Dr. Mitchell "Mitch" Fields (1969-2019), a Yale educated optical communications technologist and business executive, was admired by all who knew him for his earnest belief in the good in people and his relentless optimism. The industry lost Mitch in April 2019 from glioblastoma after participating in multiple advanced treatment regimens - many of which he shared during a OFC presentation just a month before. Fields was pivotal in the technology collaboration between IBM and Agilent on the optically interconnected PERCS program in 2007, one of the earliest commercial examples of co-packaging ASICs and optics. As an executive at Avago and Broadcom's optical communications group, he continued to lead the industry in development and adoption of leading edge III-V and transceiver solutions. This session will be a short tribute to honor a community member whose short life impacted so many.