The International Society for Optics and Photonics
CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics
The mission of SPIE Student Chapter is to advance an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light and provide professional development opportunities for UCF students.

SPIE Student Chapter Faculty Talk Series: "How Did We Get Here? And what does the past tell us about the future?(surprisingly little, but it is all we have)" by Dr. Lawrence Shah


The fact that we are here within CREOL is the result of many choices, some conscious, some unconscious, and many beyond our control.  Although clearly limited, understanding the past is the only way to inform preparation for the future. 

This presentation will review the changing challenges of trying to figure out “what I want to do when I grow up” based upon experience as a former CREOL graduate student, industrial researcher, and now research professor


Lawrence Shah received MS and PhD degrees in optical physics from the University of Central Florida, in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Dr. Shah has experience in diode-pumped solid-state and fiber laser research and development. Prior to rejoining LPL in 2008, Dr. Shah served as a post-doctoral research at LLNL and as a research scientist at IMRA America Inc., developing Yb:YAG solid-state and Yb:fiber laser systems primarily for materials processing applications. Dr. Shah has been awarded eleven patents and has authored many peer-reviewed publications in high-power solid-state and fiber laser systems and their applications. Dr. Shah leads the laser development efforts within LPL on fiber, thin disk, and ultra short pulse lasers.

For additional information

Javed Rouf Talukder

President of SPIE student chapter


Posted Monday, November 17, 2014

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