Colin J. McKinstrie
Senior Scientist, Huawei Technologies

October 2018

Alumni Focus

Colin McKinstrie received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Glasgow in 1981 (Mathematics and Physics) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Rochester in 1986 (Plasma Physics). His thesis advisor was Prof. Albert Simon and from 1982 to 1985 he held an appointment as an LLE Graduate Fellow. From 1985 to 1988 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was associated with the Applied Physics Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies. In 1988 Dr. McKinstrie returned to the University of Rochester as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. While there, his main research interests were laser–plasma interactions (stimulated Brillouin and Raman scattering, nonlinear focusing, and electron acceleration) and nonlinear fiber optics. From 2001 to 2014 Dr. McKinstrie was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, where his research concerned the amplification and transmission of optical pulses in communication systems, and applications of parametric devices (photon generators and frequency convertors based on four-wave mixing) in quantum information science. From 2014 to 2016 he continued this research as a Senior Scientist at Applied Communication Sciences. In 2016 he joined Huawei Technologies, where he designs devices and systems for optical access (short-range transmission). Dr. McKinstrie is a Fellow of APS, IoP, OSA, and SPIE, and serves regularly on conference committees for IEEE, OSA, and SPIE.