The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Ethernet Fiber Optic Cabling Trends

Wednesday, 23 March, 16:00 - 17:00
Expo Theater II
, Exhibit Hall B
Session organized by the Ethernet Alliance

Session Description

This Ethernet Alliance panel will discuss the latest trends in Ethernet fiber optic cabling.  From structured cabling with low-loss connectivity to 400GbE cabling, the panel will explore the latest trends in cabling with a focus on connector loss and how cabling affects the optical module standards.


Doug Coleman, Manager of Technology and Standards, Corning

Since joining Corning Optical Communications in 1979, Doug Coleman has held positions in materials engineering, process engineering, product engineering and applications engineering. He currently serves as the Manager of Technology and Standards.
Coleman is active in the development of optical specifications in multiple industry organizations. He has served in various capacities in ICEA, TIA/EIA, IEC/ISO, IEEE, T11, SCTE, Telecordia and BICSI. 
Coleman was named a Distinguished Associate, an honor that recognizes long-term and continuous exemplary performance and significant contributions to Corning Incorporated. In 1987, he was recognized as Corning Optical Communications’ Inventor of the Year. Coleman has been awarded multiple domestic and  international patents, has published numerous technical articles, and made presentations at technical forums such as BICSI, OFC, ACUTA, 7x24, AFCOM and SCTE.


Paul Kolesar, Engineering Fellow, CommScope

Paul is an Engineering Fellow in CommScope’s Enterprise Solutions division.  He is the chairman of TIA TR-42.11 and actively contributes to the development of industry standards for structured cabling, fiber optics, and Ethernet.  He holds issued and pending patents on optical patch-panel design, high-speed multimode transmission, and array connectivity supporting parallel transmission.  Paul conceptualized and drove the standardization of laser-optimized multimode fibers (OM3 and OM4) for which he received the IEC 1906 Award in 2011.  These fibers, referenced within Ethernet and Fiber Channel standards, constitute the great majority of optical media installed in data centers today.  He is currently driving the standardization of wideband multimode fiber which will optimize the capabilities of short-wavelength division multiplexing. Prior to CommScope, as a distinguished member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, he developed PBX circuit packs, designed fiber optic multiplexers, and led systems engineering for optical fiber structured cabling systems.  He received an MSEE from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BSEE from the Penn State.

Brett Lane, Director of Technology, Panduit

Brett Lane has over 20 years of experience in research, development and product management of optical communication systems.  Currently, Brett is the Director of Technology for Panduit Corp located in suburban Chicago.  Before becoming a Director, Brett held several commercial and technical positions within Panduit’s Research and Development and the Data Center Infrastructure Business Organizations.  Prior to joining Panduit in 2003, he worked at Molex Fiber Optics on advanced optical transceiver design.
Brett has been active contributor and leader within several domestic and international fiber optic standards development organizations.  Currently, Brett is the Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Joint Task Group to develop the next generation multimode fiber (Wide Band Multimode Fiber) and has served as the Vice-Chairman of the TIA Subcommittee on Fibers and Cables (TR-42.12) for the past 8 years.  Brett is the author of over 40 technical publications on fiber optic, electronic and optoelectronic devices and holds 10 US patents in this field.
Brett received his M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2001 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.

Greg McSorley, Technical Business Development Manager, Amphenol

Greg McSorley is a Technical Business Development manager at Amphenol Corp., responsible for driving standards development at Amphenol’s TCS and GIS divisions. In this role Greg is involved in many of the industry standards and associations in the server / storage market place, including INCITS T10, T11, SFF, IBTA, OIF and GbEthernet. Prior to Amphenol, Greg spent many years at Data General and EMC as a senior design engineer. He was involved in designing and testing systems for EMI integrity, and high speed interconnects. Greg also handled EMC’s server / storage standards for many years. 
With over 20 years experience in the industry, Greg takes an active role in many of the trade associations related to the standards organizations. Greg is Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, Vice President of the SCSI Trade Association and Chair of the Ethernet Alliance High Speed Modular sub-committee. 


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