Colloquium: Thomas L. Koch

    Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences and professor of optical sciences and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona, will present "Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in Photonic Integrated Circuits."


    Photonic integrated circuits are finally realizing their potential as compact, low-power, highly reliable and cost-effective optical solutions. This talk will review recent progress in both III-V and silicon-based PIC technologies, including strengths and probable application domains of each, and also discuss challenges and opportunities that remain.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Thomas L. Koch is the dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, and professor of optical sciences and electrical engineering. After receiving an A.B. in physics from Princeton in 1977 and a Ph.D. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1982, he worked for 13 years at Bell Laboratories where he led research and prototyping of semiconductor lasers and advanced photonic devices for optical communications. From 1995 to 1996, Koch was vice president of research and development at SDL, before he returned to Bell Labs and Lucent to become chief technical officer of optoelectronic products and director of semiconductor photonics research. In 2000, he became vice president of technology platforms at Lucent and then Agere, where he managed the research and development of optoelectronics and integrated circuit devices during the telecommunications boom. Koch joined Lehigh University in 2003, where he was the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics, as well as director of the Center for Optical Technologies.

    Koch’s research interests have focused on semiconductor optoelectronics and optical fiber communications, including photonic integrated circuits and recently silicon photonics. He was an early pioneer in photonic integration technology at Bell Labs, including applications in tunable lasers, WDM and the first operating coherent balanced heterodyne receiver PIC. He holds 36 patents and has authored more than 335 papers and presentations. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society (OSA) and Bell Labs. In 1991, he won the IEEE Photonics Society’s William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement. He was awarded IEEE’s Eric E. Sumner Award in 2008, for pioneering contributions to optoelectronics and optical communications.