2014 Summer Workshop & Social Networking Lunch
USC Campus, EE Bldg Room #132 - Los Angeles



2014 Summer Workshop & Social Networking Lunch


Photonic Society of Chinese-Americans, Southern California Chapter (PSC-SC) is organizing a 2014 Summer Workshop and social networking lunch in Los Angeles, California.


Title: PSC Summer Workshop on Photonic Technologies

Date: July 19, 2014 (Sat.), 11am to 3:30pm (workshop and social lunch)

           (12:40-1:10pm lunch break)                         

Location:USC Campus, EE Bldg Room #132, Los Angeles, CA

Fee: Free. Lunch will be provided


Workshop Schedule:

11am – 11:30am; registration & social networking

11:30am to 11:40am: PSC introduction

11:40am-12:40pm: Keynote Speech: Winston Way, Chief System Architect at Neophotonics

A Pragmatic View of Optical Fiber Communication Systems and Components

12:40pm – 1:10pm: Lunch break

1:10pm to 1:40pm: Greg Fish, CTO at Aurrion

Heterogeneous Integration for Silicon Photonics

1:40pm to 2:10pm: Arlon Martin, Sr. Director of Marketing, Mellanox Technologies (Kotura)

Can Integrated Optical Interconnects provide the Bandwidth Needed for Exascale  Systems

2:10pm to 2:40pm: Daniel Mahgerefteh, Director of Technologies, Finisar

Is Silicon Photonics Going to Take over Optical Communications?

2:40pm to 3:20pm: Panel discussion, Q&A

3:20pm – 3:30pm: Conclusion


Dan Blumenthal, UCSB Professor and CTO/Co-founder of Packet Photonics will kindly act as the moderator of the workshop. There are limited seats available.  Webex to other PSC chapters in North California and Atlanta. Lunch will be provided free. During workshop, PSC will announce the 2014 scholarship selection process and prepare the annual conference during OFC’15.


For reservation please contact, Frank Chang at or Mobile: 805-551-7392;

K.K Wong at or Mobile: 626-476-0946; Genzao Zhang at or Mobile: 626-710-8788

Direction to Venue

USC Campus address:

Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB)

Room #132

3740 McClintock Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90089-2560




110 (Harbor) Freeway North:

  • Exit at Exposition Blvd and 37th Street. Follow the signs to Exposition Blvd., circling left under the freeway. The USC campus will be ahead on your right. Go west on Exposition to USC Watt Way (Gate 1).

110 (Harbor) Freeway South:

  • Exit at Exposition Blvd. Turn right at the light onto Exposition Blvd. The USC campus will be ahead on your right. Go west on Exposition to USC Watt Way (Gate 1).

10 (Santa Monica) Freeway East:

  • Exit at Vermont Avenue. Turn right (south) at the light and follow Vermont to 36th Place (Gate 6).

10 (Santa Monica) Freeway West:

  • Exit at Vermont Avenue. Turn left (south) at the light and follow Vermont to 36th Place (Gate 6).



Public Parking On Campus

  • Parking on campus is currently $8 (Parking lots are indicated in the map).

  • On campus parking rates and availability may vary for special events.

USC Parking Center

  • Metered parking is available in the Parking Center for $1.00 per hour.

Off Campus

  • Four- and two-hour metered parking is available on Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard.




Moderator & Speakers profiles:



Dr. Dan Blumenthal


UCSB Professor and CTO/Co-founder of Packet Photonics





Daniel J. Blumenthal received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Rochester, M.S.E..E. degree from Columbia University and Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, at Boulder. He was Assistant Professor in the School of ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology from 1993 to 1997. He is currently a Professor in the Department of ECE at the UCSB and Director of the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC). Dr. BLumenthal is currently CTO and Co-Founder of Packet Photnics, Inc. and co-founded Calient Networks. He has published over 380 papers in the areas of optical communications and networks and InP and Ultra Low Loss Waveguide Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) and silicon photonic and nanophotonic device technologies. He holds 8 patents and is co-author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources (New York: IEEE–Wiley, 2005). Dr. Blumenthal is a Fellow of the IEEE the Optical Society of America. He is recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and a Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award.




Dr. Winston I. Way


Chief System Architect at NeoPhotonics





Winston I. Way is the Chief System Architect at NeoPhotonics Corporation. His current responsibility is to research and develop next-generation line/client100G/400G optical transceivers (based on coherent or direct-detection higher-order-modulation formats) and ROADM architecture, all using photonic integrated circuits. He pioneered subcarrier multiplexed optical-fiber systems research at Bellcore, and was a professor at National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan. He founded OpVista Inc. in 2000, developed and deployed DWDM system products in major MSO networks in North America. He joined NeoPhotonics in 2009. He is the author of the book Broadband Hybrid/Fiber Coax System Technologies (New York: Academic, 1998), has published over 130 journal and conference papers, and owns 30 US patents. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.


Dr. Way has served on the technical program committees of OFC/NFOEC, MTT, OECC, LEOS, and OSA.




Dr. Greg Fish


Chief Technology Officer at Aurrion





Greg is the Chief Technology Officer at Aurrion. Greg is considered a leading expert in the field of photonic integration with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of InP based Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). He began his work in this area while obtaining a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1994 and later a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1999. He is an author/coauthor on over 50 papers in the field and has 11 patents.

Greg was a cofounder and key leader at Agility Communications from 1999-2005 which was formed to commercialize tunable lasers based on PICs for telecommunications applications using technology pioneered at UCSB. This business was acquired by JDSU in late 2005 where it has grown to nearly $100M in revenue per year. While at Agility, Greg applied innovation and leadership to bring the first generation products to market and help demonstrate the future potential of tunable PICs. His efforts helped generate over $15M in contract funding from leading organizations (DARPA, ATP etc.). The results of these contracts in conjunction with Greg's team and leadership provided the basis to launch
the next generation of tunable transceivers at JDSU.




Dr. Arlon Martin


Sr. Director of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies





Arlon is currently the Sr. Director of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies with responsibilities for the silicon photonics and interconnect products. Prior to Mellanox, Arlon was the VP of Marketing at Kotura, a silicon photonics company acquired by Mellanox. In the past, Arlon has held executive management and product development positions at Agility Communications, a tunable laser company acquired by JDSU, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Arlon participates in the IEEE standards committees for 40, 100, and 400 Gb/s Ethernet, the Ethernet Alliance, and the CDFP-MSA, a new 400 Gb/s pluggable transceiver standard.




Dr. Daniel Mahgerefteh


Director of Technology at Finisar Corporation


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Daniel Mahgerefteh is the Director of Technology at Finisar Corporation and leads the company’s technology road-mapping activity for next generation optical datacom products.  Daniel was the co-inventor of Chirp Managed Laser (CML) technology and the Chief Technology Officer of Azna LLC, and, which Finisar acquired in 2007. Daniel has over 50 patents and is the co-author of numerous publications Daniel has a Ph.D. in physics (1990) from the University of Southern California.





This workshop is sponsored by Emcore Corporation

Courtesy of USC Ming Hsieb Department of Electrical Engineering




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