Julian Cheng

Retired Professor

Dr. Julian Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering.

He has over twenty-five years of experience in optoelectronics and fiber optic communications technology, with more than 11 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, both as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and as manager in the Lightwave Components Division. As a researcher at Bell Labs, he made contributions in the area of InP-based optoelectronic devices, optical datalinks and the first parallel fiber optic data link technology.

He spent 11 years as Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, where he conducted extensive research on VCSELs, optoelectronic interconnects and optical multiplexing technologies, and developed the world's first MOCVD-grown low-voltage VCSEL (1990) as well as a monolithic CWDM technology for multi-wavelength VCSEL and photodetector arrays.

More recently, Dr. Cheng was Vice President of Research and Development at E2O Communications, where he invented and developed a high performance long wavelength VCSEL technology for 1.3-1.55 mm datacom applications and served as Vice President of engineering at OptiComp Corp from July 04 to November 07. Dr. Cheng's accomplishments include publishing over 230 journal and conference papers, authoring a book on VCSEL technology, receiving over 20 U.S. patents and earning a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard.

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