EE PhD Student Aleksandr Biberman Receives Prestigious Award

September 27, 2010

EE PhD student Aleksandr Biberman, under the supervision of Prof. Keren Bergman will receive the Marconi Society Young Scholar Award for his work in silicon photonics. The award will be presented at the Marconi Awards Dinner in Menlo Parkon October 15th. Now in its third year, the Marconi Young Scholar Awards Program recognizes outstanding young researchers in the fields of communications and the Internet.

Biberman is one of three students chosen this year from an international slate of candidates. Born in up-state New York, he received his B.S. degree in electrical, computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 2006, and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in 2008. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, his work in the Lightwave Research Laboratory is on silicon photonic interconnects for chip-scale high-performance computing systems and memory access networks.

He has made many notable contributions to the field of optical communication, co-authoring more than forty peer-reviewed journals and conference papers. One of his major accomplishments has been to help develop solutions that are compatible with complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication techniques, capable of large-scale integration with advanced microelectronics, and maintaining a clear path toward adaptability and commercialization. In addition, he has made valuable contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, leveraging efficient parametric processes and systems in silicon photonics to manipulate high-speed optical data. Using these processes in dispersion-engineered silicon photonic nano-wires, he has demonstrated impressive increases in wavelength conversion and wavelength multicasting of high-speed optical data, which are critical network-level functionalities in all-optical communication systems.

“Biberman’s work on photonic network-on-chip solutions shows great promise in the field of silicon photonics, a technology area that could have great future impact on telecommunications and optical interconnects.” said Andrew Chraplyvy, co-chairman of the selection committee, a Marconi Fellow and optical fiber researcher at Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs in New Jersey. “His achievements at this early point in his career are very impressive.”The Marconi Society Young Scholars Awards were launched with a generous donation from 2007 Marconi Fellow Ronald L. Rivest, an MIT professor who was a co-founder of RSA encryption, the major encryption system used throughout the world for secure transactions on the Internet.

About the Marconi Society

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