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ABET Approves Criteria for Optics and Photonics Engineering Undergraduate Degrees in United States
Date:11/12/2013

al Sciences. “It has been this way in spite of the fact that most people depend upon technology enabled by optics every day of their lives.”

Optical engineers provide a trusted and vital profession necessary for innovation, he noted. “ABET approval for optical and photonics engineering as its own field makes possible a greater awareness of the critical role of optics in society. The next generation of engineers will more effectively see optics and photonics engineering as a viable and attractive option for an accredited college degree which they can pursue to help make the world better.”

Shoop and the team studied ABET’s currently accredited undergraduate engineering programs in optics and photonics to determine common elements and to ensure that any new criteria would encompass existing programs and others that will be developed. He involved representatives from both academia and industry, facilitating a collaborative process to establish standards that satisfied the needs of both entities.

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