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Physics & Optical Engineering Facilities & Resources

Our state-of-the-art physics laboratories have modern equipment to help reinforce your understanding of physics concepts through hands-on experiments.

Our Labs and Research Sites

With our state-of-the-art labs, you'll get the sort of research experience undergrads at other schools can only dream of. 

Oakley Observatory

Located just east of the main campus, Oakley Observatory is equipped for teaching, as well as conducting research in variable star photometry, searching for supernovae or searching for comets.

MiNDs Lab

Starting as a freshman, our MiNDs laboratory will give you opportunities in the area of semiconductor and micro/nano technology through courses and hands-on experiments in fabrication, characterization and modeling of micro/nano devices and systems. There are numerous professors performing state of the art research with undergraduates within the cleanroom year round.

MINDS Lab Research

A number of research projects both within the areas of micro/nanoscale technology and pedagogy are ongoing at the MiNDS laboratory.

Other Research Facilities

Material Processing Lab

This lab lets you apply modern diagnostic techniques for failure analysis to industrial projects using equipment including:

  • Scanning Electron Microscope with an attached X-ray analysis system used for failure analysis studies
  • Phoenix X-ray machine used in failure analysis for the study of circuit boards and various other samples
  • Fluorescence microscope used in characterizing features in biological specimens

Optical Communication Lab

Equipment in the Optical Communications Lab allows students and faculty to study the quantum optics

Non-Linear Lab

This lab is where undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge optical materials/devices.


Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, student research, and more in physics & optical engineering a Rose-Hulman.

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Rocketry Propulsion Group Launches Collegiate Lander Challenge Effort

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Class of ’24 Graduates Honored for Scholastic Successes, Campus Leadership

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Students Recognized for Top-of-Class, Academic Department Achievements

Majors & Minors

We offer undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates inphysics, engineering physics, and optical engineering, as well as a graduate program in optical engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The physics curriculum is designed to develop a strong foundation in classical and modern physics, which will serve as a basis for future specialization, for additional study at the graduate level, and for design and development work in industrial laboratories.

Bachelor of Science in NanoEngineering

ABET_Engineering_Accreditation_CommissionNanoEngineering at Rose-Hulman provides students with a unique opportunity to learn the foundation concepts of physics, apply them to design, and make a concentrated study in semiconductors, micro- and nano-technology. (We work in the clean room—aka the MiNDS lab- a lot)

Bachelor of Science in Optical Engineering

ABET_Engineering_Accreditation_CommissionWe are one of the few colleges in the country to offer an undergraduate optical engineering program. Our program provides a firm foundation for those interested in continuing their studies in optics at the graduate level, as well as for those going into industry. 

Minors & Certificates

You can tailor your educational experience by adding a minor or certificate in specific areas of interest.

Dr. Duree poses with his book Optics for Dummies.

Dr. Galen Duree

Dr. Duree, head of the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 1999. His areas of expertise include photorefractive phenomena, nonlinear optics, laser physics, ultra-short pulse laser phenomena. He authored the book Optics for Dummies an "approachable introduction to optical science, methods, and applications."

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Contact Us

Department of Physics & Optical Engineering
Moench Hall CL106
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

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