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Preparing students for physics-intensive careers in optics and photonics
written by Benjamin M. Zwickl, Javier Olivera, Kelly Norris Martin, and Kirk M. Winans
Preliminary results are presented from an ongoing study that is investigating both academic and industrial career paths in optics and photonics. By grounding the discussion of workforce development in education research, it will be possible to have more productive discussions and a more accurate understanding of contentious topics such as skills gaps, shortages of skilled STEM workers, and similarities and differences between academic and industrial careers.  The study is clarifying how specific math, physics, and communication skills are utilized in academic and industrial labs. Initial results indicate significant use of computational mathematics in the workplace and communication modes that extend beyond technical writing, including group work, critiquing, one-on-one training, documenting, and more. Physics departments trying to link their curriculum with students' future careers will likely benefit from these findings, which also serve as a case study for directly linking physics education research with national priorities in workforce development.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 391-394
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Careers
- Curriculum Development
Education - Basic Research
- Communication
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General Physics
- Computational Physics
Optics
- Modern Optics
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2015.pr.093
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1432578
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
01.50.Pa
01.50.Qb
Keywords:
Industrial Physics, PERC 2015
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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December 23, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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B. Zwickl, J. Olivera, K. Martin, and K. Winans, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13916&DocID=4334).
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B. Zwickl, J. Olivera, K. Martin, and K. Winans, Preparing students for physics-intensive careers in optics and photonics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13916&DocID=4334>.
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Zwickl, B., Olivera, J., Martin, K., & Winans, K. (2015, July 29-30). Preparing students for physics-intensive careers in optics and photonics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13916&DocID=4334
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Zwickl, B, J. Olivera, K. Martin, and K. Winans. "Preparing students for physics-intensive careers in optics and photonics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13916&DocID=4334 (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Zwickl, Benjamin, Javier Olivera, Kelly Norris Martin, and Kirk M. Winans. "Preparing students for physics-intensive careers in optics and photonics." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 391-394 of PER Conference. 18 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13916&DocID=4334>.
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