Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Seminar

October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017

Speaker: David J. DiGiovanni, Ph.D.
                 Chief Technical Officer, OFS Fitel, LLC  
Title: The Ongoing Evolution of Optical Fiber 
Time: 12:00 noon

Abstract: Optical fiber has always been specialized for specific applications, whether for telecommunications, medicine, sensing, imaging, illumination or light generation.  This trend continues as we add new understanding and capabilities to our toolbox and develop new applications and objectives.  This presentation will cover both scientific and commercial aspects of optical fiber used in various applications, as well as prospects for  the future.

Bio: David J. DiGiovanni is the Chief Technical Officer of OFS Fitel, LLC, and president of OFS Laboratories, LLC, the central research organization of OFS.

Dr. DiGiovanni began his career in the Optical Fiber Research Department of Bell Laboratories and has weathered the transition from AT&T to Lucent to OFS working to advance the science and application of optical fiber technology in various research and management capacities.  He has worked on various phenomena related to optical fiber design, fabrication and applications, and has made notable contributions to erbium-doped optical fiber for amplifiers, Raman amplification, high power amplifiers and lasers, and several optical components.   He has enabled the transfer of many of these technologies from the research lab to new products.

He holds several degrees from Brown University, including a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of IEEE and an OSA Fellow.  

For more information, please contact Professor Deirdre O’Carroll at 848-445-1496 or at or Professor James Harrington at 848-445-3932 or at