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2013 Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced at OFC/NFOEC


01 April 2013

Brielle Day
The Optical Society

2013 Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced at OFC/NFOEC

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Dr. Alan Evans, research director, Optical Physics and Networks Technology at Corning Incorporated, presents the recognition to Robert Palmer at OFC/NFOEC plenary session. Credit: The Optical Society. Click to view larger version.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013—The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated recently named Robert  Palmer of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany the 2013 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition winner. Palmer was awarded top honors for his paper, titled “Silicon-Organic Hybrid (SOH) Modulator Generating up to 84 Gbit/s BPSK and M-ASK Signals,” which he presented at the 2013 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) held March 17-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The $1,500 grand prize and two $1,000 honorable mentions were presented at the Plenary and Awards Session at OFC/NFOEC. Palmer was one of six finalists selected from more than 400 student paper submissions. Submissions were reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC Technical Program Committee, based on standard OFC/NFOEC paper review criteria. Finalists were judged on innovation, research excellence and presentation skills.
“On behalf of OFC/NFOEC I would like to extend congratulations to Robert and the rest of the finalists for their outstanding work,” said Clint Schow of IBM, one of this year’s OFC/NFOEC technical program chairs. “The research done by students today lays the foundation for future technologies and solutions in the field of optics and photonics. We wish them the best of luck as their promising careers progress.”
This year’s honorable mentions are:

  • Siddharth Jain, The University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Paper: Hybrid Silicon Transmitter using Quantum Well Intermixing
  • Abhinav Rohit, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Paper: 8×8 Space and Wavelength Selective Cross-connect for Simultaneous Dynamic Multi-wavelength Routing

Submissions for the 2014 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition will be accepted during the 2014 OFC/NFOEC Call for Papers process.

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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.

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