Thomas Koch

University of Arizona

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Technical Review Board Chair


Thomas L. Koch is Chairman of AIM Photonics Technical Review Board (TRB). He is also Dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, where he is also Professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his BA in physics in 1977 from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in applied physics in 1982 from the California Institute of Technology studying under Amnon Yariv. Koch joined UA from Lehigh University, where he was Director of the Center for Optical Technologies and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics. Prior to his academic roles, Koch held Vice President positions at SDL, Lucent, and Agere Systems, where he was responsible for Research and Development of materials, device and subsystem technologies supporting optical, optoelectronic, and IC products. In his many years as a researcher and research manager at Bell Laboratories, his work focused on semiconductor lasers, photonic integrated circuits, and their implementation in optical communications systems. He has 37 issued patents, and has authored more than 350 journal, conference, and book publications, including co-editing the widely-read two-volume book, “Optical Fiber Telecommunications III”, and has delivered more than 70 plenary, invited, tutorial, and short course presentations. Koch has received numerous recognitions for his work in photonic integrated circuits and optoelectronics technologies, including the IEEE’s Eric E. Sumner Award, and the William Streifer and Distinguished Lecturer Awards from IEEE LEOS. Koch is a Fellow of Bell Labs, the OSA, and the IEEE, a life member of SPIE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering where served as Chair of the Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering section.