Education Overview

The CIAN Education Program aspires to reach out to students of all levels as well as educators to improve their understanding of and interest in STEM fields, specifically in optics & photonics. 





CIAN Education’s larger goal is to create and carry out activities and programs that prepare students for success in the modern photonics workforce—a globally connected workforce with proficiencies in diverse disciplines of high technology as well as knowledge of innovation and commercialization processes. An engineer with these skills and qualities is known as the Engineer of 2020.




CIAN provides unique opportunities for students of all levels from elementary school into graduate school. Professional development opportunities are also offered for industry members and educators.


Learn more about CIAN Programs for…


         Participate in a Research Experience for Teachers Opportunity (for educators of Native American students)

         Participate in a Research Experience for Teachers Opportunity (for educators of any students)

         Bring the CIAN Education Team & Students to your Classroom for an Outreach Visit


Young Students (Grades K-12)

           Become a Young Scholar, High School Researcher

           Attend an Optical Engineering Summer Camp

           Read the CIAN “Optics Adventures” Comic Book

REU and RET Principle Investigator 
University of Arizona
Phone Number: 520-621-0174 
          Amee Henning
          Education Director
          University of Arizona
          Phone Number: 520-621-8253 
          Email: amee at optics dot arizona dot edu


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