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Closing the gap in the qualified technical workforce is a major challenge for both academia and industry across all segments of photonics. Problems faced include the lack of student awareness due to incorrect perceptions about the field, the lack of clear steps and programs for those who switch careers, the lack of meaningful college-employer partnerships, and the lack of relevant hands-on training programs. Numerous state and federal programs have been developed to identify solutions, but there is still a lot of work to do.
As witnessed in other branches of photonics, the field of biophotonics has transformed quickly from research-driven science to technologies that improve and save lives. Every day we learn more about how imaging…READ MORE