A Laser device produces an intense, coherent, monochromatic and highly directional beam. In order for the Laser beam to be used in particular application, optical elements are required to tailor and propagate the beam in an optical set-up to meet the requirements of the application.
As a result of the discovery of the Laser in the 1960s, new technologies continue to emerge that use the Laser as a source of monochromatic and coherent light. Technological advancements in holography, interferometry, metrology, data storage and security, fiber optic communication, material processing and manufacturing, military and medical applications have been possible due to the Laser.
Currently, there is no institution of higher learning in Kenya and in East and Central Africa offering an undergraduate degree in Applied Optics and Lasers. Consequently, many of the Laser based applications have not been exploited in Kenya and in the region due to lack of competent manpower. This programme seeks to address this shortfall by training competent personnel to handle, apply and maintain Lasers and Laser based devices.
In addition, Kenya is undergoing immense growth in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation; hence the need for training scientists in Applied Optics and Lasers. Graduates of this programme will find employment opportunities nationally, regionally and internationally in areas such as Laser development, integrating Lasers into products and systems and in Laser based application facilities. A background in Applied Optics and Lasers degree will also facilitate the graduate to embark on a cutting edge research.