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Northrop Helps Photonics Academy

Photonics.com
Aug 2009
Northrop Grumman Corp., which operates its Laser Systems business unit in Apopka, Fla., has helped establish the new Wekiva High School Photonics Academy there by contributing $50,000 in cash and equipment, the company announced Monday. The academy, open to high school students in Apopka, was created in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and Valencia Community College. To participate, students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and are required to enroll in Valencia Community College, where they will receive college credits for courses taken at the Photonics Academy in mathematics, science, communications, electronics, and optics. “This is a great opportunity for the students at Wekiva High School and for us,” said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Laser Systems. “Once they graduate from this program, they will be well on their way to becoming laser technicians. And, since we have a continuing need for trained and certified laser technicians, we are very pleased to be a part of this innovative education and training process.” Northrop Grumman Laser Systems makes ground-based military electro-optical (EO) targeting systems. The company donated $30,000 in lab equipment and $20,000 in cash to the academy.


GLOSSARY
electronics
That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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