Photonics Internship Opportunity


Photonics Technical Specialists available
for 8-week industry technical internship

The internship is a curriculum requirement for a one-year technical certification at UMET’s Puerto Rico Photonics Institute. It follows the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education guidelines, offers certification from the Electronics Technicians Association, and is approved by the Puerto Rico Higher Education Council.

Oct 2016
Jan 2017
Jun 2017

for growing companies to acquire and develop their employees

Puerto Rico Photonics Institute
(787) 766-1717, Ext. 6285 and 6305

Program Description
The Certificate in Photonics and Lasers is a 1-year program that includes an 8-week industry technical internship plus three terms of concentration courses.  The planned core curriculum emphasis is built upon the principles of optics and photonics and includes electronics, lasers, fiber optics, and devices and instruments.  Students spend more than 40 percent of their time in the lab, training on laser and optical systems.  This program is offered at the UMET Cupey campus, with advanced laboratories at our Barceloneta labs.


COURSE                                                                       CREDITS
OPSC 100 Mathematics for Optics and Photonics                 3
ENGL 103 Introductory English Language Course                3
OPSC 101 Fundamentals of Light and Lasers                          5

ENMA 101 Introduction to Entrepreneurship                        3
OPSC 102 Lasers and Applications I                                         4
OPSC 110 Electronics for Optics and Photonics                     5

OPSC 120 Industry Technical Internship                                5

OPSC 103 Lasers and Applications II                                      4
OPSC 104 Photonic Enabled Technologies                             3
OPSC 111 Electronics for Optics and Photonics II                 5

TOTAL                                                                                          40

The one-year certificate program is supported by the US Department of Labor Employment Training Administration through a Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Round 4 Grant, number TC-26472-14-60-A-72. The Universidad Metropolitana offers equal opportunity in education and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or identity, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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Optics Video by Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council
Produced a Video:
Focus on Optics and Astronomy in Arizona
Published on Mar 14, 2016

Tucson, Arizona is labeled optics valley.  We’re going to tell you why.

Featured speakers:
- Steve G. Zylstra, Arizona Technology Council
- Neil Brock, 4D Technology

Watch the video by clicking the following link:


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Trade Talks for the Arizona Optics Industry


Trade Talks for the Arizona Optics Industry
International Opportunities &
Overcoming Global Sales Hurdles

Please Join Us and your industry associates for learning and discussion
Arizona is home to one of the largest and most important optics industry clusters in the world. With an on-going legacy in areas such as; Large telescope mirrors, wavefront metrology, optical design software, and fiber and direct diode lasers, small and medium-sized Southern Arizona companies are leading the way for optics manufacturing and innovative applications for global markets. This Seminar will be focused on business opportunities and insight into the markets, investments and how to best position your company to take advantage of them. The agenda also includes presentations on IP and export controls, and resources to assist you in global expansion.

The Program
• Introduction
• Global Opportunities in the Optics Industry
• Break for coffee and networking
• Intellectual Property and Export Controls
• Federal, State & Local Resources to help you go global

• Christina Parisi, Senior International Trade Specialist, US
Commercial Service – Tucson
• Kevin O’Shea, VP InternationalTrade, AZ Commerce Authority
• Dave Dozor, Dozor Enterprises, Arizona District Export Council
• Melissa Proctor, Shareholder, Polsinelli
• Yakov Sidorin, Quarles & Brady

Date & Time
May 19, 2016
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Program

TEP Building, Auditorium A, 2nd Floor
88 E. Broadway Road
Tucson, AZ 85701

Free to attend, however please RSVP.

To RSVP or for further information:
Christina Parisi
Sr. International Trade Specialist
US Commercial Service in Arizona
Or by phone at 520.670.5809


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Understanding SBIR/STTR Programs: DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA

Understanding SBIR/STTR Programs: DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA
The Arizona Center for Innovation

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM (MST)
Westward Look, Wyndham Grant Resort, 245 E. Ina Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Each year, the Federal government makes millions of agency R&D dollars available through its SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs. Plugging into this funding, finding partners and responding to program solicitations takes planning, expertise, and multi-organizational teamwork.

Join us for this state-wide, two-day event – presented in Tucson, Arizona by the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona and Tech Parks Arizona in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority and executed by the Arizona Center for Innovation – to learn from those who have been through the process and hear directly from representatives of agencies DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA.

Get the help you need to plan your strategies, build your teams and have success.

Day 1: April 28, $80 per participant

Small businesses as well as university faculty and researchers will learn about federal SBIR and STTR programs from representatives from Federal agencies, prime companies and small businesses that have had success in such collaborations. Representatives from various agencies will be in attendance, including DARPA, NAVY, Air Force, NSF, NASA

Day 2: April 29, Free

Experience a showcase of SBIR/STTR programs and the resources available to support you through the process. Exhibitors will include but not be limited to small business consultants, grant writers and reviewers, legal resources, accounting services and workforce development providers.

One-on-One Agency Meeting Opportunities, Requires Day 1 participation to be eligible

Attendees to Day 1 have the opportunity to apply for a one-on-one meeting with representatives from agencies and large prime companies to take place on Day 2. While slots are limited and not every applicant will be granted a meeting, you MUST attend Day 1 to be eligible to request one of these exclusive one-on-one opportunities.

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