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Midwest Photonics Education Center

A technician operates an ultra-high-intensity laser system

At the Midwest Photonics Education Center (MPEC) at Indian Hills Community College, a technician operates an ultra-high-intensity laser system in the Extreme Light Laboratory.

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Supported by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program, MPEC programs at partner colleges teach students about lasers, geometric optics, physical optics, electronics, mechanical optics alignment, laser applications and analysis, and CNC laser programming. MPEC programs emphasize hands-on activities. Students learn to assemble, install, operate, calibrate, repair, maintain and test laser systems and optical equipment in a variety of applications.

You can read more about MPEC in the publication ATE Centers IMPACT: Partners with Industry for a new American Workforce. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 2, 2017)

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