The Institute of Photonics Technologies (IPT) started as one of the research clusters in the solidstate track under the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1984. Because of the booming photonics industry and the increasing demand for quality optical engineers, an optics track was, therefore, founded in 1998 to recruit its own graduate students. From 1999 to 2002, the number of applications grew from 190 to 590. To meet such an increasing demand, IPT was eventually established in 2003. Currently, IPT has 21 faculty members and more than 160 graduate students in various research areas, such as laser physics and engineering, integrated optics, optical storage, optical communication, optical information process, semiconductor lasers ultrafast optics, quantum optics, silicon photonics, MEMS and nano sensors biophotonics.