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San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Executive Symposium: Building the Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Ecosystem for the 21st Century

AIM Photonics Executive Symposium: Building the Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Ecosystem for the 21st Century

Wednesday, 6 March, 15:30-17:00
Theater III, Hall G

Session organized by American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics

Session Description

AIM Photonics continues to expand the PIC ecosystem critical to the advancement of integrated photonics in the 21st Century. Partnership with EPDA industry leaders, large and small PIC companies, government institutes, and globally recognized university researchers has established an ecosystem that provides complete access across the entire product cycle: design, research, development, proof of concept, prototyping, validation, and fast transfer to volume manufacturing. Leaders and members of the institute will discuss the latest technology advancements in the product cycle, and opportunities to engage at any level.

AIM Photonics will host a reception immediately following the Symposium from 17:00 – 19:00 in the San Diego Convention Center Room #16B.  Please join us to meet and network with members and partners of AIM Photonics.

Moderator

Frank TolicFrank Tolic, Chief Marketing Officer, AIM Photonics, USA
Frank Tolic is the Chief Marketing Officer of AIM Photonics. As AIM’s CMO, Frank is responsible for development and execution of marketing strategies that expand the AIM brand, membership, roadmap, and technology outreach among the photonics community. He is also SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Vice President for Business, where he focuses on the creation of new business partnerships and is responsible for growing AIM Photonics and SUNY Poly’s core strategic technical and corporate partnerships. Prior to this assignment, he managed a portfolio of over $200M in semiconductor business across the globe in support of semiconductor equipment, consumable, research, and manufacturing companies.
 

Speakers

Dr. John Bowers, Deputy CEO, AIM Photonics, USA
Dr. Lionel C. Kimerling, Executive for Education, Workforce Development, and Roadmap, AIM Photonics, USA
Dr. Michael Liehr, CEO, AIM Photonics, USA
Dr. Michael Watts, CTO, AIM Photonics, USA
Edward White, Associate Vice President for Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility, AIM Photonics, USA

 

Biographies

Dr. John Bowers, Deputy CEO, AIM Photonics, Professor ​, UC Santa Barbara, USA

John Bowers is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AIM Photonics. John focuses on developing the West Coast portion of AIM and on developing integrated lasers onto the platform. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB and holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology. He is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics and Calient Networks. Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE Photonics Award, OSA Tyndall Award, the OSA Holonyak Prize, and the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award.

 

Dr. Lionel C. Kimerling, Executive for Education, Workforce Development, and Roadmap, AIM Photonics, Professor, MIT, USA

Lionel C. Kimerling is the AIM Photonics Executive for Education, Workforce Development and Roadmap. He is also Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, and the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices. He was Head of the Materials Physics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, when he joined the faculty of MIT as Professor in 1990. He has authored more than 350 technical articles and more than 50 patents. Kimerling is the recipient of the 1995 Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society and the 1999 John Bardeen Award of TMS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the AAAS, TMS, MRS and the School of Engineering, UTokyo. His research teams have enabled long-lived telecommunications lasers, developed semiconductor diagnostic methods such as DLTS, SEM-EBIC and RF-PCD, and pioneered silicon MicroPhotonics.

 

Dr. Michael Liehr, CEO, AIM Photonics, Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA

Michael Liehr is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics. Michael focuses on the creation of new AIM business opportunities, and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of AIM’s programs including SUNY Poly’s strategic 300mm integrated photonic semiconductor and 3D packaging. He is also SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation. Prior to this assignment, he led the Global 450mm Consortium through the start-up phase as the General Manager and was an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

 

Dr. Michael Watts, CTO, AIM Photonics, CEO, Analog Photonics, USA

Michael Watts is the Chief Technology Officer of AIM Photonics.  He is responsible for the technology direction of AIM Photonics and driving development projects aligned with the Key Technology Manufacturing Areas (KTMA) and Manufacturing Centers of Excellence (MCE).  He is also an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT but currently on leave from MIT to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Analog Photonics.  Analog Photonics is a company that Dr. Watts founded in 2012 to commercialize the Silicon Photonics capability that he has developed over the past decade and is currently developing the PDK for AIM Photonics. While Dr. Watts is currently focused on his roles within both Analog Photonics and AIM Photonics, he continues to develop emerging silicon photonics technologies at MIT, including nonlinear silicon photonic devices, RF photonics, and 3D optical display technologies. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, Dr. Watts was a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Sandia National Labs where he led their silicon photonics effort. 

Edward White, Associate Vice President for Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility, AIM Photonics,SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA

Ed White is AIM Photonics AVP for Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility. Ed was also recently named Chairman of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI). His main responsibility is for AIM Photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging business located in Rochester, NY.  In addition to these duties, he is focused on identifying companies who will participate and benefit from improvements in Photonic Integrated Chip manufacturing, generally educating the community about the merits of Photonic Integrated devices, increasing membership in AIM Photonics, and securing AIM Photonics sustainability post government funding.   Ed is a native of New York State, and began his career at Kodak after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He later went on to earn an Executive MBA also from the University of Rochester. At Kodak, Ed held several executive positions with global responsibility including General Manager Optical Products & Vice President Commercial Imaging Group, Director WW Equipment Manufacturing & Vice President Global Manufacturing and Logistics, Director Ink Jet Manufacturing & Vice President Consumer Digital Group. After leaving Kodak in 2009, Ed led JML Optical Company as President and CEO in an interim capacity and in 2010 he founded Edward White Consulting, LLC.

 

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