Giving Opportunities

Support Photonics at Michigan Tech

What role will photonics and electronics technologies play in the society of the future? The Fourth Industrial Revolution is set to revolutionize manufacturing in our world, and photonics will allow those foundational technologies to reach their full potential.

Photonics will shape new industries and transform society and the way we live, for example by enabling automated driving, smart homes, and surgical robots. The development of photonics and electronics technologies opens the door to the future of our society, our industry, and our daily lives.

We are doing great work in photonics at Michigan Tech, and you can support our students and faculty in their research as they work to change the world in this fourth industrial revolution. Below are a few funds that are established for alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to support our contributions to the fourth industrial revolution.

If you would like to support another area or researcher on our campus, please all 906-487-2310 or email, and we can help you make a difference in the lives of students and our world.

Optics and Photonics Scholarship

The scholarship was set up by alumnus Eustace Dereniak. Dereniak is a professor emeritus of optical sciences and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona, as well as a past president of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). SPIE has offered to match dollar-for-dollar any contributions to the scholarship fund, up to $60,000.

Environmental Optics Laboratory

In the Environmental Optics Laboratory, we perform research to reduce uncertainties by developing new measurement and analytical methods. Several graduate and undergraduate students participate in research activities and contribute to a number of scientific projects.

Biomedical Optics Laboratory

Research in the Biomedical Optics Laboratory is concerned with the way light interacts with human tissue and how this interaction can be used for developing novel ways to image physiological processes and anatomical structures, for developing new laser-based optical diagnostic tools, and even for developing new ways to use light in the treatment of disease.

Miguel Levy Research

Miguel Levy is a Professor of Physics and Materials Science at Michigan Tech. His research focuses on photonics, with an emphasis on magneto-photonics and nonreciprocal phenomena. It encompasses both fundamental and applied research to explore novel, and unexplored material properties and photonic structures. Device prototypes produced in our laboratory have included on-chip optical isolators for integrated photonic circuits in telecommunications and photonic-crystal devices. Dr. Levy is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.