First Recipient of Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition Announced


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First Recipient of Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition Announced

Frederik Van Laere, Ghent Univ.-IMEC, Belgium Receives Top Honors

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28 – Corning, Incorporated and the OSA Foundation today announced the winner of the inaugural Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition, which recognizes future leaders in optical communications. Frederik Van Laere, Ghent Univ.-IMEC, Belgiumwas awarded top honors for his paper, “Multifunctional Photonic Crystal Compact Demux-Detector on InP.” The $1,500 award and $1,000 honorable mentions will be formally bestowed Thursday, February 28 during the post-deadline paper session at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Diego, Calif.

Van Laere’s research demonstrates a very compact multifunctional photonic crystal device on InP membrane. The abstract reports that it showcased grating-coupled fibers feed a multimode photonic crystal wedged waveguide accomplishing individually selectable coarse WDM demux within 20 μm per channel toward membrane integrated detectors.

Chosen from 410 entries, Van Laere’s paper was singled out from a number of high-quality papers submitted by internationally renowned colleges and universities. Candidate submissions were initially reviewed according to standard OFC/NFOEC paper review procedures. Six finalists were chosen from these papers, and the winner and honorable mentions were established following a special presentation competition on Sunday, February 24 during OFC/NFOEC. 

“We are honored to present Frederik Van Laere with the first Corning Student Award,” said Ekaterina Golovchenko of Tyco Telecommunications and one of this year’s OFC/NFOEC technical program chairs.  “The program committee was extremely impressed with all of the submissions, which were some of the most innovative at the conference. We congratulate all of the winners and finalists and look forward to next year’s competition.”

This year’s honorable mentions, who will each receive $1,000, are:

  • Mohammad Alfiad,Eindhoven University of Technology
    A 10.7-Gb/s DPSK Receiver with 4000-ps/nm Dispersion Tolerance using a Shortened MZDI and 4-state MLSE
  • Matthew Dummer, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Periodic Loading and Selective Undercut Etching for High-Impedance Traveling-Wave Electroabsorption Modulators

Submissions for the 2009 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award will be accepted during the 2009 OFC/NFOEC Call for Papers process. 

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society of America's mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, provide optics and photonics education to underserved populations, provide career and professional development resources  and support OSA's Awards and Honors program. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation or to find out how to donate, please visit or email


Since 1985, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has been the annual forum for those in the optical communications field to network and share research and innovations. In 2004, OFC joined forces with the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) creating the largest and most comprehensive international event for optical communications. By combining an exposition of approximately 600 companies with a unique program of peer-reviewed technical programming and focused educational sessions, audiences from service providers, manufacturers, network providers and more participate in OFC/NFOEC for the latest advances in optical communications.

OFC/NFOEC,, is managed by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE/LEOS). Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc.