Alan Eli Willner

Expert in optical communication systems, including optical and photonic technologies

Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Optical communication systems
  • Optical and photonic technologies
  • Optical signal processing
  • Optical networking

Additional Information

  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering
  • International Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow
  • IEEE Eric E. Sumner Technical Field Awad
  • SPIE President’s Award
  • The Optical Society (OSA) Paul Forman Engineering Excellence Award
  • IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award
  • Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Fellow
  • Co-Chair of the U.S. National Academies Committee on the Optics and Photonics Study
  • President of The Optical Society (OSA)
  • President of the IEEE Photonics Society
  • Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Editor-in-Chief of OSA Optics Letters
  • Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
  • Chair of the IEEE TAB Ethics and Member Conduct Committee
  • General & Program Co-Chair of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)
  • Chair of the Unclassified Technical Program for IEEE MILCOM

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