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21 July 2009


UCLA Electrical Engineering professor to join GigOptix advisory board

Professor Bahram Jalali of University of California, Los Angeles’ Electrical Engineering Department has joined the advisory board of GigOptix Inc of Palo Alto, CA, USA, which designs optical modulators, drivers and transimpedance amplifier (TIA) ICs based on III-V materials.

Picture: Professor Bahram Jalali.

Jalali has published over 350 scientific papers and holds seven US patents, and was made a fellow of the IEEE in 2003 and of the Optical Society of America in 2004. His research focuses on RF photonics, fiber-optic integrated circuits, integrated optics, and microwave photonics, including demonstrating the first silicon laser (cited by the MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top 10 technology trends in 2005). Honors received by Jalali include the 2007 R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America and the BridgeGate 20 Award in 2001 for his contributions to southern California’s economy. He also serves on the board of trustees of the California Science Center.

While on leave from UCLA from 1999-2001, Jalali founded Los Angeles based fiber-optic component firm Cognet Microsystems, where he served as CEO, president & chairman from its inception through acquisition in 2001 by Intel Corp (for which he was a consultant from 2001-2004).

“This is a great opportunity for me to get involved with a vibrant young company,” says Jalali. “GigOptix not only has unique technology in the field of ultra-high-speed photonics but also a compelling vision to address real market needs and a consistent track record of providing innovative solutions,” he adds.

“With his exceptional experience, he will be a valuable partner in helping us broaden the application of our technology,” believes GigOptix’s chief technology officer Andrea Betti-Berutto.

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