff, but also the many alumni working in industry locally, nationally, and internationally, as well as researchers in government labs and faculty in academia. These connections create possibilities for research interactions while in the program, as well as job opportunities following graduation.
In addition to the faculty at the Institute of Optics, our students have the opportunity to work with a large number of faculty members at the University of Rochester working in optics or closely related areas within the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, as well as the University of Rochester's Medical Center and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Through events including the biannual Industrial Associates meeting and events organized by the local OSA and SPIE chapters, our students also establish links with the thriving local optics industry. Students can also participate in the research carried out as part of the interdisciplinary research groups within the university, such as the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation, the Center for Freeform Optics, and the Center for Coherence and Quantum Optics. 

Typical profiles of applicants to the Graduate Program in Optics

Students may choose to enter The Institute of Optics for different reasons:

Of course, not all students fall neatly into one of these categories, which are themselves strongly overlapping. For the student who is not certain of which area would be the most rewarding, The Institute of Optics can be the ideal place.

Graduate Degrees offered at The Institute of Optics

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