Optoelectronics and Sensors

University of Dayton


University of Dayton


The Center of Excellence in Optoelectronics and Sensors is a natural result of the integration of the University of Dayton's (UD) activities involving optoelectronics and sensors. The Electro-Optics (EO) program, the Ladar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) and the Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensors Technology (IDCAST) make a logical connection along the discovery/development/commercialization continuum. UD's EO Ph.D. program is only one of a handful in the United States. Nearly 50 percent of the EO Ph.D. graduates and 30 percent of the M.S. graduates are employed in Ohio. LOCI is an extension of the academic program and is supported by the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, Textron, Boeing, Northrop-Grumman and BAE Systems. IDCAST is an Ohio Third Frontier Wright Center of Innovation funded at $28 million and has been extremely successful in exceeding the cost share commitments by nearly a 4:1 ratio. Complementing these activities is UD's recent win of the Ohio Research Scholar's Program in Layered Sensing funded at $23.5 million. The integration of these activities creates an exceptional Center of Excellence for Optoelectronics and Sensors.

Driving Economic Advancement

The Center of Excellence in Optoelectronics and Sensors has collaborated with numerous companies throughout Ohio including L3 CE. IDCAST, an anchor for this center, has delivered on the economic development promise by creating over 226 jobs in 24 months and securing an additional $65 million in sponsored research. Startup companies resulting from IP with Ohio staff include PhotonX (CEO is an EO grad), Analog Bridge, and iHMS, a startup spinoff from Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.


  • The EO graduate program is only one of six in the nation
  • LOCI is a one-of-a-kind program, and Ohio Department of Development officials have called IDCAST one of the best and most successful Wright Centers ever funded


  • Growth in the number of enrolled graduate students in the EO program
  • Increase annual growth in sponsored research in sensors, photonics, laser/optical communications and optoelectronics of five percent per year
  • Enhance collaboration with industrial companies


  • Number of EO graduates
  • Number of peer-reviewed publications
  • Annual research expenditures
  • Number of industrial collaborators
  • Number of patents and resulting new companies/ products
  • Number of awards (state, national, international) and invited talks