Thursday, July 28, 2011

Seminar: 8.5.11 / CREOL 102 / 11-12pm / Ultra-Fast Real-Time Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Microsurgery” – Jin U. Kang

Seminar: “Ultra-Fast Real-Time Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Microsurgery” – Jin U. Kang


Friday, August 5, 2011 / 11:00am-12:00pm

Jin U. Kang

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,

Johns Hopkins University


This Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become a high-resolution and versatile tomographic imaging modality in recent years for a wide range of applications such as ophthalmology, cardiology, and neurology, just to name a few [1,2]. The traditional method of OCT sensing is based on time domain; however, due to superior imaging speed and higher sensitivity, Fourier domain OCT (FD OCT) is gradually supplanting time domain OCT (TD OCT) in most applications [3]. We have been developing spectral domain-based FDOCT (SD OCT), one subcategory of FD OCT, for guided microsurgical applications [4-7]. Our research effort is directed at providing microsurgeons with OCT-based real-time, high-resolution 4-D visualization that will enhance their ability to achieve surgical objectives, diminish surgical risk, and improve outcomes [5, 6]. Compared to other image-guiding modalities such as MRI, CT, and ultrasound, OCT is more compact and portable, allowing for integration with surgical tools. In this talk I will discuss challenges in achieving high resolution (~1 micron), high-speed (10 frames/s) functional 4-D SDOCT, along with various hardware and signal processing methods we have developed to overcome the challenges.

For More Information :

Dr. Demetrios Christodoulides
Professor of Optics/ Provost's Research Enhancement Position (PREP)
demetri @ creol . ucf . edu

NIST Seeks Comments on Structure for Proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program

NIST published a Federal Register notice on July 22, 2011, seeking public comments on how to structure a proposed new program, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) that may be of interest to you and your organization.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Photonics Academy News!

We have received some good news that a full-time teacher, Steven Lindauer, has been hired by the Photonics Academy at Wekiva High School. Steve has an MS from CREOL, 10 years of experience with NASA Goddard and Northrop Grumman Laser Systems, and 4 years with Orange County Public Schools as a Science Lab Teacher at Lovell Elementary School. He has contacted us to help find companies that are interested in the Photonics Academy program and also that are willing to support the program in any of a number of ways. I’ve attached a summary of the program, Steve’s contact information, and an outline of the various ways your company may be able to support this fine education program.

Please let me know, and/or contact Steve Lindauer, if you have questions. I hope your company can provide some support to the Photonics Academy. If so, please let me know for information, in addition to contacting Steve.

Best regards,

Jim Pearson


Photonics Academy – Summary Overview

The Photonics Academy is a dual-degree program designed to engage students early in their high school career, and to prepare them for employment in laser and photonics related occupations as a technician. The Photonics Academy program enables a student to graduate from Valencia Community College (VCC) with an Associate of Science (AS) degree at the same time they graduate from high school.

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to test, maintain, and troubleshoot as well as have a good working knowledge in safety and handling of lasers, optical devices, and optical systems. Integrated into the instructional content are communications skills, leadership skills, human relations skills, employability skills, safe and efficient work practices, use of circuit diagrams and schematics, soldering, laboratory practices, and technical recording and reporting.

The Photonics Academy program is beginning its 3rd year in the fall of 2011 at Wekiva High School in Winter Park, Florida ( and at Valencia Community College (

Areas where companies can help include the following:

  1. Speaking to students. Talks at either Wekiva High, or at your facility in conjunction with a tour, on what your company does, career opportunities in the field, photonics technologies your products use, your personal experience in the field and why you chose it, etc.
  2. Summer-internships. Paid summer-internships for the students between their junior and senior years provide invaluable hands-on experience. Your firm can employ these students in whatever capacity is available to students of these ages and provide them valuable exposure to the corporate world and the world of photonics.
  3. Lab tours. Tours of your lab and/or manufacturing facilities to expose students to the “real world”, perhaps including introduction of or brief talks by some of your technicians.
  4. Donation or loan of equipment for an instructional lab or funds to buy lab equipment.

Primary contact:

Steven Lindauer, Laser Photonics Academy Instructor

Wekiva High School

2501 N. Hiawassee Road

Apopka, FL 32703

steven . lindauer @ ocps . net


Monday, July 18, 2011

Orlando Small Business Defense Procurement Summit


The Summit, which the U.S. Department of Defense is hosting in partnership with the City of Orlando and the Office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, is intended to: 1) provide Orlando metro area small businesses with a greater understanding of how to do business with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal contracting agencies; and 2) facilitate small business networking opportunities and matchmaking sessions with major prime contractors and government contracting officials.

Summit will feature opening remarks by Mayor Buddy Dyer and Senator Bill Nelson, and a keynote address by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Ashton B. Carter. Following these remarks, there will be government and industry panel discussions on how to do business with the U.S. Department of Defense and how to cultivate business-to-business relationships. These sessions are open to the public, including members of the media.

The afternoon portion of the
Summit will be devoted entirely to small business matchmaking with industry and government representatives. Participation in this portion of the Summit is limited to 300 small business attendees (first come, first served), and two (2) attendees per small business. Once this limit is reached, a waitlist will be implemented. This cap does NOT apply to large business and government officials who wish to participate in the matchmaking.

Registration for this event is required for all attendees and the registration fee is $55.00 per person. The registration fee includes morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon refreshment break, admission to all general sessions and matchmaking. To register, please click on the register now button.
The deadline to register is Monday, August 1, 2011 or whenever event reaches capacity.


The event will be held in Orlando on Monday, August 8th at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Additional information is below and online at

Summit will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek located Orlando, Florida. Please click on the additional information tab on this website for complete location and parking information for Rosen Shingle Creek.