Dr. Rod C. Alferness of Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent will be delivering the 2011 Hermann Anton Haus Lecture Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

The title of Dr. Alferness’s lecture is, “Optical Networks: Meeting the Challenging Demands of the Global Digital Community”

A reception will follow in the Grier Room, 34–401.

Rod C. Alferness is the Chief Scientist for Bell Labs and leads the Chief Scientist’s Office (CSO) at Alcatel-Lucent. Rod joined Bell Labs in 1976 where his early research at Bell Labs included the demonstration of novel waveguide electro-optic devices and circuits ‑including switch/modulators, polarization controllers, tunable filters and their applications in high capacity lightwave transmission and switching systems. This research led to the early development of titanium diffused lithium niobate waveguide modulators that are now deployed as the high-speed signal-encoding engine in fiber optic transmission systems around the world. Dr. Alferness has also made seminal technical contributions in photonic integrated circuits in InP, including widely tunable lasers, as well as in photonic switching systems and reconfigurable DWDM optical networks.

Rod is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the IEEE. He received the 2005 IEEE Photonics Award for his seminal contributions to Integrated Optics and their application to Optical Networks. Rod was President of the IEEE LEOS (now IEEE Photonics Society) in 1997 and President of the Optical Society of America in 2008.

The Hermann Anton Haus Lecture is RLE’s visiting lecturer program designed to bring the leading world researchers in fields intersecting RLE interests to RLE to share their thoughts and perspectives with the MIT community. The lecture honors the memory of Professor Haus, and continues the process of collaborative dialog that he promoted throughout his lifetime.

The lecture is open to all interested members of the RLE and MIT communities.

Related Links:

Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent

The Hermann Anton Haus Fund