VPIphotonics University Program

The University Program supports more than 170 universities and nonprofit research centers around the world that use VPIphotonics' optical component and system simulation software for classroom demonstrations, to simulate lab experiments, and to model and optimize new designs. The primary focus of the University Program is to help academics, researchers and students by:


  • supplying favorable licensing terms for software use in academic programs.

  • distributing high-quality photonics curriculum.

  • promoting academic excellence in the field of photonics.

To become a University Partner, email universities@VPIphotonics.com

  • Software Package

    The Physical Layer Package contains licenses for all the VPIcomponentMaker™ and VPItransmissionMaker™ products, pdf manuals and online help. The pricing scheme supports subsidies for individual researchers and volume-based discounts for the distribution of VPIphotonics tools in the classroom. Academic discounts for training programs are provided. Under the program, the software must be used in relation to academic coursework or noncommercial research applications. All findings are public domain, and copyright must be owned by the institution as well as the author.

  • Photonics Curriculum

    The Photonics Curriculum is developed by VPIphotonics training experts and product developers to support the integration of modeling and analysis tools into academic programs for photonics and optical communications.
    Deployment of the Photonics Curriculum minimizes laboratory equipment spending without compromising opportunities to provide students with practical experience of exploring the behavior of optical systems and components. The curriculum helps students to use VPIphotonics software to visualize complex physical effects associated with the design of WDM transmission systems. Software accelerates the learning process by demonstrating the impact of various propagation effects and device limitations to deliver insight into individual aspects of optical networking.
    The Curriculum provides course material for academic programs comprising of lecture notes and laboratory exercises. The individual modules are customizable and extendable. Topics covered in the modules include:

    • Introduction to fiber-optic transmission

    • Optical transmitters and receivers

    • Fiber-optic transmission of light

    • Optical amplification

    • Introduction to WDM systems

    • Basic photonic measurements

    • BER and Q factor

    • Introduction to Cable Access systems