Donald Adams, Principal Photonic Engineer, Precision Optical Transceivers, Photonics Division
Donald Adams received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has over 10 years experience in integrated photonics, specializing in modulator design, filter design, and photonic signal processing. Prior to joining Precision Optical Transceivers, Donald was a Silicon Photonic Design Engineer with Cisco Systems Inc. He holds 2 patents and 7 papers in integrated photonics. His current interests include Silicon photonic fabrication methods, and photonic-electronic interfacing techniques for improved sub-system performance.
Iñigo Artundo, CEO, VLC Photonics
Iñigo Artundo obtained the M.Sc. in Telecom Engineering at the Universidad Publica de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) in 2005, and received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2009. He has been involved in several national and European research projects and networks of excellence focused on reconfigurable optical interconnects, the design, fabrication and characterization of micro-optic devices, and on flexible access and in-building fiber network architectures. He has worked as a reviewer for several scientific journals and national funding agencies. He holds specializations in Business Financing, Commercial Management and Research, and Strategic Marketing.
Thomas Brown, Professor of Optics, University of Rochester
Thomas G. Brown has been on the faculty of the Institute of Optics since July of 1987, and has held the rank of full professor since March of 2008. Professor Brown is a Fellow of the Optical Society, is former President of the Rochester Local Chapter of the Optical Society, and has served as Chair of the Polarization Engineering technical group of the OSA. In 2006, he was invited to spend three months at the University of Sydney as the Denison Distinguished Visiting Professor. In 2010, he was named honorary member of the Rochester local chapter of the Optical Society, the oldest such chapter in the USA. In other recent activities he was the founding director of the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering, the architect of the Optical Engineering Curriculum at the Institute of Optics, served as a program co-chair for the centennial program of the Optical Society. He was foundational in establishing the plans for the Test, Assembly and Packaging program within AIM Photonics and currently serves and the academic co-lead for Test, Assembly and Packaging within AIM Photonics.
Peter De Dobbelaere, Vice President of Engineering, Luxtera
From 1991 to 1995 he 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., Carlsbad, CA, where he is currently responsible for technology development for silicon photonics.
Madeleine Glick, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University
Madeleine Glick is a Senior Research Scientist at the Lightwave Research Laboratory of the Columbia Nano Initiative, Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Physics at Columbia University after which she joined the Department of Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Lausanne, Switzerland, focusing on research in electro-optic effects in GaAs and InP-based materials. From 1992 to 1996, she was a Research Associate with CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the Lightwave Links for Analogue Signal Transfer Project for the Large Hadron Collider. From 2002-2011 Madeleine was Principal Engineer at Intel (Intel Research Cambridge UK, Intel Research Pittsburgh) leading research on optical interconnects for data centers. Her research interests are in applying photonic devices and interconnects to computing systems. Madeleine is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Senior Member of IEEE and OSA.
Tom Hausken, Senior Industry Advisor, The Optical Society
With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry activities at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, now a trade association within OSA), where he held a position earlier in his career. For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.
Michael Hochberg, CTO, Elenion Technologies, LLC
Michael’s career has spanned the space between fundamental research and commercialization since his time as an undergraduate in physics at Caltech. He and his collaborator, Tom Baehr-Jones, developed a design tool for the accurate simulation of silicon photonic components as part of their research and spun the effort off as a company called Simulant. He co-founded his second company in silicon photonics, Luxtera, during his senior year. After returning to Caltech for his post-graduate degrees, he completed his MS and Ph.D. in applied physics at Caltech in a total of three years.
Since that time, Michael has held faculty positions and run research groups at the University of Washington, University of Delaware, and the National University of Singapore, and has held appointments in various departments including Electrical Engineering, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science. He currently holds a visiting appointment at Columbia University.
Gloria E. Höfler, Director of Advanced Development, Infinera
Dr. Gloria E. Höfler holds Ph.D. M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1992-2005 her career spanned development of optoelectronic materials and devices ranging from R&D stage, to new product innovation to high-volume manufacturing at 3M’s Corporate Research Laboratories, HP’s Optoelectronic Division, LumiLeds Lighting and Agilent Technologies. In 2006 she founded Argos Tech, pioneering the commercialization of quantum cascade semiconductor lasers and optical sensors. In 2008 she joined Corning to develop new markets and businesses for specialty glass in solar energy and other fields. She is currently Director of Advanced Development at Infinera working on Photonic Integrated Circuits and advanced integration platform. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and holds 15 patents.
Hong Hou, Vice President, Data Center Group & General Manager, Silicon Photonics Division, Intel
Dr. Hong Hou joined Intel in 2018 as Vice President of Data Center Group and General Manager of the Silicon Photonics Division. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Fabrinet. In 2016, he was Chief Operations Officer of AXT Inc. Prior to that, Hong served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Emcore Corporation. Early in his career, Hong conducted research at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratories on semiconductor materials and devices. Hong holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.
Daniel Kilper, Research Professor, Optical Sciences, CIAN, University of Arizona
Dr. Dan Kilper is a research professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and is administrative director of the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), Tucson. He holds a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona and an adjunct faculty position at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1996. From 2000-2013, he was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. He received the Bell Labs President's Gold Medal Award for his work on physical layer control that enabled the first continental scale transparent network. He is recognized internationally as a pioneer in physical layer monitoring and control including its use in software defined networks for metro, data centers, and 5G wireless applications. He holds seven patents and authored five book chapters and more than one hundred fifty peer-reviewed publications.
Matthias Lauermann, Senior Development Engineer, Vanguard Automation GmbH
Matthias Lauermann is Sr. Development Engineer at Vanguard Automation GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany since 2017. With his background in optics and integrated photonics, he is responsible for system architecture and hardware development of the lithography system. Prior to joining Vanguard Automation, he was with Infinera Corp., Sunnyvale, CA, USA. He received his Diploma Degree and PhD from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany where he focused his research on high-speed electro-optic devices.
Roy Meade, Vice President of Manufacturing, Ayar Labs
Roy has 20 years of experience in CMOS, and is an inventor on 50 patents. He led the High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) development effort at Micron Technology, and he led the optics program there with MIT, CU Boulder, and UC Berkeley, where he developed the first monolithic SiPh transceiver on bulk CMOS. Prior to Micron, he managed an engineering team focused on packaging at optical transceiver startup Yafo Networks. He received his MBA from Duke and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Peter O'Brien, Director, European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (PIXAPP) & Head of Photonics Packaging Group, Tyndall Institute
Prof. Peter O’Brien is Director of the European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (PIXAPP) and head of the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. He was a post-doctoral scholar at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was involved in the development of submillimetre wave devices for sensing applications. He also founded and was CEO of a start-up company manufacturing speciality photonic systems for bio-imaging applications, which he sold in 2009. He received his degree and PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork respectively.
Stefan Preble, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Stefan Preble is a Professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an expert in Integrated Photonic devices and circuits and is working to implement the technology in high performance computing, communication and sensing systems. He received his B.S. degree from RIT in Electrical Engineering (2002), and Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University (2007). Professor Preble is leading the optical packaging research and development activities for AIM Photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has received several awards recognizing his work, including a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Young Faculty Award and an AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) Young Investigator Award.
Nicholas Psaila, Co-Founder & CEO, Optoscribe Ltd
Nick Psaila is co-founder and CEO of Optoscribe Ltd. He is an expert in the manufacturing and use of photonic technologies in optical communications, with a particular focus on laser based manufacturing techniques. He is responsible for both strategic and technical facets of the business and has led the company from its formation.
Nick has a PhD in Photonics from Heriot Watt University, an MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices from St Andrews University and BSc in Physics from Imperial College London. In 2010, he was awarded an Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has co-authored more than 60 publications and several patents in the field of laser based manufacturing.
Shane Pudvah, Senior Sales Engineer, Tokyo Electron America
Shane Pudvah is a Vermont native and currently resides in his home state. Shane studied Electrical Engineering, after four years of service in the United States Marine Corp, at Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont. While in college he interned for two years at IBM in Burlington Vermont supporting Test Equipment Engineering. Post college he worked for Electroglas as a Field Service and Applications engineer for two years and has been employed with Tokyo Electron America in various Test System roles since April 2000. Hobbies include most outdoor activities especially swimming, sailing, skiing, and snowboarding.
Nuria Sanchez, Microtechnology Area Manager, Medlumics
Nuria Sánchez has a PhD in physics and significant experience in the fields of nano & micro technology. She currently manages the Microtechnology area in Medlumics S.L focusing on the development and production of photonic integrated circuits based on MEMS micro-fabrication for use in Cardiovascular diagnostics. After working in the research of nanolithography techniques based on electrochemical reactions during her PhD studies at the Microelectronics Institute of Madrid (IMM-CSIC) (2005-2010), she joined the Nanophotonics Center of Valencia (UPVL-NTC) as R&D engineer and responsible cleanroom materials growth techniques for the fabrication of nanophotonic devices for defence and biosensor applications. She was responsible for technology development at wafer level of photonic devices based on silicon photonics. From 2014 to 2015 she also joined to the Assembly and Packaging Laboratory in UPVL-NTC with the development of “Back-End” technologies necessary for integrating photonic components. During her entire career, she has been involved in the management of research projects associated to national funding and European commission funding, mainly inside to Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Jan Vardaman, President & Founder, TechSearch International
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 EPS and is an IEEE EPS Distinguished Lecturer. She is a member of SEMI, SMTA, IMAPS, and MEPTEC. She received the IMAPS GBC Partnership award in 2012 and the Daniel C. Hughes, Jr. Memorial Award in 2018. She is an IMPAS Fellow. 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.