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The Optical Science & Engineering (OSE) Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is jointly administered by the optics faculty of the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Electrical & Computer Engineering. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optical Science & Engineering are offered.

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OSE Ph.D. & M.S. Defenses

March 22, 2017

View the announcements and the abstracts for the Ph.D. and M.S. defenses for the Optical Science & Engineering programs. ... [Read More]

Program News

Air Force Research Laboratory awards COSMIAC grant to develop electronics for use in space

Ganesh Balakrishnan, Payman Zarkesh-Ha are Co-PIs on project developing next-generation satellite electronics

March 1, 2017

The University of New Mexico has been awarded a $7 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop and build new materials a ... [Read More]

Prof. Steven R. J. Brueck

Article by Brueck et al makes the top 100 cited articles list in Optics Letters

February 21, 2017

Optics Letters, an Optical Society of America Journal, celebrates its 40th anniversary by noting the 100 most highly cited articles published over the ... [Read More]

SPIE Student Scholarships

Apply for SPIE Scholarships by February 15th

February 7, 2017

Applications are being accepted for the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships until February 15th, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Op ... [Read More]

Women in STEM Awards at UNM

Call opens for 2017 Women In STEM awards at UNM

February 7, 2017

A call for proposals is now open for the "2017 Women in STEM" Awards at UNM. Women faculty in The University of New Mexico's STEM fields are encourag ... [Read More]

Assistant Professor Terefe Habteyes

Professor Terefe Habteyes receives NSF CAREER Award

January 20, 2017

Congratulates to Professor Terefe Habteyes on receiving the NSF CAREER Award. CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program This Found ... [Read More]

OSE alumnus Victor Gamiz, who earned his UNM Ph.D. in 1995, is elected 2017 OSA Fellow

November 18, 2016

The Optical Science & Engineering Program (OSE) congratulates an alumnus of the program, Victor L. Gamiz, on his recent election as a Fellow of the Op ... [Read More]

New Quantum Optics track

September 15, 2015


Optical Science & Engineering presents a series of talks focused on the latest research in the field of optics. Speakers will include worldwide experts from academia, industry and the national labs as well as UNM faculty.

Dr. Igor Savukov, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Thursday, March 30
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
CHTM Room 103

OSE Seminar Schedule:

• See past, current and future seminar titles
• Map to CHTM
• Map to Physics & Astronomy Building
Sponsors: CHTM, ECE, Physics & Astronomy, IEEE Photonics Society, SPIE and OSA Student Chapters


Spring 2017 Shared Knowledge Conference
April 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Graduate Studies Department, OVPR & Honors College:

3 minute “LoboBITE” presentations from undergraduate and graduate students. Contestants can win up to $1000. Submissions closed.

Poster presentations: Graduate faculty may nominate one poster per every 25 students. Preferred submission deadline: March 10.

Poster Design Workshop: Students creating posters for the conference are encouraged to attend either of the poster design workshops offered by the Graduate Resource Center:

• Thursday, March 23rd, 2:00-4:00 pm, CTLB 110
• Friday, March 24th, 9:00-11:00 am, CTLB 110

Learn more at the UNM Newsroom.

Innovate New Mexico

A special collaborative event highlighting:
research and technology opportunities, start-up companies, and leading research institutions in NM. Reception to follow.
Tuesday, April 18, 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Sandia Golf Club, 30 Rainbow Road 87113

Please register here.

OSE Distinguished Lecture Series

A national leader in nanophotonics, Nader Engheta of the University of Pennsylvania, presented 3 lectures for the Series, held November 2-4, 2016:
• Tailoring Waves at the Extreme with Metamaterials
• Low-Index Photonics
• Quantum Optics of Metamaterials

Nader Engheta faculty website
Professor Engheta is the recipient of many awards, including:
• 2015 SPIE Gold Medal
• 2015 NSSEFF from the Department of Defense ;
• 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award

Learn more about the work of Dr. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNM, and collaborators at UNM and Los Alamos National Labs in reaching the lowest temperatures ever recorded using an all-solid-state cryocooler in the UNM Newsroom article.