28 October 2022
Coherent promotes Optoelectronic Devices and Modules general manager to CTO
Materials, networking and laser technology firm Coherent Corp says that Dr Julie Sheridan Eng, previously senior VP & general manager of Optoelectronic Devices and Modules, has become its chief technology officer.
“The appointment of Julie Eng as chief technology officer not only recognizes her sustained contributions to the development of an entire industry but also reveals an important step in the evolution of our exciting growth plans,” says chair & CEO Dr Vincent D Mattera Jr. “Dr Eng will focus on Coherent’s future technology platforms that will enable us to address the long-term and irreversible market trends that are core to our strategy and to our drive for sustainably profitable growth,” he adds. “She will focus on the opportunity for us to extend our technology platforms across the company including the creation of new materials for energy generation, transmission and storage, basic research around next-generation quantum technologies, breakthroughs required for the sixth generation of wireless networks, and the adoption of digital technologies, machine learning, and artificial intelligence across our operations and in our products and services.”
As senior VP & general manager of the Optoelectronic Devices and Modules business unit, Eng oversaw engineering, product management and operations for gallium arsenide (GaAs) vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), indium phosphide (InP) directly modulated lasers (DMLs) and detectors, and CMOS/BiCMOS integrated circuits for datacom, 3D sensing and high-volume consumer applications.
Previous to Coherent, Eng held senior management positions at Finisar Corp since 2003, including executive VP & general manager of 3D Sensing and executive VP of Datacom Engineering. Over the 15 years that she managed datacom and transceiver engineering, her teams released over 180 fiber-optic transceiver products and achieved numerous industry firsts. Eng began her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where she led the development of laser-based datacom transceivers.
Eng has been an advocate of women’s contributions to STEM. She is a past chair of the IEEE Committee on Women in Engineering and presently serves on the SPIE Executive Advisory Group. She has published over a dozen papers, co-authored a book chapter, holds six US patents, and has given numerous invited talks. Eng graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She also earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In 2022, Eng was elected a Fellow of Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America) for distinguished contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.