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Photo of student working with lasers in the Laser Electro-Optics program.Since the late 50s when Theodore Maiman demonstrated the first laser, the uses for this amazing instrument have quite literally skyrocketed.  The potential for its application by agencies such as NASA is astounding. 

The word LASER, now common, is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The modern laser today is a tool so powerful it can pierce a diamond, so precise it can repair a damaged eye without anesthesia, and so incredibly fast, its beam travels 186,000 miles per second.

In 1969, Texas State Technical College established the first laser electro-optics program of its kind in the nation. It features lab equipment valued at more than $40 million. Today the program continues to lend TSTC’s technical advantage to its graduates working in some of the most respected research and development labs in the nation.

What you’ll do!

  • Learn in the college’s industry-standard labs on equipment valued at more than $40 million including vacuum systems, electronic support systems, lasers and optics, semiconductors and much more.   
  • Master the skills necessary to work in areas such as research and development.    
  • Gain the knowledge you need from faculty who have actually worked in the field they are teaching!   
  • Learn to use the software systems utilized in the industry.

TSTC’s star power prep

  • Five semesters of intensive educational training utilizing the college’s vast amount of equipment valued at more than $40 million.

  • State of the art $450,000 clean room.

  • Faculty who have years of experience in the field.

  • A well-rounded curriculum guided by an industry advisory committee

  • Benefit from the college's partnership with the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, or OP-TEC; TSTC is one of just nine such colleges in the nation to partner with the center.


In addition to the necessary education, TSTC’s Laser Electro-Optics faculty members come to the college with years of professional experience in their fields. Several hold membership in SPIE, an international society advancing light-based research 

 TSTC’s faculty members continually gain technical knowledge and keepcurrent on the latest developments in the nanotechnology field with ties to organizations such as the Optical Society of America and the Laser Institute of America.   

Small class size

At TSTC, our Laser classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.

Hands-on learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing the actual work they will do upon graduating from college. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the solid training you need to succeed in your laser electro-optics career.

Added Benefits

 TSTC has a strong partnership with Baylor University and the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research, actually located on the TSTC campus.

Students in the program also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals through the program's Advisory Committee, as well as with the program's Photonics Club. After entering the field, graduates are encouraged to join organizations such as the International Association of Nanotechnology and the Nanotechnology Industries Association.

Advisory Committee

With an advisory committee consisting of current laser and photonic professionals who meet at least annually to direct the program’s curriculum, TSTC ensures its programs match industry needs. This partnership makes it easier for TSTC graduates to be work-ready and obtain jobs when the time comes to search for a professional position. Many major companies understand the important part they play by serving on a TSTC advisory committee.  



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