Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced


Angela Stark
The Optical Society

Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced

WASHINGTON, April 28—The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated are pleased to announce Jeffrey Lee of the University of Technology Eindhoven in The Netherlands as the winner of this year’s Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition. Jeffrey Lee was awarded top honors for his paper “Discrete Multitone Modulation for High-Speed Data Transmission over Multimode Fibers Using 850-nm VCSEL.” The $1,500 grand prize and two $1,000 honorable mentions were formally bestowed during the post-deadline paper session at this year’s Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) held March 22-26 in San Diego.

Lee was one of seven Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition finalists that were selected from a record 425 student paper submissions. The finalists each presented their research at OFC/NFOEC and were judged by the conference general chairs and program chairs based on innovation, research excellence and author presentation skills. Submissions were reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC technical program committee and finalists were selected based on standard OFC/NFOEC paper review criteria.

“We are honored to bestow Jeffrey with top honors for the Corning Student Paper Competition,” said Biswanath Mukherjee of the University of California at Davis and one of this year’s OFC/NFOEC technical program chairs. “The talent and remarkable promise that Jeffrey and the other finalists demonstrated with their submissions was extremely impressive. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists.”

This year’s honorable mentions are:

  • Mohammad Alfiad, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Paper: “111-Gb/s POLMUX-RZ-DQPSK Transmission over LEAF: Optical Versus Electrical Dispersion Compensation”
  • Bo Zhang, University of Southern California, USA
    Paper: “Polarization-Based Fast-Swept Optical Spectrum Analyzer”

Submissions for the 2010 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition will be accepted during the 2010 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's (OSA) 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 awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. 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 1979, 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 550 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 (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.