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CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Michael Wang

Internet of Things: Teaching, Community-Building, and Health & Well-Being

Date:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time:  1pm Mountain Standard Time / 4pm East Coast Standard Time

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:


Dr. Michael Wang
Founder, Chief Engineer

Michael is the Founder and Chief Engineer at FutureAir, a NYC-based startup aimed at re-imagining the world of indoor air. He is leading the development and integration of an IoT sensing platform and app that will improve indoor airflow, comfort, and energy efficiency. FutureAir aims to revolutionize indoor airflow with a new generation of smart, connected room air conditioners and fans to reduce wasted cooling and carbon emissions. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, where he teaches graduate level courses on Internet of Things. Additionally, Michael is an organizer of the IoT Central Meetup, one of the top ten most popular IoT meetups globally, with over 4000 members and growing. He holds a BSE from Princeton and a PhD from Columbia, both in electrical engineering. He was recently named to the Forbes 30-under-30 list under the Manufacturing and Industry category.


I will speak about three major experiences after graduating from CIAN: (1) starting an IoT company called FutureAir, (2) starting a meetup group called IoT Central, and (3) teaching IoT courses at Columbia. I will share how graduate school has prepared me for this career path, and look forward to answering any questions and providing advice for current CIAN students.

EASIS Summer Camp 2016


From June 13th to 17th, CIAN at University of Arizona hosted 13 Native American high school students from Winslow Unified School District in Winslow, AZ. The annual Expect Academic Success in STEM (EASIS) Optical Engineering Summer Camp offers 8th-12th grade students the chance to learn more about optics and engineering through demonstrations, presentations by OSC graduate students and faculty, guided tours, and a college preparation talk. A great “thank you” to CIAN and UA College of Optical Science faculty, students, and staff for making the third year of EASIS another huge success!

Check out the slides below to see the fun we had and learning about optical engineering.

Interested in supporting EASIS 2017? Or interested in making a summer camp adventure for your students?  Contact us!


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CIAN Perfect Pitch Competition

CIAN Now Accepting Video Submissions!


Participate in the Perfect Pitch competition for the chance to be awarded $5,000 for a 90 second “Elevator Pitch.” Submission should be made via email (usually videos are too large in format to email, please upload to the cloud via Google Drive or Drop box and email a shareable link) in the form of video recordings (cell phone videos with good quality are accepted). Please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions. Currently CIAN-funded students are eligible.


Deadline Submission: May 14, 2016
CIAN Winner Announcement: July 1, 2016
National Perfect Pitch Competition (for Winner): TBD (the winner will be notified of the date and travel information to attend the next national competition)

Find out more about the guidelines and judging rubric.


Please encourage your students to participate in the Perfect Pitch competition to receive national recognition for your lab and work at the NSF Perfect Pitch competition in Arlington, VA. To email this blog post to your students see the bottom of this post, under “Share This:” and select “Email.”

Optics Research Experience for Teachers In Native American Schools (O-RETINAS) RET

Optics Research Experience for Teachers In Native American Schools (O-RETINAS) RET

Pending Funding


Application Deadline: Currently Accepting Applications

Program Dates: June 6, 2016 – July 29, 2016


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.


CSC_9973The Optics Research Experience for Teachers In Native American Schools (O-RETINAS) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is designed for educators of Native American students. This includes teachers on reservation schools as well as teachers with a majority classroom population of Native American students. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ.

This 8-week summer program runs from June to July and is a hands-on research experience and industry internship opportunity for teachers to experience a lab setting as well as a professional industry setting to pursue their own projects. Teachers will also have the opportunity to:

  • participate in a workshop with the Native Nations Institute,
  • create an original STEM lesson plan that is relevant to Native American students,
  • participate in the Optics Research Workshop,
  • gain three hours of graduate credit (continuing education) by participating in the Teachers in Industry program.


A stipend of $6,000 and housing and travel is provided. Additionally, a classroom supply budget of $1,500 is awarded at the successful completion of the program.


Full-time teachers employed by a school that primarily serves Native American students (must confirm upcoming school year employment). K-12 teachers and community college faculty in a scientific discipline with an interest in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and industry career opportunities as well as bringing advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, and engineering into their classrooms are encouraged to apply.



See the flyer


Letter of Recommendation from School Principal (or comparable authority) & Professional of your choice

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelope by the letter writers, or emailed directly by the letter writers. The Principal or equivalent authority of your institute must include in his or her letter confirmation of your position for the coming school year.

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.

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.



Science Saturday: More than Rainbows

IMG_4497For the second year in a row, we have gone to Wheeler Taft Abbot Library to present as part of their Science Saturday series. Last year, we talked about the “Moons of the Solar System.” This year, our topic was “More than Rainbows,” or how light and color are much more than what we see in nature. We had between thirty and forty people, adults and children, at this event.

Everyone loves diffraction glasses! I enjoy watching the looks of awe that kids get when they put them on for the first time.

Everyone loves diffraction glasses! I enjoy watching the looks of awe that kids get when they put them on for the first time.

After I gave a short presentation at the beginning, everyone came and looked at all the demonstrations we had brought with us. Continue reading

Optics in Montana!

I am very excited to finally write about my amazing trip up to Helena, Montana to talk about optics! This was such an enjoyable trip and one that will be a strong memory of my time at the U of A. This trip occurred back in May of this year.

Getting ready for the first presentation. I've got all my outreach tools ready in front of me. Can you tell I'm excited?

Getting ready for the first presentation. I’ve got all my outreach tools ready in front of me. Can you tell I’m excited?

The video on “Real Holography” that I made prompted this trip. A teacher friend of mine in Montana watched the video and showed it to her students. She later told me how much they enjoyed it. Her school is in the category of a rural school, and is far enough from any major university that a solid STEM presentation is hard to come by. I spoke with the folks at CIAN, and they agreed to fund my trip up there! I still smile thinking about the event, I had so much fun. My teacher friend, Deanna Carlson, organized several events for me. Continue reading

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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Laser Fun Day report

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This story is very late, I’m afraid. Regardless, Laser Fun Day was a huge event so it’s worth discussing even this late. On March 1st, the College of Optical Sciences held it’s fourth annual Laser Fun Day! The event was well … Continue reading