Eric Swanson Named 2017 IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Optical Coherence Tomography and Leadership in Optical Networking
Eric Swanson, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for “Contributions to Optical Coherence Tomography and Leadership in Optical Networking”. OCT has become a major medical imaging modality and has advanced understanding and treatments in blinding eye diseases, cardiovascular disease, and cancer and saved over a billion dollars in healthcare expenditures. Advances in Optical Networking are critical to support the constantly growing bandwidth demands of an ever increasingly networked society and the benefits that connectivity brings to people around the world.
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Eric Swanson is an active participant in a variety of entrepreneurial, industrial, academic, and volunteer activities. Mr. Swanson serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Acacia Communications Incorporated, on the Board of Directors for NinePoint Medical Incorporated, on the Board of Directors for Curata Incorporated, and serves on the Governing Board of the Danish National Quantum Innovation Center.
Mr. Swanson is a co-founder or founding board member of five start-up companies: Advanced Ophthalmic Devices (an ophthalmic OCT company acquired by Zeiss Meditec in 1994), Lightlab Imaging (a cardiovascular OCT company), Sycamore Networks ($18B Nasdaq IPO 1999), Acacia Communication ($1.1B Nasdaq IPO 2016), and Curata Incorporated (private). Collectively these companies have evolved over time and shipped over a billions of dollars in products all around the world.
Mr. Swanson performed research and development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory for 15 years. He served in several technical and managerial roles of an R&D group working on optical networks (including development and demonstration of one of the world’s first wavelength division multiplexed All-Optical Networks) and inter-satellite laser communication (including architectural and experimental development of one the world’s first inter-satellite laser communications systems). At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Mr. Swanson also participated in the discovery and advancement of Optical Coherence Tomography.
Mr. Swanson has co-authored 81 journal articles, 142 conference presentations, 40 US patents (plus numerous foreign patents), and 7 book chapters. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the OSA for pioneering contributions to the fields of intersatellite laser communication systems, fiber optic communication networks, and biomedical optical imaging. He was a co-recipient of the 2002 Rank Prize and the 2012 Champlimaud Vision Award. Mr. Swanson holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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