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OIDA Workshop Speaker Profiles

2018 OIDA Workshop Speaker Profiles

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Peter De Dobbelaere, Vice President, Engineering, Luxtera, USA

From 1991 to 1995, Peter was employed by IMEC, Belgium working on various projects including short reach optical interconnect and heterogeneous integration of III-V lasers with Si and polymer waveguides. From 1995 to 1999, he was with Akzo-Nobel N.V., The Netherlands and U.S., where he was engaged in product development and reliability of polymer-based thermo-optic waveguide switch devices. In 1999, he joined OMM Inc., San Diego, CA, where he was responsible for product and technology development of MEMS-based optical switches. His latest position there was CTO and Director of Product Engineering and Reliability. In 2004, he joined Luxtera, Inc., in Carlsbad, CA, where he is currently responsible for technology development for silicon photonics.

Ken GiewontTechnology Development Fellow, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, USA

Ken Giewont is currently a Fellow at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, working on Silicon Photonics Technology Development and New Products Introduction since 2015 where his focus has been to establish a competitive 300mm silicon photonics foundry platform.    Prior to this assignment, Ken worked for IBM developing and manufacturing  high performance CMOS technology for hi end server and ASIC applications from  130nm  to 22nm nodes.      Having the opportunity to help bring silicon photonics into the foundry main stream has been an exciting and challenging assignment.   Ken has an Engineering Science BS from Penn State University and an Electrical Engineering MS from Syracuse University.

Atsushi KannoSenior Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Dr. Atsushi Kanno received B.Sci., M.Sci., and Ph.D. degree in science from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 1999, 2001, and 2005, respectively. In 2005, he was with the Venture Business Laboratory of the Institute of Science and Engineering, University of Tsukuba. In 2006, he joined the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan. His research interests are microwave/millimeter-wave/terahertz photonics, ultrafast optical and radio communication systems, lithium niobate optical modulators, and ultrafast phenomena in semiconductor optical devices. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP), the Laser Society of Japan, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Pim KatCEO Technobis Group, Technobis IPPS, The Netherlands 

Pim Kat has a background in mechanical engineering. He worked as researcher at Hoogovens in the field of computer controlled motion (what is now mechatronics). He started his own company Technobis in 1996. Technobis is worldwide front runner in developing and providing solutions for fiber optic sensing systems based on integrated photonics. Currently Technobis is the only company that successfully commercialized an Integrated Photonics based FBG interrogator system platform, called Gator®. Besides being the CEO of the Group, Pim is involved in most of the R&D work for integrated photonics.


Vincent LinTechnical Director Corporate R&D/Technology Development, ASE GROUP, Taiwan 

Vincent Lin has his Ph.D. in Power Mechanical Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.  He is the Technical Director, ASE GROUP/ New packaging technology development of wireless and optical interconnection.  His past experience includes being a Senior Manager at Qualcomm/ MEMS&TFT integrated display development and Dept. Manager at Touch Micro System Technology / Micromachining process development, MEMS simulation, characterization and technical marketing.


Daniel MahgereftehDirector of Technology, Datacom Engineering, Finisar Corporation, USA

Daniel Mahgerefteh is the Director of Technology, Datacom Engineering, at Finisar Corporation and leads the Integrated Photonics Group, which is focused on Si photonics and low cost packaging for Datacom and telecommunications markets.  Previously Daniel was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Azna LLC and the co-inventor of the Chirp Managed Laser (CML) technology.  Daniel has over 60 issued or pending patents and is the author of numerous publications.      


Claudio Mazzali, Sr. Vice President, Technology Corning Optical Communications, Corning, USA

Dr. Claudio Mazzali was appointed Senior Vice President, Technology, Corning Optical Communications and Optical Connectivity Solutions in January 2015. In this role, Mazzali expanded his previous responsibility, acting now as the chief technology officer for the COC sector while still responsible for the technology development for the OCS division.

Previously, Mazzali was the business technology director for the Telecom Sector, leading its early stage development by leveraging a close connection with the Research organization and focusing 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, New York, and has held multiple positions in Corning  Optical Fiber, including strategic alliances manager, product line manager for high-data-rate and submarine products, and new business development manager.  Mazzali holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at Unicamp, Brazil. 

He is a member of The Optical Society, and the current Chair of the OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates) Council. 



Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Professor, Director Photonic Integrated Systems at PITC, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC), The Netherlands

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy graduated from the Bonch-Bruevitch Institute of Communications, St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1992, where he received the M.Sc. degree in multichannel telecommunications. In 1996, he received a Technology Licentiate in telecommunications theory from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. In same year, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where he received the Ph.D. degree in 1999 and worked as an Assistant Professor until 2006. He founded and led until 2017 the Metro-Access and Short Range Communications Group of the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He has been a visiting professor/scientist at BUPT Beijing China, UC Berkeley, and ITMO University, Russia.

He has participated in several European research framework projects in photonic technologies and their applications to communication systems and networks. His research interests include photonic and electronic THz technologies, high-capacity hybrid optical fiber-wireless communications, digital signal processing for optical transceivers,, and the application of integrated photonic technologies for telecom, data center and sensing systems. 

Prof. Tafur Monroy currently coordinates the 5G PPP blueSPACE  and H2020 ITN CELTA projects. He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers, has graduated 20 PhD students, and is a co-founder of the start-up Bifrost Communications developing NG-PON2 optical transponder solutions.

Theodore (Tod) SizerVP, IP and Optical Network Research, Nokia, USA

Dr. Theodore (Tod) Sizer is Head of IP and Optical Network Research in Nokia Bell Labs.  In this role, he leads teams innovating in all aspects of IP and Optical solutions for core, metro, submarine, and data center communications.  Prior to his current role,  Tod lead Wireless Research in Nokia Bell Labs for nine years creating the vision and research of 5G and the new technologies that will be required to meet the needs of an Always Connected world with expectations of Infinite Capacity. Tod graduated from Amherst College, Magna Cum Laude in Physics and Astronomy and received his Masters and Doctorate in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.   In 2007 Tod was named a Bell Labs Fellow “For sustained creative contributions to wireless systems, particularly in the convergence of packet and wireless technologies” and in 2012 was named a WWRF Fellow.  In 2012 he received the Popular Science Breakthrough Innovation award for the lightRadio invention.  He serves as a member of the VCAT (Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology) which is the principal industry advisory board towards NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), part of the US Department of Commerce.  He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2015 for “Leadership in Wireless Communications Technology”. He is the author of 52 US patents, over 50 refereed publications and is a member of the IEEE and OSA.

Hans StorkSr. Vice President & CTO, ON Semiconductor, USA

Dr. Hans Stork is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ON Semiconductor. He oversees the development of wafer process technologies, modeling and design kits, design libraries, as well as packaging technologies and assembly support. 

Prior to joining ON Semiconductor, Dr. Stork was Group Vice President and CTO of the Silicon Systems Group at Applied Materials. From 2001 to 2007 he was Senior Vice President and the CTO of Texas Instruments. Before that, Dr. Stork held various R&D and management positions at Hewlett Packard Laboratories and at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. 

Dr. Stork serves on the supervisory board of ASML, is a member of the Scientific Advisory board at IMEC, and has previously served on the boards of Sematech and the SRC. He is also a longstanding member of the SIA Technology Strategy Committee.  

He authored more than 100 cited papers and holds 11 U.S. patents. He was elected IEEE Fellow in 1994, and served on several IEEE sponsored conference program committees, and is currently vice-chair of the Technical Field Awards Council and a member of the Awards Policy and Portfolio Review Committee.

Dr. Stork was born in Soest, The Netherlands, and received the Ingenieur degree in electrical engineering (EE) from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, and holds a PhD in EE from Stanford University. 


Anna Tzanakaki, Research Fellow, University of Bristol, UK   

Anna Tzanakaki is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK and holds an academic post at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Previously she was an Associate Professor at the Athens Information Technology, Greece where she was leading the Network Design and Services research group and was an adjunct faculty member of the Information Networking Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, USA. She has obtained a BSc degree from the University of Crete, Greece, an MSc and a PhD both from the University of Essex, UK. She was a co-founder and a senior engineer of ilotron ltd, a high-technology spin-off from the University of Essex and a principal engineer of Altamar Networks, USA. She is a co-author of over 160 publications in international journals and conferences. She is a co-inventor of several granted and published patents. She is a member of several Technical Program Committees of international scientific conferences and is serving as associate editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networks. She is the Technical Coordinator of the H2020 5G-PPP EU project 5G-PICTURE and was the technical coordinator of the FP7 EU project CONTENT and has actively participated in numerous EU and national research collaborative projects. Her research interests include network architectures, technologies and protocols in support of 5G networks and beyond.

Jan Vardaman, President & Founder, TechSearch International, USA  
E. Jan Vardaman is president and founder of TechSearch International, Inc., which has provided market research and technology trend analysis in semiconductor packaging since 1987.  She is the co-author of How to Make IC Packages (by Nikkan Kogyo Shinbunsha), a columnist with Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly, and the author of numerous publications on emerging trends in semiconductor packaging and assembly.  She is a senior member of IEEE CPMT (now EPS) and is an IEEE CPMT (EPS) Distinguished Lecturer.  She is a member of SEMI, IMAPS, and MEPTEC.  She received the IMAPS GBC Partnership award in 2012.   Before founding TechSearch International, she served on the corporate staff of Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), the electronics industry’s first pre-competitive research consortium.     

Joost Verberk, Director of PLM, EFFECT Photonics, The Netherlands  

Joost Verberk has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Control Systems from the Eindhoven University of Technology. After graduation, Joost stayed at the university for an additional year to continue his graduation research as part of the European research project E-Price, which investigated a reliable, an efficient and a societal-acceptable control concept for the EU energy market. Joost continued working in the energy sector and joined GDF SUEZ (currently Engie), which is one of the largest global energy producers. Engie had already realised that future energy consumption would be closely tied to datacenter / telecoms energy consumption and he joined their Smart Digital Solutions business unit, where he started out a business consultant and was eventually program manager for several Software-as-a-Service solutions. Joost joined EFFECT Photonics two and a half years ago as Director of PLM, where he is now responsible for the high-speed direct-detect portfolio of products. In his current role, he works closely with the customers to understand their current and future needs, and the engineering teams to provide fit-for-purpose solutions. 

Richard Visser, CEO, SMART Photonics B.V., The Netherlands 

Richard has a background in electronics and worked for companies like ASML and Philips. In 2012 Richard founded SMART Photonics, a Pure Play InP Foundry. Over the past 6 years this company has evolved into a trusted manufacturer of both discrete as well as complex InP based PICS. As CEO, Richard is overall responsible for a fast-growing enterprise.

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