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OSA Foundation Announces 2012 Corning Student Paper Competition Finalists


17 February 2012

Sarah Cogan The Optical Society 202.416.1409

OSA Foundation Announces 2012 Corning Student Paper Competition Finalists

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 – The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated today announced the finalists of the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition, which recognizes student leaders in the field of optical communications. The winners will be announced at this year’s Optical Fiber Communication/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 4-8.

The six finalists, hailing from six different countries, were selected from 362 paper submissions. Submissions were reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC Technical Program Committee and 27 semi-finalists were selected based on standard OFC/NFOEC paper review criteria. The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition Committee, comprised of the OFC/NFOEC general chairs and program chairs, selected the finalists and will view their presentations at the conference to determine the winners. Finalists are judged on innovation, research excellence and presentation skills. One first place winner and two honorable mention winners will be selected, receiving $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

“Each year the Corning student paper competition continues to showcase some of the brightest young minds in the global optical communications community,” said OFC/NFOEC Program Chair Ed Murphy. “This year’s finalists are no exception. These six students have demonstrated remarkable promise through their high quality work. We congratulate them and look forward to reviewing their presentations at OFC/NFOEC.”

Finalists for the 2012 Corning Competition are:

  • An Li, The University of Melbourne, Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications, Melbourne, Australia
    Paper: Transmission of 1.63-Tb/s PDM-16QAM unique-word DFT-spread OFDM signal over 1,010-km SSMF
  • Nicole Lindenmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Paper: Low loss photonic wire bond interconnects enabling 5 Tb/s data transmission
  • Carl Lundström, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
    Paper: Short-pulse Amplification in a phase-sensitive amplifier
  • Eric Numkan Fokoua, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
    Paper: Dipole radiation model for surface roughness scattering in hollow-core fibers
  • Irene Yang, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., United States
    Paper: Full MAC system demonstration of extended 10G-EPON uplink with 512 ONU splits access span via burst-mode SOA and enhanced-FEC combined with burst-mode 3R
  • Qunbi Zhuge, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    Paper: Linewidth-tolerant low complexity pilot-aided carrier phase recovery for M-QAM using superscalar parallelization

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission by concentrating its efforts on providing career and professional development resources and support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. To learn more about and to support the OSA Foundation, please visit

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.


For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/ National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking and, recently, datacom and computing. Uniting service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses and component manufacturers, along with researchers, engineers and development teams, OFC/NFOEC combines dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 500 companies and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research into one event that showcases the trends and pulse of the entire optical communications industry.

OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the IEEE Photonics Society. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc. Visit

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