The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

AIM Photonics: Meeting Challenges of the Marketplace and Providing Innovative Solutions

Tuesday, 13 March, 15:45-16:45
Theater III, Hall B2
Session organized by American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics

Session Description

AIM Photonics seeks to advance Integrated Photonic circuit manufacturing.  Leaders and Members of the institute will discuss the latest accomplishments in key projects.  They will also provide the most recent data on industry leading services - AIM Photonics’ Process Design Kit (PDK), Multi Project Wafers (MPW) and the Grand Opening of our 300mm wafer Integrated Photonics Test, Assembly, and Packaging Facility.  These services are available to all enterprises, academia and national organizations.


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.


Nicholas FahrenkopfNicholas Fahrenkopf, Technical Lead, Development Projects, AIM Photonics, USA

Nicholas Fahrenkopf is the Technical Lead for AIM Photonics Development Projects at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute. This includes the state of the art multi-project wafer runs brokered through MOSIS, using the PDK from Analog Photonics, and fabricated in SUNY Poly’s world class cleanroom facility. Dr. Fahrenkopf has been developing passive and active photonics interposer platforms, wafer-scale inline electro-optical testing, as well as advanced packaging and assembly solutions in collaboration with AIM’s TAP facility. In addition, he works as an integration engineer developing new and improved silicon photonics structures. Before leading the AIM Photonics program he worked on numerous DARPA and commercially funded silicon photonics research and development programs. He earned his PhD in Nanoscale Engineering and BS in Physics from the University at Albany.

Michael LiehrMichael Liehr, CEO, AIM Photonics, 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 Vice President for Research and 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.
Tom KochTom Koch, Chairman Technical Review Board, AIM Photonics, USA

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.

Erman TimurdogaErman Timurdogan, Director, PDK Development, Analog Photonics, USA

Erman Timurdogan is the Director of PDK development at Analog Photonics (AP). He is defining the roadmap and leading the documentation, design and verification in AIM photonics process design kit (PDK). His focus is electronic-photonic components for high speed communications and low power photonic systems. Before joining AP, he received his Ph. D. and M. S. in electrical engineering and computer science in 2016 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his studies at MIT, he demonstrated the lowest energy silicon modulator, the first silicon based second harmonic generator and integrated electronic-photonic communication link on a 300mm silicon wafer. He authored over 50 peer-reviewed conference, journal publications and issued patents which were cited over 1000 times. He has 3 publications in Nature Publishing Group.
Edward WhiteEdward White, Corporate Outreach Executive, AIM Photonics, USA

Ed White is AIM Photonics Corporate Outreach Executive. Ed has responsibility for 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, and increasing membership in AIM Photonics. He will also focus on AIM Photonics’ sustainability post government funding. In addition to these duties, Ed is responsible for the AIM Photonics’ Test, Assembly and Packaging business located here in Rochester. He 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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