Thomas Koch

Thomas Koch

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

Additional Affiliations

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Dean: The University of Arizona, Wyant College of Optical Sciences, 2012-present
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Wyant 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, 1996-1999
  • 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 History

  • IEEE Photonics Society: Board of Governors and Vice President of Technical Affairs
  • AIM Photonics: Technical Review Board Chair; Strategic Advisory Board Executive
  • NAE: Chair of Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering Section
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Board of Directors 
  • Authored 40 patents and more than 350 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 nine research laboratories, institutes or companies
  • Served on more than 30 conference program committees

Awards and Honors

  • Bell Laboratories Fellow
  • IEEE Fellow
  • Optica Fellow
  • SPIE Fellow
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow
  • IEEE Photonics Society: Distinguished Lecturer Award, 1990
  • IEEE Photonics Society: William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement, 1991
  • National Academy of Engineering: Elected Member, 2006
  • IEEE: Eric E. Sumner Award, 2008

Specific Research Interests

  • Semiconductor optoelectronics.
  • Optical fiber communications.
  • Photonic integrated circuits.
  • Silicon photonics.


  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1977