Engineers Developing Education Kit To Teach Students Practical Skills In Integrated Photonics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, are developing an educational toolkit to bring integrated photonics into the college engineering and science curriculum.

The toolkit is designed to teach undergraduates practical skills in integrated photonics, including how to characterize and test photonics integrated circuits—skills that today are typically acquired at the PhD level. The team envisions that teaching these skills earlier on will enable more graduates to enter the integrated photonics industry workforce and meet the growing demand for photonics technicians and engineers.

The project was conceived by Abdelkrim El Amili, a research scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego. His team includes Shaya Fainman, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and Jordan Davis, a PhD student in Fainman’s lab. The UC San Diego team is collaborating with researchers led by Professor Peter O’Brien at Tyndall’s European Packaging Pilot Line PIXAPP.

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