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22 June 2009


USC electrical engineering professor joins GigOptix advisory board

GigOptix Inc of Palo Alto, CA, USA, which designs optical modulators, drivers and transimpedance amplifier (TIA) ICs based on III-V materials, says that Alan Willner, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, has joined its advisory board. He has previously served on several scientific advisory boards for small companies.

Picture: Alan Willner.

Willner received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories (Crawford Hill) and then a member of the technical staff at Bellcore. He currently conducts research in optical communications, optical signal processing, optical networks, fiber optics, and optical device technologies.

Professional positions that Willner has held include president of the IEEE Photonics Society, co-chair of the Optical Society of America (OSA) Science and Engineering Council and general co-chair of the Conference of Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO). He has also been editor-in-chief of technical publications including the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT), the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and the OSA Optics Letters.

During his career, Willner has been honored with the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science & Engineering, the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, the OSA Leadership Award and the Fulbright Foundation Senior Scholar Award.

The technology being developed by GigOptix has the potential to resolve some of the major challenges facing optical communications, comments Willner. “We look forward to a mutually rewarding collaboration,” adds chief technology officer Andrea Betti-Berutto.

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