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OSA Foundation Announces 2013 Corning Student Paper Competition Finalists


21 February 2013

Brielle Day
The Optical Society

OSA Foundation Announces 2013 Corning Student Paper Competition Finalists

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 2013– 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 Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) at the Anaheim Convention Center, March 17 – 21, in Anaheim, Calif.
The six finalists, hailing from six different countries, were selected from 400 total student paper submissions. Submissions were reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC Technical Program Committee and 25 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.
“The Corning Student Paper Competition allows us to recognize some of the best and brightest young minds in the optical communications community,” said 2013 OFC/NFOEC Program Co-chair Kathy Tse of AT&T. “The remarkable work of these six students deserves every commendation. We offer them our sincerest congratulations and look forward to reviewing their presentations at OFC/NFOEC.”
Finalists for the 2013 Corning competition are:

  • Ui Hyun Hong, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
    Paper: A Simple Carrier-Phase Estimation Technique for High-Speed RSOA-based Coherent WDM PON

  • Siddharth Jain, The University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
    Paper: Hybrid Silicon Transmitter using Quantum Well Intermixing

  • Zhihong Li, University of Southampton, UK
    Paper: Thulium-doped Fiber Amplifier for Optical Communications at 2µm

  • Tatsunori Omiya, Tohoku University, Japan
    Paper: 400 Gbit/s 256 QAM-OFDM Transmission over 720 km with a 14 bit/s/Hz Spectral Efficiency Using an Improved FDE Technique

  • Robert Palmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    Paper: Silicon-Organic Hybrid (SOH) Modulator Generating up to 84 Gbit/s BPSK and M-ASK Signals

  • Abhinav Rohit, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Paper: 8×8 Space and Wavelength Selective Cross-connect for Simultaneous Dynamic Multi-wavelength Routing

About the OSA Foundation

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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, fiber optics and, recently, datacom and computing. Consistently ranked in the top 200 tradeshows in the United States, and named one of the Fastest Growing Trade Shows in 2012 by TSNN, OFC/NFOEC unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and development teams from around the world. OFC/NFOEC includes dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 550 companies, and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research that, combined, showcase 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. OFC/NFOEC 2013 takes place March 17 – 21 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit

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