Wayne Knox
Professor, Institute of Optics; University of Rochester

March 2019

Alumni Focus

Wayne Knox's involvement with LLE began in 1976 when he began working with the LLE Glass Development Laser team as an RIT co-op student. Later on, he transferred from RIT to the Institute of Optics as an undergraduate laboratory assistant and became one of the founding members of Gerard Mourou's Ultrafast Science group at LLE. Wayne continued his graduate education at the Institute of Optics as an LLE fellow, doing his graduate research at the Laboratory and completing his Ph.D. in 1983. In 1984, he went to Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow, was promoted to Member of Technical Staff in 1985, and to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1990. In 1997, he was promoted to Director of the Advanced Photonics Research Department where he was responsible for forward-looking research in a number of areas related to advanced technologies in telecommunications in long-haul, access, and Metro networks. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow and Life member of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of of the National Academy of Inventors; in 1990 he won the National Academy of Sciences W. O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research. In 1999 he won the Richtmyer Award for Physics Teaching from the American Association of Physics Teachers. He has authored over 140 publications, has 40 or more patents granted or pending, and has chaired many international professional society meetings such as Ultrafast Phenomena, CLEO, Quantum Optoelectronics, Ultrafast Electronics and Optoelectronics, the OSA Annual Meeting, and Nonlinear Optics. He has served on OSA and APS Fellows committees and was Chair of the 2002 Tyndall Award Committee. In April 2001 he returned to the Institute of Optics as Director and Professor of Optics where he currently carries out a research program in ultrafast telecommunications and biomedical optics.