Alan Eli Willner

Expert in optical communication systems, including photonic and lightwave technology

Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering/Systems

Associate Director, Center for Photonic Technology

Research Scientist, Integrated Media Systems Center


  • optical communication systems
  • photonic technology
  • multiple-wavelength technologies and networks
  • wavelength-division-multiplexed systems
  • erbium-doped fiber amplifiers for WDM systems

Additional Information

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Chair, Optical Communications Technical Committee, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society
  • Vice Chair, Optical Communications Group, Optical Society of America
  • Winner, Young Investigator Award (1992) and Presidential Faculty Fellows Award (1994) from National Science Foundation, and Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering
  • Associate Editor, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology

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