PACT Newsletter
February 2016 | ISSUE 1
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PACT Members,

Happy New Year and I hope all is well.

This newsletter is the first for the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT). It is dedicated to providing the most current news in PACT,OP-TEC and the Photonics industry. Please notice all links including the ones for new and current PACT members.We will make this a quarterly newsletter which will supplement our on-line meetings. Also, w ithin the next few weeks, I will be contacting each PACT member about  OP-TEC's Employed Technician Training Initiative.   

Please suggest any news about yourself, your company and any other interesting items that you would like included in future newsletters 

I would like to thank Josie Vargas Lara of OP-TEC for her great work organizing this newsletter.


Dr. Fred Seeber
Liaison to PACT  

Introducing the 2016 PACT Members 

In 2008, OP-TEC created the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians (PACT). The PACT is an organization of distinguished graduates who have received education/training in lasers, electro-optics, optics and/or photonics applications from two and four-year technical colleges. Graduates are nominated by current and former faculty who recognize their technical achievements and leadership abilities.

About 2016 PACT Members
The purpose of the PACT and its members is to:
  • Recognize excellence and success in photonics technicians.
  • Provide role models and mentors for photonics technician students and for high school students considering a career in photonics
  • Demonstrate diversity opportunities in photonics technician employment.
  • Provide examples of successful photonics technician career and education pathways.
  • Advise photonics technician students on how to be successful in school, why they should complete a degree or certificate, how to get a job after graduation and how to be successful at work.

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 
Recruiting Materials & Tools

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College laser program is steadily growing with the help of a dedicated outreach specialist, Carolyn Hulla-Meyer. Recruiters, like Carolyn, are always looking for new, innovative ways to captivate the attention of all students. Recently, Carolyn has implemented a new engagement tool and recruiting material that has certainly caught the eye of several young minds.

Back in October 2015, Carolyn created an interesting recruiting piece that explains What is a Technician. The pamphlet narrowed in on the ideal characteristics a technician would need in the work force. This is an exceptional informative piece that will help students get an insight of a technician.

In December 2015, Cincinnati State attended a 8th grade expo at the Warren County Career Center. The purpose of the event was to encourage 8th graders to attend the Career Center when they are transitioning to high school. At this expo Carolyn used a FLIR attachment that connected to her mobile phone. The FLIR attachment uses infrared technology to sense heat. Not only was it a great attention grabber, it also was a a good way to to introduce the electro-magnetic spectrum to middle school students. 

It's exciting when recruiters can utilize tools and materials that work effectively. Carolyn knows what works and it has helped her grow CSTC's program.

If you have an idea for a recruiting piece, an engagement tool, and/or hands-on activity about photonics, please email

About OP-TEC  

The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, OP-TEC, is a consortium of two-year colleges, high schools, universities, national laboratories, industry partners, and professional societies funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The participating entities of OP-TEC have joined forces to create a secondary-to-postsecondary "pipeline" of highly qualified and strongly motivated students and to empower high schools and community colleges to meet the urgent need for technicians in optics and photonics.

Headquartered in Waco, Texas and funded via The University of Central Florida, OP-TEC serves secondary STEM programs and postsecondary programs devoted to lasers, optics, and photonics technology or technologies enabled by optics and photonics. In addition, OP-TEC provides support through curriculum, instructional materials, assessment, faculty development, recruiting, and support for institutional reform. OP-TEC serves as a national clearinghouse for teaching materials; encourages more schools and colleges to offer programs, courses, and career information; and helps high school teachers and community and technical college faculty members develop programs and labs to teach technical content.