Almost every decade there is a technological transformation of the communications network that results in a major step in scale and economic efficiency. Historically these disruptive forces include the EDFA, DWDM, Photonic Integration, First Generation of coherent technology in the optical realm and packet processing in the digital realm. It is my belief that we are on the cusp of a new revolution in optical networks fueled by the intersection of PICs, DSPs and Coherent optics. I will discuss the advancements to date and the revolution that is building.
David F. Welch, Ph.D. co-founded Infinera in 2001, and serves as Chief Innovation Officer and member of the Board of Directors. He holds over 130 patents in optical transmission technologies, and has authored over 300 technical publications in the same field. In recognition of his technical contributions to the optical industry, he has been awarded the OSA's Adolph Lomb Medal, Joseph Fraunhofer Award and John Tyndall Award, the IET's JJ Thompson Medal for Achievement in Electronics, and the IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award. He is a Fellow of the OSA and the IEEE. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Welch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.