The Optical Engineering Program

This new study program confers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Optical Engineering. The program was opened in light of the growing demand for engineers with an expertise in optical engineering.
The program started in 2010.

In the field of hi-tech, optical components are present in a significant part of advanced systems. These components receive and process input (in a visible field or an infrared field), for control and input systems, non-destructive testing, communication, calibration and measurement systems, remote sensing, medical systems and systems that operate in real time. These systems are integrative and integrate technologies from different engineering fields. The rate of technological changes in these fields is very rapid. This field requires the training of experts who are familiar with advanced technologies and who are capable of developing new technologies.
This program offers background and tools in the fields of physics, optics, computer programming, electronics, and mechanics and offers engineering training that is sufficiently broad to enable the graduate to integrate into the hi-tech industry and to contribute to its development. In the field of experimentation, the program features numerous laboratories where the students learn about the various technologies that are used in the optical industry. Some of the labs are designated for projects in which the students are required to find solutions to a specific problem and to build an optical system that meets the requirements posed by the solution they planned. The program integrates a balance of engineering material with scientific and mathematical background. This combination is unique and offers our graduates an advantage.
n the fourth year of study, students devote a substantial portion of time to their internship in industry.
The principal targets in the training of candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in Optical Engineering:
  • Mastery of the physical principles of advanced optical systems through basic mathematical and scientific courses taught at an accelerated pace and through basic courses in optics.
  • Offering a background and tools that will enable successful coping with changing technologies and an ability to develop new ideas, through offering a broad theoretical background in the courses and a significant number of lab hours included as part of the program.
  • Introduction to applied technologies in the optical, electro-optical and mechano-optical industry.
  • Teaching tools to master additional fields related to the application of these systems, in computer programming and subjects in mechanical and electrical engineering and electronics.
  • Internship in industry that includes a development project supervised by a faculty member.

The program offers three internship majors:

  • Expanded optics major with an emphasis on a scientific basis in the field of optics.
  • An electro-optics major which will train the engineer in the systematic approach and offer a background in electrical engineering.
  • A mechano-optics major which will train the engineer in a systematic approach and offer a mechanical engineering background.