Speaker Profiles

Upcoming Events

OIDA Workshop on State of the Art Integrated Photonics
This workshop continues a series of OIDA workshops that reviews the state of the art in photonic integration. Key questions to be addressed related to the limits--and opportunities--of commercializing integrated photonics:
03 November - 03 November 2015
Location: OSA Office, Washington, DC, USA

Plug and Play IoT Expo
OSA is partnering with Plug and Play, a business accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups, to provide startup companies who have innovative optics and photonics technologies with a unique opportunity to find the funding they need to accelerate their business growth.
10 December - 10 December 2015

OIDA Workshop on Integrated Photonics High Volume Packaging
Progress continues on the design and clean room fabrication of integrated photonics, and companies have commercialized products based on integrated photonics—using both the InP and silicon platforms. There is growing awareness that the chip fabrication is less of a barrier to commercialization, and more attention is turning to the cost of the overall package. This cost includes not only the bill of materials, but also the cost of assembly tools and labor. Addressing the cost requires an examination of the entire ecosystem, from the chip design and fabrication to the assembly and surrounding electronics.
20 March - 20 March 2016
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA

2016 OSA Executive Forum
Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OSA Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business. Join more than 150 senior-level executives as they convene to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, OSA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.
21 March - 21 March 2016
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA

Speaker Profiles—Registration

Richard Carlson, Computer Scientist - Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energey, Office of Science
Richard Carlson is a program manager at DOE where he is responsible for the scientific collaboration research program.  He has a MS-EE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He has over 30 years of experience in the design, construction, and operation of high-performance IP networks to support large-scale DOE science initiatives.  He previously worked as a network engineer for Internet2 where he focused on end-to-end performance issues and interacted closely with the HENP science community.  Prior to that he spent 2 years as a DOE program manager with responsibly for the basic network research activities and the DOE NGI program. 

Ronald Esman, Senior Technical Staff, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Ronald Esman serves as Photonics Competency Lead at the MITRE Corporation and is engaged in various R&D for the National Security Engineering Center, an FFRDC for the DoD.  Prior to MITRE, Ron served as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA, where his interests were photonics S&T for microwave generation, sensing, transport, and signal processing. He served as VP of Optical Product Development at Essex Corporation, where he focused on optical processing, spectrum analysis, and optical encryption. Ron served as Executive Engineer for Transmission Technology at Corvis Corporation, where he oversaw telecommunication technologies, including both terrestrial and subsea line terminal equipment. Ron’s career began at NRL, where his activities and teams focused on microwave applications of fiber optics; research at the forefront of opto-electronic S&T; and optical communications.   Dr. Esman received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Fred Kish, Senior Vice President, Optical Integrated Components Group, Infinera
Fred A. Kish received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988, 1989, and 1992, respectively. His Ph.D. was obtained under the direction of Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr. and is part of the core Al-bearing III-V native-oxide technology that has enabled the development of the highest performance VCSELs and has been licensed to VCSEL manufacturers throughout the world. 

From 1992 to 1999, he was at Hewlett-Packard’s Optoelectronics Division where he co-invented and led the commercialization of the highest performance red-orange-yellow visible LEDs produced at the time (wafer-bonded transparent-substrate AlInGaP LEDs, >$2B revenue to date). From 1999 to 2001, he was with Agilent Technologies as the department manager of the III-V Department in the Fiber-Optics Components Division. In 2001, he joined Infinera Corporation as Vice President of the Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Department, and later became Sr. Vice President of the Optical Integrated Components Group. At Infinera, he co-invented and led the effort to research, develop, and commercialize the first practical (commercially deployed) large-scale PICs. These large-scale PICs are at the core of Infinera’s optical network products and have been the enabling technology behind over $2.5B in PIC-based networking product sales.  D

Kish is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His awards include the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, the IEEE LEOS Engineering Achievement Award, and the OSA Adolph Lomb Award.  He has coauthored over 100 U.S. patents, over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and 4 book chapters on optoelectronic devices and materials.

Tom L. KochThomas Koch, Dean and Professory, Univeristy of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences
Thomas L. Koch is the dean of the University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences, a professor of Optical Sciences and professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering. Previously he held teh Smith Endowed Chair of Director, Cetner for Optical  Technologies at Lehigh University. Prior to his academic roles, he spent many years in research at Bell Laboratories and held R&D Vice President positions at SDL, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems.

Koch received his BA in physics in 1977 from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in applied physics in 1982 from Caltech studying under Amnon Yariv. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, where he is the incoming chair of the Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering section. He has published more than 350 papers and presentations, has served in many advisory or board capacities and has received numerous recognitions for his influential contributions to semiconductor optoelectronics, photonic integrated circuits and optical fiber communications.

MazzaliClaudio Mazzali, Business Technology Director, Optical Fiber, Corning
Claudio Mazzali was appointed Business Technology Director, Telecom sector in October 2012, expanding his previous responsibilities of Corning Optical Fiber BTD. In this role, Mazzali leads the early stage development for the entire Telecom sector leveraging a close connection with the Research organization and with main focus on integrated solutions that require collaboration between fiber, cables, and connectivity.

Mazzali joined Corning in 1999 at the Brazilian regional office as an optical communications specialist, and later became technical manager for Corning Optical Fiber in Latin America. In 2001, Mazzali was transferred to Corning, N.Y., where he assumed the position of Strategic Alliances manager, responsible for establishing partnerships and collaborations with system houses.

Mazzali has held multiple positions in Corning Optical Fiber including product line manager for high-data-rate and submarine products, Global Market Development and New Business Development teams.

Mazzali holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at Unicamp, Brazil. He is an alumni of the Tuck Global Leadership 2020 program, a member of the Optical Society of America, and the current Chairman of the OIDA Board of Directors.

Celia MerzbacherCelia Merzbacher, Vice President for Innovative Partnerships, Semiconductor Research Corporation
Celia Merzbacher is Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a nonprofit industry consortium that invests in basic research at universities to address industry needs. She is responsible for developing new initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders in government and the private sector in support of SRC’s research and education goals. Currently, she is overseeing a new initiative in Design for Security that is focused on design and manufacture of trustworthy, reliable, and secure semiconductors and systems.
Prior to joining SRC, Merzbacher was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she oversaw the National Nanotechnology Initiative and advised on a range of issues, including technology transfer, technical standards, and intellectual property. She also served as Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Ed MurphyEd Murphy, Senior Director, Technology Planning, JDSU
Ed Murphy currently works for JDSU’s Communication and Commercial Optical Products Division where he focuses on Technology Planning and Intellectual Property.   He has been with JDSU since 1999, previously serving in various Technology, Development, and General Management roles.
Prior to joining JDSU, Murphy worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs where his work included high speed modulation, optical switching, optical packaging, wafer processing, planar lightguide circuits, optical transmitters and receivers, and optical amplifiers.
He received a BS in Chemistry from Boston College and a PhD in chemical physics from MIT.
Murphy is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the Optical Society of America.  He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.  He has authored over 50 technical talks and papers and several book chapters.  He holds 13 patents and has edited books on Integrated Optics and Broadband Optical Modulators.

Jag Shah, Program Manager, DARPA
Jagdeep Shah is currently a Program Manager and Chief Scientist, MTO/DARPA. Prior to joining DARPA in August 2001, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies (1996-2001) in Holmdel, NJ. He made several seminal contributions to optical and electrical properties of semiconductors, and ultrafast coherent and incoherent dynamics in semiconductors and their nanostructures.

He has more than 300 technical publications, including a book and an edited book. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Max Born Award from the Optical Society (2000), Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Award from the American Physical Society (1996-1998), and Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award (1990). He served as a member of the Solida State Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and on several government/professional panels. He has served as General Chair and Program Chair for many prestigious international conferences. Shah is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society.

Kal Shastri, Distinguised Engineer, Cisco
Kal Shastri received Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University in 1985 & a Masters in Physics from IIT, Kanpur, India in 1976.
Shastri worked at AT&T Bell Laboratory from 1985 to 1996. He worked on the physical layer circuits for optical communication systems. He designed hardware accelerator micro-controller and system. He designed CMOS PLL and clock distribution architecture for multiple systems.
In 1997, Shastri founded AANetcom – the first company to solve high speed interconnect problem by designing and commercializing multiple channel CMOS Serdes. AANetcom was acquired by PMC-Sierra in March, 2000.
In 2002, Shastri founded Lightwire – with the goal of solving high speed optical interconnects, using CMOS Photonics. Lightwire was acquired by Cisco in March, 2012.

Marc Taubenblatt, Senior Manager, Optical Communications and High Speed Test, IBM
Marc Taubenblatt is currently Senior Manager, Optical Communications and High Speed Test, at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, focusing on optical interconnects and high speed electrical packaging for computer systems, and test and innovative diagnostic techniques for high performance computer chips.  Taubenblatt has had responsibility for IBM Research optical interconnect strategy for the past 12 years.   He also manages a research program on advanced computing technology. 

He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.  Taubenblatt has been at IBM Research for over 27 years and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Glenn WellbrockGlenn Wellbrock, Director, Optical Transport Network - Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon
Glenn Wellbrock is the director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning at Verizon, where he is responsible for the development and deployment of new technologies for both the metro and long haul transport infrastructure.
Prior to this position, Wellbrock ran the advanced technology lab, established evaluation criteria and set engineering guidelines for all backbone transport equipment as well as various positions within network operations. 
In addition to his more than 20 years at Verizon (1984-2001 and 2004-present), Wellbrock was responsible for product architecture within the U.S. optical networks group at Marconi and product planning at Qplus Networks with a specific focus on developing alternative modulation techniques.