Thomas L. Koch is the dean of the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences, a professor of Optical Sciences, and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously he held the Smith Endowed Chair of Director, Center 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 where he was responsible for both research as well as optical and IC technology platform development in support of broad product portfolios.
Tom 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 has published more than 350 papers and presentations, holds 36 patents, and has served in many advisory or board capacities for public and private enterprises.
Tom is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, where he served as Chair of the Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering section. He has also been recognized for his many contributions to semiconductor optoelectronics, photonic integrated circuits, and optical fiber communications, including the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement, the IEEE LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award, and IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, and Bell Laboratories Fellow.