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San Simon Family STEM Night Success!

sansimonAs part of the AISPIRE (American Indian Student-Parent Involved Research Experience) after school program collaboration with San Simon Day School on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, CIAN recently co-hosted a special San Simon Family STEM Night.

On May 2nd CIAN, WiO (Women in Optics), SOCk (Student Optics Chapter), and College of Optical Sciences students and staff visited San Simon Day School on the Tohono O’odham Reservation to celebrate the inaugural San Simon STEM Family Night. The event was hugely successful with Tohono O’odham students and parents in attendance. Students presented their science fair projects, a number of which were featured and received awards at SARSEF. University participants presented optical demonstrations including virtual reality glasses, a laser radio transmitter, and much more. There was also a rocket launch demonstration by the students and a tribal dance celebrating the students and parents’ culture.

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Overall, the event was a huge success and will be occurring annually in May. CIAN will continue to co-host and participate in the event as part of CIAN’s AISPIRE After School program. The school and the optics volunteers were thrilled to see the event featured on the first page of “The Runner,” the official newspaper covering the Tohono O’odham Nation.

This event is largely in thanks to the dedication and hard work of previous ROKET (Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers) participant, Martha Rogers; and San Simon Principal, Frank Rogers. Additional thanks go to the student volunteers from WiO and SOCk, and all the participants at San Simon.

Career Opportunities with L-3 PHOTONICS

Two career opportunities have recently come available at L-3 PHOTONICS. Interested students with an, MS or PhD, preparing to enter the workforce are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be USA citizens.

Submit your resume at the L-3 PHOTONICS website. Use the job search feature to locate the position you are interested in, or search for additional opportunities. To find these opportunities click the [careers] tab,  select [search US jobs], and type [Carlsbad] into the location field.  The webpage will autocomplete to Carlsbad, California and bring up the following positions. To have your application considered you must apply through the website.

Advanced Optical Network Engineer

L-3 PHOTONICS, a division of L-3, is a worldwide leader in the development of optical data link systems for defense and aerospace applications. Using our proprietary photonics technology to develop and manufacture unique fiber optic communication systems has led to the creation of an exceptional portfolio of intellectual property.  The company’s patented technology includes bi-directional, protocol independent, high scalable photonic networks capable of transmitting simultaneously in multiple formats, including digital, RF analog and video. Continue reading

Undergraduate Research Fellowship: Accepting Applications


Application Deadline: Rolling


CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.


DSC_5709CIAN welcomes undergraduate students located at or near a CIAN university into our labs to participate in research that is creating ultra-broadband communication for the next generation internet. Participants will be given consultation and financial support to obtain real hands-on research experience in optical communications, thus preparing or expanding the career potential for participants both in the classroom and in the workforce.

CIAN aspires to create a technological revolution in internet access speeds. Students will conduct research in a cross-disciplinary setting collaborating with faculty, graduate students, research engineers, post-docs, and other students. DSC_5768Also, the program will develop partnerships between the mentors, faculty, and students to develop effective means of transferring STEM (optical communication and networking) knowledge.


A stipend of up to $5,000. (Amount may vary)


Optical Telecommunication, fiber optics, fiber lasers and amplifiers
Nonlinear photonics and high speed optical switching
Integrated optics including waveguide amplifiers, lasers, and modulators


Undergraduate students at a CIAN university or at any four-year college or community college that is located near a CIAN university are eligible to apply.  Students must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field as an undergraduate student. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. CIAN strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority groups, women, first-generation college students and students that do not have previous lab research experience. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required.





Nomination by CIAN Faculty

The CIAN Faculty member nominating your application must contact us by emailing or calling or 520-621-0174 to alert us of their support for your application.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

Friday Speaker Series 2013 Episode 3 – Student Research, Amir Ariaei & Ahmed Almaiman

To participate in this week’s Friday Speaker Series click the link in your email. If you did not receive an email with a link please let us know. Email Amee.

October 25th, 2013 at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 1pm MT / 1pm PT

Login to Elluminate to listen to the presentation. You DO NOT need a camera, just a computer for this. If you do not have a microphone, there is a chat option to ask any questions. Please login at the emailed link and when prompted, type YOUR NAME AND UNIVERSITY/COMPANY.

This week CIAN hosts two University of Southern California students, speaking about their research.

Ahmed Almaiman –

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Science Saturday at the Library

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Library in Marana, AZ invited CIAN at the University of Arizona to host a Science Saturday for library patrons. We had over 25 guests that came to learn about the many moons of the solar system. We had a variety of activities that taught about different moons and also aspects of moons. A cratering activity gave participants the opportunity to create their own craters and learn about the differences size and velocity will make on the resultant crater. We also taught how to tell the approximate age of a crater when looking at pictures, played “Moons of the Solar System” bingo, and much much more.

Two young future scientists even told us after the event that they hoped to be stargazers when they grow up.

Pictures of the event, taken by library staff, are shown below.

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CIAN’s 2013 Annual Retreat

This year’s Student Leadership Council portion of the CIAN Annual Retreat was a huge success, hosting 21 CIAN students. Three special speakers attended the event to offer expert opinions on publishing, presenting, and sustainability. A community building event was also hosted at the beginning of the retreat. To learn more about the speakers and for pictures, see below.

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Baboquivari High School Visit by CIAN

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Jasmine Sears, of Galina Khitrova’s lab at the University of Arizona, and Milorad Cvijetic, CIAN faculty at the University of Arizona visited Baboquivari High School in Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in March 2013. Fifty-five students participated in demonstrations and presentations about optics.