I had an internship with NAVSEA at the NSWC Dahlgren Division and was able to experience what it’s like to be an optical engineer.
While there was a lot of new information on the job, I felt very prepared going into the workforce.
Combine your love of physics and engineering and get the expertise you need to become an innovator in the next wave of modern optical technologies.
Optics is used in everyday technologies, from the optical fibers that carry all of the information of the internet to the displays, cameras, and optical sensors in modern smartphones, robots, and self-driving vehicles making optical engineering a growing field.
Optical engineering–also known as photonics engineering– is a unique area of study that merges the fields of engineering and physics. The optical engineering concentration at Stevens provides a broad foundation of core engineering skills in foundational subjects ranging from circuits to thermodynamics, coupled with in-depth training in the design of optical instrumentation, lasers, metrology, optical communications technology, and modern photonic devices.
Faculty in the Department of Physics at Stevens have a strong background in optics, and students in the optical engineering concentration will learn from globally renowned experts–including two fellows of the Optical Society of America and an editor of Optics Letters–and gain hands-on experience in the department’s three state-of-the-art optics teaching labs.