Integrated Photonics Track

The MEng is a versatile, valuable degree applicable to many industries. Starting with the incoming class for the 2017 academic year, students will have an opportunity to select industry tracks to further pursue their intellectual and professional goals while focusing on particular areas of interest.

The first track option focuses on the the emerging integrated photonic circuit  industry.

Track Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MEng Photonics track will be:

  • Critical thinkers demonstrating intellectual understanding and practical ability to implement and develop new tools to manage the rate, quality, cost and flexibility of any production operation, but especially in the integrated photonics industry,
  • Technical leaders with the skills to work collaboratively in culturally diverse and international teams,
  • Knowledgeable engineers who understand how to manage and facilitate access to resources to bring integrated photonics product ideas from design specification through market commercialization,
  • Individuals embracing and employing innovations in science and engineering technology in the delivery of quality new integrated photonics products and services
  • Professionals practicing the ethical application of engineering and business concepts, and embodying the professional identity thereof, and
  • Effective communicators of complex ideas to diverse audiences.

Track Courses

  Fall Term

During the fall term, integrated photonics track (IPT) students take four courses, three of which are required for all students. IPT students choose from among a different set of restricted electives than non-track students. For 2017, IPT students must choose one of the electives from the following list:

3.155[J] Micro/Nano Processing Technology (Must be taken for graduate credit)
3.46 Photonic Materials and Devices
6.621 Fundamentals of Photonics
6.631 Optics and Photonics
6.637 Optical Signals, Devices, and Systems
Or other courses, in consultation with program leadership

The following three course are also required unless similar prior classes can be demonstrated:

2.810 Manufacturing Processes and Systems
2.854 Introduction to Manufacturing Systems
2.961 Management for Engineers

  January Term (IAP)

2.S982 New Process Development - "Bench to Money“

In addition, in January,  students begin their Group Projects in Industry. They may also participate in other activities during this Independent Activities Period.  

  Spring Term

During the spring term students take three courses and a seminar (a total of 42 units), and work on their Group Projects (9 Units).

Photonics track students may substitute 2.739[J] Product Design and Development with one of the following courses:

6.634[J] Nonlinear Optics
6.781[J] Nanostructure Fabrication
18.369 Mathematical Methods in Nanophotonics

The following courses are also required unless similar prior classes can be demonstrated:

2.830 Control of Manufacturing Processes - 12 Units
IDS.735[J] Supply Chain Planning & IDS.736[J] Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design - 12 Units
2.S982 - Continuation of New Process Development - "Bench to Money“ - 3 Units
2.888 Professional Seminar in Global Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship -3 Units
2.THG Graduate Thesis - 9 Units

Students also begin their thesis project in the spring. This thesis project continues through the summer term, when students participate in industry-based group projects. This full-time project gives students a chance to apply their understanding of manufacturing fundamentals to real problems and make real-world improvements in process, material flow and logistics.

  Summer Term

The key activity of the summer term is the Group Project.  The full time work in industry and thesis project culminate in mid-August. Students receive their Degree in mid-September and are elegible to walk in the commencement ceremony the following June.