Optoelectronics Emphasis

OptoelectronicsOptoelectronics is the combination of light and electronics. BSEE or BSEET optoelectronics graduates are needed in companies throughout the northwest that use optics in their products. Optoelectronic engineers design, develop, test, and integrate electrical and electronic systems, from lasers to LED lighting systems to infrared cameras to displays.

The optoelectronics sequence blends the unique aspects of Oregon Tech with advances in computing and optoelectronics. Not only do students grind their own mirrors, but they learn how to characterize the mirrors. Students learn how to combine consumer electronics (e.g., Arduino, webcam, laser pointers) with traditional expensive optical laboratory tools (e.g., kinematic stages, spatial filters, vibration-isolated optical tables).

About the optoelectronics emphasis

The optoelectronics sequence at Oregon Tech is a basic introduction to optical engineering with the philosophy that graduates will be capable of handling both electrons and photons. Manipulating electrons is covered by the standard EE or EET courses. Learning about photons is covered by a series of six (3-3-4) classes and a year-long senior project. The first year covers radiometry (how to measure light), geometric optics (light as rays), and physical optics (light as waves). The second year covers lasers, fiber optics, and optical metrology.

Each three hours of class is accompanied by a three hour lab. The classes are intended to be taken during the junior and senior years, but the classes may be taken as soon as the PHY 221, 222, 223 sequence is completed. The first class is in the fall, but because the first year classes do not depend on one another, the sequence may be started at any time during the academic year.

Interested and motivated BSEE students may be interested in the 4+1 BS/MS program.

The Optoelectronics emphasis within the BSEE or BSEET degree at Oregon Tech is only available at the Wilsonville campus.