Monday, February 25, 2013

Photo of the Week: Enspire, Electrical Engineering Style

Janelle Shane, electrical engineering PhD student teaches kinds about lasers as a  part of Enspire 2013.

Electrical engineeringgraduate student Janelle Shane is pictured in the latest Photo of the Week. Janelle participated in Enspire (part of Engineer’s Week at the Jacobs School) and was busy showing a group of middle school students how the invisible light from an infrared laser would show up as a spot on an infrared-sensitive card.

A question for Janelle:

“What do you think the students responded to most in your demo?”

Her answer:

“Once I explained to them that I didn't know how to make a light saber, they were excited most about the fact that visible light, infrared light, radio waves, and microwaves are all the same thing—it’s just that our eyes can only see the visible light. They were excited to hear that if our eyes could see microwave radiation, a microwave oven would appear to be glowing.”

Janelle’s demo was in the Nanoscale Optics Lab of Shaya Fainman, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, among many other labs. The demo introduced middle schoolers to tiny, yet powerful, lasers used to create the optical circuits of the future.

Read the full Enspire 2013 story and watch a quick video on the Jacobs School website.

Read about some big news on tiny lasers from this lab: UC San Diego Engineers Demonstrate Smallest Laser to Operate at Room Temperature


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