Thomas L. Koch

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Photonics
  • Staff Affiliation: Dean's Office
Dean of the Wyant College of Optical Sciences
Professor of Optical Sciences
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email Address:
Office Location: 
Meinel 702
Mailing Address: 

College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094 

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  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1977
  • Dean: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2012-present
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2012-present
  • Director: Lehigh University, Center for Optical Technologies, 2003-2011
  • Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Chair: Lehigh University, 2003-2011
  • Professor: Lehigh University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2003-2011
  • Professor: Lehigh University, Department of Physics, 2003-2011
  • Vice President of Technology Platforms: Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems, 2000-2003
  • Chief Technical Officer of Optoelectronic Products: Bell Laboratories, 996-1999
  • Director of Semiconductor Photonics Research: Bell Laboratories, 1996-1999
  • Vice President of Research and Development: SDL Inc., 1995-1996
  • Department Head, Supervisor and Member of Technical Staff: Bell Laboratories, 1982-1995
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • IEEE Photonics Society: Vice President of Technical Affairs
  • NAE: Vice Chair of Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering Section
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Board of Directors
  • SPIE: Life Member
  • Authored 36 patents and more than 335 combined journal and conference publications
  • Chaired more than 12 international conferences
  • Coedited two books and authored or co-authored five book chapters
  • Served on boards or advisory boards of eight international research institutes or companies
  • Served on more than 30 conference program committees
Awards and Honors: 
  • Bell Laboratories: Fellow
  • IEEE: Fellow
  • IEEE: Eric E. Sumner Award, 2008
  • IEEE Photonics Society: William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement, 1991
  • IEEE Photonics Society: Distinguished Lecturer Award, 1990
  • National Academy of Engineering: Member, 2006
  • OSA: Fellow
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Semiconductor optoelectronics.
  • Optical fiber communications.
  • Photonic integrated circuits.
  • Silicon photonics.