The University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences is one of the premier educational and research institutions in optics and photonics worldwide. We focus on educating outstanding students with a broad foundation in all areas of optics and on providing practical experience and highly competitive technical skills. Our research program spans from optical engineering to fundamental optical physics, from photonics to image science, and provides unique opportunities to pursue cutting-edge applications of optics in real systems. Our graduates become professors, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, working in academia, industry, government and business around the globe.
Inventor, Entrepreneur, Leader: Dr. James C. Wyant
Founding dean and namesake of the College, Dr. James C. Wyant, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 8, 2023. Dr. Wyant was truly an extraordinary figure in our field, and in our community, whose impact and legacy will live on in perpetuity.
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Robert Edmund Established John P. Schaefer Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical Sciences
Robert Edmund, CEO (retired) of Edmund Optics, recently established the John P. Schaefer Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical Sciences. This scholarship is to recognize UA President Emeritus John Schaefer’s commitment to support optics education and to empower the next generation of optical scientists. A passion that Robert also adamantly holds.
Novel Materials for 3D printing in Infrared Optics : A Five Minute Review with Prof. Ron Liang
Prof. Ron Liang's work into printing of 3D Infrared Optics has made innovations in the field recently. The group has achieved multi-material printing, for which they innovated a self-welding process that facilitates the creation of multi-element glass optics. Additionally, they have perfected a printing technique that allows for on-demand control of transparency. Find out more in this five-minute review.
New Year, New Opportunities
Did you know that the Wyant College of Optical Sciences has over 55 scholarships available to award to undergraduate and graduate students in optical sciences?
Did you also know that some of these scholarships have a research interest preference for their award to a qualifying student? These interests includes: medical imaging, data storage, E-M theory; polarization optics; thin film devices and optical coatings, optical design, optical remote sensing, lithography and more.