William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award

The IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award is given to recognize an exceptional single scientific contribution which has had a significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics in the past 10 years. It may be given to an individual or to a group for a single contribution of significant work in the field. The Award is endowed by Xerox Corp and Spectra Diode Labs. The Award consists of an honorarium of $2,500 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

Please note that no candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work.  Previous winners of a Photonics Society Career Award (Aron Kressel, Engineering Achievment, Quantum Electronics, William Streifer Scientific Achievement) are not eligible candidates for consideration of the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. 

2018 Honoree

RyfRoland Ryf

For contributions to the understanding and development of Space-Division Multiplexing in optical fibers.



Roland Ryf (M’03-SM’17) is a distinguished member of  the technical staff in Advanced Photonics Research at Nokia Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ.

He received his diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences (NTB) Buchs (Switzerland) and his diploma, and Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich (Switzerland), working on nonlinear optics and optical parallel processing.  

Since joining Bell Labs in 2000, he has been working on MEMS based large port-count optical cross-connect switches, high resolution optical wavelength filters, multimode components and optical amplifiers, and numerous first experimental demonstration of long-distance high-capacity space-division multiplexed transmission over multimode fibers and coupled-core multicore fibers.  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, authored/co-authored over 200 journal and conference publications, and holds over 50 patents.

He is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America, served as committee member for various conferences including the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), and currently is Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.

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