July 24, 2006, Charlotte, NC--Eric Johnson, Director of the Micro-Photonics Lab, College of Optics & Photonics/CREOL, University of Central Florida is moving to the University of North Carolina to become associate director of UNC Charlotte's Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications.
Johnson, a fellow of SPIE, received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, MS from the University of Central Florida, and BS from Purdue University. He joined the faculty at CREOL in 2000. Prior to that, he was the VP of Research & Development at Digital Optics Corporation. His research interests include diffractive and micro-optical systems and applications, fiber optics, and micro/nano-fabrication.
Created in 2002, the Center has recently moved into a new purpose built 90,000 square foot facility which will accommodate some 25 optics faculty and several user facilities including a state-of-the-art clean room for photonic device fabrication. The Center is also promoting industry partnerships. At present there are approximately 40 graduate students in the newly approved graduate programs in optical science and engineering who use the Center's resources. Further details can be found on