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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

February 17, 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

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]

Jeff Nicholson, OSA Fellow 2017

OSE alumnus Jeff Nicholson, who earned his UNM Ph.D. in 1991, is elected 2017 OSA Fellow

November 18, 2016

The Optical Science & Engineering Program (OSE) congratulates an alumnus of the program, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, on his recent election as a Fellow of t ... [Read More]

Patent issued to Ravinder Jain and Mani Hossein-Zadeh, OSE faculty, for WGM-based sensors

November 15, 2016

The United States Patent Office issued Patent No. US 9,482,608 on November 1, 2016 for "WGM-based molecular sensors" to University of New Mexico inven ... [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.Todor Karaulanov, Senior Scientific/Imagion Bioscience
Thursday, February 23
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Physics & Astronomy Room 190

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


Panel discussion: How to work with the National Science Foundation
Thursday, Feb. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m.
UNM Student Union Building

If you are planning to write an NSF proposal this year, bring your questions to the panel, which includes current and former NSF staff and a recent awardee. Please register in advance online or email to reserve your seat(s).

Spring 2017 Shared Knowledge Conference
April 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Graduate Studies Department is now accepting applications and nominations for:

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

Poster presentations: Graduate faculty may nominate one poster per every 25 students.

Learn more at the UNM Newsroom.

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.