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Mengfan Fu Named 2020 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition Grand Prize Winner

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10 March 2020



Mengfan Fu Named 2020 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition Grand Prize Winner

Awardee and finalists presented their research at OFC: The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition

SAN DIEGO – The OSA Foundation (OSAF) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) announced the Grand Prize winner out of 204 paper submissions and six finalists for the 2020 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition. Mengfan Fu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, received $1,500 USD and presented her paper at OFC: The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC), 8 March 2020 in San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Fu’s paper is titled, “Parallel Bisection-based Distribution Matching for Probabilistic Shaping.” Two Honorable Mention awardees, Taichiro Fukui, The University of Tokyo, Japan and Justin Lavrencik, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A., each received $1,000 USD.

Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition prize winners are undergraduate or graduate students from qualifying institutions. All finalists presented their papers at OFC.

“This prize not only recognizes research excellence, but also innovative thinking and effective communication -- two essential skills for a successful career in photonics,” said OSAF Executive Director Chad Stark.  “Through our partnership with Corning Incorporated, the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Prize allows us to challenge young researchers to focus on honing their presentation skills and clearly explaining the impact of their work.”

The 2020 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition finalists are:

Grant Brodnik, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A., presenting “Chip-Scale, Optical-Frequency-Stabilized PLL for DSP-Free, Low-Power Coherent QAM in the DCI”

Mengfan Fu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, presenting “Parallel Bisection-based Distribution Matching for Probabilistic Shaping”

Taichiro Fukui, The University of Tokyo, Japan, presenting “Single-pixel imaging through multimode fiber using silicon optical phased array chip”

Saikrishna Konatham, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada, presenting “Photonic-Enabled Real-Time Frequency-Spectrum Tracking of Broadband Microwave Signals at a Nanosecond Scale”

Justin Lavrencik, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A., presenting “168Gbps PAM-4 Multimode Fiber Transmission through 50m using 28GHz 850nm Multimode VCSELs”

Kaihui Wang, Fudan University, China, presenting “Demonstration of SOA-based IM/DD 1T (280Gbit/s×4) PS-PAM8 Transmission over 40km SSMF at O-band”

For more information on the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition, including application and eligibility details, please visit: https://www.osa.org/en-us/foundation/competitions_prizes/corning_outstanding_student_paper_competition/

About The OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support the society’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering and business communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. For more information, visit osa.org/foundation.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.

Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.

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