Optical Technology Center
Promoting Optics Education, Research, and Jobs in Montana
Welcome to the Optical Technology Center (OpTeC), established in 1992 and approved by the Montana Board of Regents in 1995 to promote education and research in the rapidly growing fields of optical science and engineering. The Optical Technology Center is a multidisciplinary center at Montana State University, offering opportunities for students, faculty, industry, and other interested partners to learn and work together to find solutions to practical problems and to discover new applications for optical technology.
OpTeC includes research groups from three university departments across two colleges:
The primary goal of the center is to maintain a nationally competitive optics program that promotes collaboration with local optical industry, leading to economic growth and improved student opportunities in Montana. Our area has one of the highest per-capita concentrations of optics and photonics companies represented through the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance.
Montana Optics & Photonics Companies
Optical Technology Center History
Here are some resources to learn more about how the Montana optics and photonics industry grew and how the Optical Technology Center helped this happen.
- 2020 talk by Dr. Joseph Shaw at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Winter School on Optics and Photonics (Youtube link ~29 minutes).
- 2019 talk by Dr. Joseph Shaw about history of Montana optics and photonics (Youtube link - ~50 minutes).
- 2015 conference paper by Dr. Joseph Shaw about synergistic growth of optics research, education, and industry in Montana (link to SPIE webpage).
- Optics in the Gallatin Valley - 2011 video produced by Montana State University Photography and Film graduate student Sophia Roberts (Youtube link, ~11 minutes).
World-Class Optics in the Unparalleled Montana Environment
We are located in Bozeman, a small city in southwestern Montana surrounded by mountains, fields, and rivers that provide incredible beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation. We are located 145 km (90 miles) north of Yellowstone National Park and surrounded by the Bridger Bowl, Moonlight Basin, and Big Sky, ski resorts. The Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison rivers come together to form the Missouri River 52 km (32 mi) west of us. Optics is a major component of our university research portfolio and the local economy.
OpTeC in the News
OpTeC Director Joe Shaw named the 2019 recipient of the G. G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization, which is given annually by SPIE.