Optics Education

Portland State University
Electrical and Computer Engineering * Physics * Chemistry

Program Description:

  1. Institution Name: Portland State University
  2. City, Country/State/Province: Portland, Oregon
  3. Name of department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry
  4. Contact person: Erik Sanchez
  5. Title/Position: Professor
  6. Mailing address: Department of Physics, Portland State University, P. O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751
  7. Telephone: 503/725-3819
  8. Fax: 503/725-2815
  9. E-mail address: optics@pdx.edu
  10. World Wide Web URL: http://www.optics.pdx.edu/
  11. Number of students currently enrolled in optics related program: 40
  12. Type and number of optics related degrees granted in last academic year from your program:
    AAS: 0
    BS/BA: 10
    BSEE: 0
    MS: 8
    PhD: 4
    Other: 0
  13. Title(s) of optics related degrees offered in your program: BS/MS/PhD in ECE, Physics, and Chemistry
  14. Number of optics related courses offered in your program: 8
  15. Optics academic and research specialties (Please limit to 50 words): Lasers, optoelectronics, optical communications, light scattering, pattern recognition, spectroscopy, optical sensing, near-field scanning optical microscopy.
  16. Research facilities (Please limit to 50 words): Several laboratories devoted in whole, or in part, to laser and optical studies. Many commercial and homemade solid, liquid, and gas lasers with associated test and measurement equipment. Extensive computer facilities.
  17. Continuing Education opportunities: Classes are available for continuing education and part-time degree students.
  18. Industry/university cooperative programs: Cooperative programs with local industries are available for undergraduate and graduate students.
  19. Distance Education programs: Courses are available at various locations in the greater Portland metropolitan area.
  20. Tuition (resident/non-resident): $3,720/11,916 per year
  21. Application deadline for Fall 2007 (Please indicate any other significant deadlines): April 1
  22. Financial aid (i.e., scholarships, grants, assistantships, etc.): Several scholarships, teaching and research assistantships, and a limited number of postdoctoral positions are available.
  23. Year program was founded: 1984
  24. Faculty names and specializations (Please limit to 50):  F. Li, Y. C. Jenq, G. G. Lendaris, optical pattern recognition, information processing, and remote sensing; E. Bodegom, interactions of light and acoustic waves and applications; G. F. Rempfer, electron optics; P. Leung, optical phenomena at interfaces; C. C. Wamser, photoelectrochemistry and optical studies of polymers and thin films; T. M. Hard, D. B. Atkinson, and R. J. O’Brien, laser studies of the atmosphere; M. A. K. Khalil, spectroscopy; A. La Rosa, near-field scanning optical microscopy.
  25. Please attach a brief description of your program(s) for publication (Please limit to 100 words): The optics programs at Portland State University are located primarily in the departments of electrical and computer engineering, physics, and chemistry, but optics activities exist in other departments as well. Undergraduate coursework includes elective classes in lasers, optics, and electromagnetics, and graduate classes are available in lasers, optoelectronics, spectroscopy, and other optics-related areas. Portland State University is Oregon’s major urban university and is in the heart of a vibrant and growing high-technology industrial region. Students also have easy access to the well-known recreation areas of Oregon’s mountains, rivers, and coast.
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