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CCCC students attend national photonics convention

Click to enlarge,  Central Carolina Community College second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology program attended the 2017 SPIE Photonics West Convention in San Francisco. Pictured are, left to right: Gary Beasley (lead instructor), Cameron Childress, Antonio DePaz, and Kyla Ross.

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Click to enlarge,  Central Carolina Community College second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology program had lunch with previous CCCC Laser graduates following the LLNL tour. Pictured are, left to right: student Antonio DePaz, David Pope (2016), student Kyla Ross, student Cameron Childress, Daren Hart (2006), Laser program lead instructor Gary Beasley, Al Delong (2015), and Thomas Martin (2016).

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02.09.2017College & CommunityCollege GeneralStudents/Graduates

LILLINGTON - Second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology program at Central Carolina Community College's Harnett Main Campus recently attended the 2017 SPIE Photonics West Convention in San Francisco. SPIE is an international society promoting an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Photonics West is one of the world's largest photonics exhibitions with over 1,400 companies presenting and over 22,000 professionals attending.

Attending from the Laser program were students Antonio DePaz and Kyla Ross from Harnett County, Cameron Childress from Lee County, and Laser program lead instructor Gary Beasley. Touring exhibits at Photonics West, they were able to observe the latest technology in the Laser and Photonics industry. At each booth, companies would spend time discussing their new products in great detail, explaining how it worked and how it could be used.

While in San Francisco, the group also took time to tour the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif. At NIF, research is ongoing to create self-sustaining fusion energy using 192 laser beams housed in an area the size of a football field. The 192 laser beams focus on a target smaller than a BB-gun pellet to create the fusion energy. Joining the tour with current CCCC Laser students were previous CCCC Laser graduates, who are presently employed by LLNL -- Al Delong (2015), Daren Hart (2006), Thomas Martin (2016), and David Pope (2016). During lunch after the tour, the previous Laser graduates discussed with the current Laser students what it is like working at the LLNL national ignition facility, and how much they enjoy working at LLNL.

Central Carolina Community College has a student chapter of SPIE in its Photonics curriculum. The conference trip was partly funded through the student chapter, and through LASER-TEC, a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in which the CCCC Laser program participates. Photonics is the study of the use of light, such as lasers, for industrial and other purposes.

In addition to attending the conference, participants had opportunities to network with colleagues, conference speakers, and vendors, and to expand their knowledge and understanding of the field of optics and photonics, as well as new and exciting photonics technologies.

To learn more about Central Carolina Community College's Laser & Photonics Technology program, contact Beasley at (910) 814-8828 or by email at gbeasley@cccc.edu. To learn more about SPIE, visit http://spie.org.