The Optoelectronics Technology Center (OTC) was established to facilitate fundamental advances in photonics and optoelectronics by a team of faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Materials Departments. It has been involved in various multicampus consortia funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other agencies since the early nineties. More recently ARPA-E has become a major supporter of some key efforts. The general goals have been to advance the state-of-the-art in chip-to-chip optical interconnects, data-center efficiency, optical fiber communications, and biosensors. A main aspect of the Center's charter is to encourage collaboration between academia and the U.S. industry in order to accelerate the realization of practical, manufacturable technologies.