Dr. Nicholas M. Massa
Dept. Chair - Optics & Photonics Technology at Springfield Tech Comm Coll
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Optics and Photonics Education , Problem-Based Learning , NSF Project Evaluation , Educational Research
Profile Summary

Dr. Nicholas Massa holds both BS and MS Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Western New England University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership/Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a full professor and program coordinator in the Laser Electro-Optics Technology Department at Springfield Technical Community College with over 30 years of experience as a photonics technology educator, educational researcher, and engineering consultant. In 2010 he received SPIE’s Educator of the Year award. He is currently principal investigator on the NSF-ATE Advanced Manufacturing Problem Based Learning (AM PBL) project of the New England Board of Higher Education.
Publications (19)

Proceedings Article | 2 July 2019 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
KEYWORDS: Waveguides, Manufacturing, Fiber lasers, Additive manufacturing, Photonics, Photonic integrated circuits, Multimedia, Optics manufacturing, Integrated photonics, Scanning transmission electron microscopy

Proceedings Article | 27 September 2016 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV
KEYWORDS: Medicine, Fiber optics, Video, Mathematics, Connectors, Technician training, Fiber optic communications, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Lead

Proceedings Article | 8 October 2015 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015
KEYWORDS: Fiber optics, Video, Manufacturing, Laser development, Fiber lasers, Photonics, Optics manufacturing, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Sustainable technology, Internships

Proceedings Article | 17 July 2014 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
KEYWORDS: Visualization, Reflectivity, Fiber lasers, Photonics, Analytical research, Multimedia, Technician training, Education and training, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Sustainable technology

Proceedings Article | 15 October 2012 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Polishing, Light emitting diodes, Fiber optics, Sensors, Manufacturing, Fiber lasers, Photonics, Technician training, Prototyping

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Course Instructor
WS1141: Problem-Based Learning: Engaging Students in STEM
Can students learn content material, structured problem solving and teamwork all at the same time? Problem Based Learning (PBL) is designed to do just that by engaging students in authentic real-world problems while supporting their problem-solving skills. Developed for use in medical education in the 1970s, PBL is used in business and law education and even police training. Slowly, it's beginning to emerge in engineering and technology education as a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Studies show that PBL leads to deeper learning and better retention of material. In this workshop, you'll learn more about PBL and how the New England Board of Higher Education's PBL "Challenges" have been implemented in classrooms and extracurricular activities. You will take the part of a student and solve a PBL Challenge, in the process learning how to enhance students' content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ability to work in teams.
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