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The College of Optics and Photonics is one of the world’s foremost institutions for research and education in optical and photonic science and engineering. It is home to the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence, and the Townes Laser Institute. Learn more about our top-ranked Optical Engineering and Photonics Graduate Programs.

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UCF Faculty Are Leading Research, Discovery & Impact

By studying the behavior of light, nationally-recognized scientist Peter Delfyett has discovered new uses for lasers, helping data move faster on the internet and driving the future of autonomous vehicles.

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Optics and Photonics News


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UCF’s Optics Program Ranked Among Top 25 Best Global Universities
U.S. News & World Report’s latest global university rankings recognize UCF’s optics program among the best worldwide, acknowledging CREOL’s excellence in research and innovation.
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3 UCF Students Support Military Through 2022 X-Force Fellowships
The engineering and photonics students were selected out of 600 applicants to work on projects that solve real-world national security issues.
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5 UCF Scholars to be Inducted into Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida
The organization’s members are top scholars and researchers from universities, public agencies, and industries statewide who are committed to addressing key issues and challenges impacting…

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