Optics and Electronics Research: Optical Wireless COM - Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL)

Develop technologies for optical wireless communications (OWC). OWC requires laser sources, optical modulators, beam-steering, optical detectors and signal processing. We are developing compact OWC systems for use on small UASs (i.e. drones). Work on nanofab making beam-steering components or in the optics lab integrating parts to make a prototype system.

Project Dates

Start Date: 6/1/2021 - End Date: 5/31/2022

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Support the development of OWC components and systems. Fabricate nanostructured components that enable electronic beam-steering. Design digital control circuits for fabrication through a semiconductor foundry. Build a point-to-point optical transceiver to send and receive optical data wirelessly. Integrate a prototype OWC system.

Time Commitment

10+ hours/week hour(s)

Student Requirements

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Some engineering/physical science coursework completed. Willingness to learn new skills and a passion for science & technology is more important than experience. Priority to students looking to engage in research for 1 year or longer. Priority to students that can commit closer to full-time hours during summer 2021.

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

Honors Undergraduate Thesis
Independent Research Credit (4912)
McNair Scholars
Research and Mentoring Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Additional Notes

Pay is $10/hour.

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 05-17-2021
  • Research Categories:
    • Engineering
    • Physical Sciences
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes