First Recipient of the Infinera Outstanding Student Recognition Announced



Angela Stark
The Optical Society

First Recipient of the Infinera Outstanding Student Recognition Announced

WASHINGTON, April 28—The OSA Foundation and Infinera are pleased to announce that Ming-Chun Tien from the University of California, Berkeley has been given the first Infinera Outstanding Student Recognition Prize for his paper titled “Optofluidic Assembly of InGaAsP Microdisk Lasers on Si Photonic Circuits with Submicron Alignment Accuracy.” A $1,500 prize was bestowed upon Tien during the OSA Foundation reception at this year’s Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) held March 22-26 in San Diego.

The Infinera Outstanding Student Recognition is given to one student at OFC/NFOEC who exhibits outstanding optical communications research in the area of optoelectronic devices and photonics integration. The 20 finalists for the award were selected from the pool of student submissions to the Optoelectronic Devices category at OFC/NFOEC. Submissions were reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC technical program committee and finalists were selected based on standard OFC/NFOEC paper review criteria. Finalists were judged based on their innovation and research excellence.

“We are very pleased to honor Ming-Chun with our first Infinera student award,” said Dave Welch, co-founder and chief marketing and strategy officer of Infinera. “Ming-Chun’s paper demonstrated the sort of innovation Infinera wants to encourage, and we hope and expect that Ming-Chun will become a leader in the field.”

Submissions for the 2010 Infinera Outstanding Student Recognition Award will be accepted during the 2010 OFC/NFOEC Call for Papers process.

About Infinera
Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications carriers worldwide. Infinera’s systems are unique in their use of a breakthrough semiconductor technology: the photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Infinera’s systems and PIC technology are designed to provide customers with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more information, please visit

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.