Photonics student stories

Master of Engineering in Photonics students at a group trip to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve about 45 minutes outside Canberra

How would you describe your degree to someone who knows nothing about it?

“I would like to describe my major, photonics, as a very advanced field in engineering and physics. What we study mainly focuses on large band telecommunication and precise scanning based on the characteristic of light, such as scattering. Technics in this new field are really amazing, for example low-attenuation fibre, which will change the way we communicate.”
Chengxu Li

“This degree focused more on developing an advanced understanding [of optics by] combing some fundamental experiments about photonics including fiber optics, laser optics and optical physics.”
Yue Wu

What attracted you to your degree?

“My undergraduate degree was in chemistry and one of my favorite aspects of chemistry was light interactions and spectroscopy, so I looked into fields that would allow me to work in this area and photonics seemed to jump out at me.”
Jonathan Ward

“The one year individual project.”
Yue Wu

Khosro Zangene Kamili, student in the Master of Engineering in Photonic program. Graduating in 2017.

What is the best thing about studying your degree at ANU?

“The combination of world known researchers and sophisticated laboratories makes ANU a perfect place for study and doing research.”
Khosro Zangene Kamili

“In ANU, there are lots of professional labs for our experiments and research on topics. I am doing an OCT (Optical Coherent Tomography) project. Experience in the lab teaches me how to use the knowledge we learn from lectures to build a real thing to function in a system. Furthermore, individual projects also require me to improve [my] skills in testing and designing that [will] benefit me a lot for my career.”
Chengxu Li

Jonathan Ward, Master of Engineering in Photonics student during his internship with the Sony Corporation in Sendai, Japan. Graduated June 2017.

What opportunities have been made available to you during your degree?

“The best opportunity I've had at the ANU was going to Japan to work with Sony for 2 months over the winter break as an intern. This gave me the chance to work in industry, learn about another culture and how engineering is applied and used in Japan, and further my understanding of my degree.”
Jonathan Ward

“Aside from interacting with excellent researchers and professors, I got opportunely to access well-equipped laboratories and fabrication facilities which are all needed to do a high impact research.”
Khosro Zangene Kamili

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