Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition

By Lee Mather
This month, the OSA Foundation announced the finalists for the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition , a highly competitive program that provides the field’s most promising young researchers the opportunity to present and be recognized for their groundbreaking work.

This student event is endowed by a grant from Corning Incorporated, and is administered by the OSA Foundation. The competition is held annually during the Optical Fiber Communication/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC ). This year’s conference will take place in the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 4-8.

Three winners will be selected from among six finalists (from six different countries); these outstanding individuals were chosen from a field of more than 360 student paper submissions. The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition Committee, comprised of the OFC/NFOEC general chairs and program chairs, selected the finalists and will view their presentations during the conference to determine the winners. Finalists are judged on innovation, research excellence, and presentation skills. One first-place winner and two honorable mention winners will be selected, receiving $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

Finalists for the 2012 Corning Competition are:

An Li , The University of Melbourne, Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications, Melbourne, Australia; "Transmission of 1.63 Tb/s PDM-16QAM unique-word DFT-spread OFDM signal over 1,010-km SSMF"

Nicole Lindenmann , Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; "Low loss photonic wire bond interconnects enabling 5 Tb/s data transmission"

Carl Lundström , Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden; "Short-pulse Amplification in a phase-sensitive amplifier"

Eric Numkan Fokoua , University of Southampton, Southampton, England; "Dipole radiation model for surface roughness scattering in hollow-core fibers"

Irene Yang , California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA; "Full MAC system demonstration of extended 10G-EPON uplink with 512 ONU splits access span via burst-mode SOA and enhanced-FEC combined with burst-mode 3R"

Qunbi Zhuge , McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada; "Linewidth-tolerant low complexity pilot-aided carrier phase recovery for M-QAM using superscalar parallelization"

"Each year the Corning student paper competition continues to showcase some of the brightest young minds in the global optical communications community," says OFC/NFOEC program chair Ed Murphy. "This year’s finalists are no exception. These six students have demonstrated remarkable promise through their high quality work. We congratulate them and look forward to reviewing their presentations at OFC/NFOEC."

The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA's) mission by concentrating its efforts on providing career and professional development resources and support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. To learn more about and to support the OSA Foundation, please visit .


GRACE KLONOSKI is the Senior Director, Foundation, Membership & Education Services for the Optical Society of America, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; email: ; .

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