Sunnyvale, Calif., – Nov. 20, 2013 – Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a leading provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced today that Dr. David Welch, Infinera co-founder, president and member of the Infinera board, received the JJ Thomson Medal for Electronics, a prestigious award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The JJ Thomson Medal for Electronics was awarded to Dr. Welch for his role as a pioneer in the field of optical devices and optical networks. His technical contributions and leadership first made it possible to commercially deploy reliable high power semiconductor lasers including 980 nm laser pumps, crucially needed in low noise optical amplifiers employed in DWDM systems. Dr. Welch later achieved the first commercial optoelectronics integrated circuit, several years ahead of any competing research or developments in the laboratory. These early devices marked a quantum step in optical system design. Today, photonic integrated circuits (PICs) are essential to addressing the bandwidth and energy challenges faced by global telecommunications networks.
"It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for these achievements," said Dr. Welch. "What I am most proud of is how these innovations have now been incorporated in highly successful commercial systems by the team at Infinera and are making a difference in how networks are built and delivering a better experience for internet users around the globe.”
Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET said, “The Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards recognise individuals who have made a truly outstanding contribution to engineering. The winners should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
The Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards recognize some of the world’s top engineering talent and acknowledge individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, engineering and technology in any sector, either through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.
For more information on the Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards, visit www.theiet.org.
Infinera is a leader in Intelligent Transport Networks. Intelligent Transport Networks help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry’s only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels. Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include the DTN-X, DTN and ATN platforms. Find more at www.infinera.com.