CREOL, From its Origins to the Present: My Experiences

M.J. Soileau

The real origin for UCF’s optics activity came as a result of the energy and initiative of Bill Schwartz, the founder of Florida’s laser industry, and the effort by then-Governor Bob Graham (in the mid-1980s) to grow Florida’s economy beyond its dependence on tourism and citrus, two industries that traditionally pay low wages to many of their employees. The basic idea was to build value added, wealth-producing industries in Florida.

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