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Job Posting: Advanced Optowave Corp.

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Fiber Laser Scientist/Engineer

 Department: Engineering – Ronkonkoma, NY, United States

Job Description: Develop next-generation fiber laser products in a fast-growing, vertically integrated company.  Take products from concept phase through prototypes to product release as a core member of a development team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Major contributor or team leader of a cross-functional development teams to deliver innovative laser products.
  • Apply theoretical and experimental understanding of lasers, optics, and nonlinear frequency conversion to develop commercial fiber lasers
  • Design and develop fiber laser systems and critical components, including seed lasers, amplifiers, opto-mechanical systems, and frequency conversion modules.


  • MS or PhD (preferred) in an engineering discipline, Physics, or equivalent experience.
  • Hands on experience with development of fiber and/or solid state lasers and amplifiers, optics, and/or opto-mechanical systems.
  • Hands on experience in fiber optics and free-space optics instruments: such as optical spectrum analyzer, oscilloscope, power meter, autocorrelator, and other high speed optoelectronic instruments.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills, including problem identification, data analysis, action planning, and execution.
  • Strong theoretical and experimental analysis of lasers, optics, nonlinear effect and harmonic generation.
  • Fiber laser system design (especially large mode area fiber, PCF etc) and modeling including practical considerations (manufacturability, serviceability, and reliability) is desirable.
  • Fiber Laser industry experience is desirable.
  • Ability to summarize and present results and conclusions clearly and effectively.


  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and education level.
  • Advanced Optowave Corp offers benefits that include medical insurance and a retirement plan.
  • Compensation may be complemented by bonuses based on individual performance & company growth.


About Us: Advanced Optowave Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of Diode-Pumped Solid-State lasers for industrial, medical and consumer applications with state-of-the-art design and production facilities located in Long Island, NY. To meet the growing demand, we are recruiting a laser scientist for R&D, preferred to have fiber optics or fiber laser experience.

Contact Advanced Optowave:

105 Comac Street, Ronkokoma, NY 11779

Phone: 631-750-6035

AOC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce.



In Memoriam

Bernard Leonard: May 13, 1960 – November 20, 2015

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Every summer, CIAN hosts amazing teachers from around the country in Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs, and each year they return to their schools to inspire and excite their students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We have had many RET teachers who excel as summer researchers and teachers, setting an example of superior work ethic and devotion to excellence; Bernard Leonard was one of these. A role model to his fellow teachers and all who knew him, Bernard participated in the Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET) program during the summer of 2014, at the University of Arizona. Sadly, after bravely fighting cancer, Bernard passed away on November 20, 2015.

Bernard was an honorable husband and father of two children. He taught children on Arizona’s Hopi reservation, and although some of us knew him only shortly, it was obvious that he was proud of his heritage and his roles as husband, father, and teacher. He was kind, humorous, and giving.

On behalf of the Center for Integrated Access Networks and the 2014 fellow ROKET participants, our thoughts and condolences are with Bernard’s family.

Thank you for your example, Bernard. It will not be forgotten.


Words from fellow teachers and ROKET participants:

“Bernard Leonard, a true Diné man and a friend of many, was an educator participant in the Summer of 2014 CIAN-ROKET STEM opportunity at the University of Arizona. Bernard may have lost his battle to cancer, but his fight of educating indigenous students in promoting the sciences remains. He was well loved by those of his family and friends across the Navajo Nation and especially by the community and families of the Hopi Tribe as he gave his all in educating students who entered his class over the years. It is with honor and gratitude to have had the opportunity to have met Bernard and to call him friend.”  

Bernard was a dedicated teacher who wanted to bring more to his tribe and help the students to reach… higher academic standards by participating in scientific research and different activities to bring more ideas of engaging Native American students to STEM and learning. He will be missed and hopefully other teachers from his area would follow in his foot steps to learn to engage Native American students.”

“When talking to Bernard, I was always reminded that I was talking to a true leader; a Father, husband, teacher, and Native American role model. He did it all and made it seem possible. Bernard inspired me to take value in my teaching and to follow the path that feels right.”



Bernard presenting his ROKET research poster and laughing with undergraduate students.


Bernard having fun in the Thin Films Lab


Bernard working on an assignment in Prof. Greg Cajete’s workshop

Expect Academic Success In STEM (EASIS) Summer Camp

From June 9th to 13th, CIAN’s University of Arizona site hosted 19 High School (and Middle) students from Winslow, Arizona for an optical sciences summer camp. Check out all the fun we had with them; if you can’t tell from the pics, the technology “dissection” (a.k.a ripping stuff apart) was a big hit! A huge thanks to SPIE, Fujitsu, and the UA College of Optical Sciences for helping support this program!

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2014 National Science Foundation Site Visit

If you weren’t able to attend the 2014 NSF Site Visit at the University of Arizona, check out these photos and you’ll get a feel for what went on. Hopefully all the pictures of people eating goodies doesn’t make you jealous!

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CIAN Alumni Survey Report

In 2013, CIAN Education developed a new tool to survey alumni attitudes regarding the impact of CIAN participation on their careers and professional development. This survey was administered via and was sent to 51 CIAN alumni. Eighteen individuals completed the survey and results indicate that CIAN student membership impacted the alumni in several positive ways. Continue reading

2013 CIAN Research Experience for Undergraduates

2013 REU Program Report

The 2013 Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU) REU funded 4 participants at 3 CIAN partner institutions including: Columbia, University of Arizona, and UCSD.  All 4 participants completed the post-program survey. Continue reading