The Optical Technology Center (OpTeC) at Montana State University was established in 1995 to promote education and research in the rapidly growing fields of optical science and engineering. The Optical Technology Center is a multidisciplinary center at MSU offering opportunities for students, faculty, industry, and other interested partners to learn and work together to find solutions to practical problems and to discover new applications for optical technology.

OpTeC includes research groups from three university departments: 

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry 

The primary goal of the center is to maintain a nationally competitive optics program that promotes collaboration with local optical industry, leading to economic growth and improved student opportunities in Montana.

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Spectrum Lab was established in 1999 to advance the opto-electronic technologies emerging from the research laboratories of Montana State University and foster their transition to Montana companies and in the process providing enhanced educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Spectrum Lab's threefold mission is:

  • To perform advanced research and development on MSU grown photonic technologies.
  • To establish and maintain university-corporate partnerships to effect the transfer of these technologies into Montana companies.
  • To provide enhanced educational and employment opportunities for Montana undergraduate and graduate students, enabling our students to perform team-oriented, goal-driven, time-critical research and development.

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