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References and Resources

Selected papers and reports

D. Hull and J. Souders. “Efforts of the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) to prepare the technician workforce for photonics industries,”  in Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optica Publishing Group, 2009), paper ESCA1.

Photonics21. “Multiannual Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Horizon Europe Photonics Partnership” (December 2020); includes extensive chapter on needs in “photonics research, education and training.”

R. Kirchain et al. “Preparing the advanced manufacturing workforce: A study of occupation and skills demand in the photonics industry,” AIM Photonics and MIT Office of Open Learning (February 2021).

J.L. Ruckman. “AmeriCOM: A new optics manufacturing and workforce training consortium,” in SPIE Opt. Eng. Appl. (SPIE, 2022), paper PC1221305.

Web resources

US National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (cross-disciplinary US funding effort funding technician-level training programs in multiple sciences at two-year institutions).

LASER-TEC (NSF-funded clearinghouse of information for and regarding US community college technician training programs in optics and photonics).

American Center for Optics Manufacturing (AmeriCOM) (US Department of Defense–funded initiative to advance technician training in precision optics).

The Future Is Optics (AmeriCOM marketing site for technician training).

PhotonHub Europe (online portal for EU-funded “one-stop shop” advancing photonic innovation, which includes a substantial training and re-skilling component).


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