The Institute of Optics consists of 21 full-time professors, 1 professor with a joint appointment, and 12 professors with secondary Optics appointments from diverse departments such as imaging sciencesphysics, dermatology, electrical and computer engineering, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and chemistry.

Approximately 170 undergraduate students and 122 graduate students (83 PhD students, 39 MS students, 47% non-US citizens, 22% women, 2 from under-represented minority groups) are in the program.

In addition, 9 adjunct professors, senior scientists and lecturers teach various courses, and approximately 13 research scientists and post-doctoral scientists carry out advanced research. 

Nine staff members provide department support.