Ray Chen is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas Austin, and holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professorship in Engineering. Chen is the director of the Nanophotonics and Optical Interconnects Research Lab, at the Microelectronics Research Center. He is also the director of the newly formed AFOSR MURI-Center for Silicon Nanomembrane involving faculty from Stanford, UIUC, Rutgers, and UT Austin. He received his BS degree in Physics in 1980 from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, his MS degree in physics in 1983, and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988, both from the University of California. He joined UT Austin in 1992 to start the optical interconnect research program. From 1988 to 1992 Chen worked as a research scientist, manager, and director of the Department of Electro-Optic Engineering at the Physical Optics Corporation in Torrance, California.
Chen served as the CTO, Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Radiant Research, Inc. from 2000 to 2001, where he raised 18 million dollars A-Round funding to commercialize polymer-based photonic devices involving over twenty patents, which were acquired by Finisar in 2002, a publicly traded company in the Silicon Valley (NASDAQ:FNSR). He also serves as the founder and Chairman of the Board of Omega Optics Inc. since its initiation in 2001. Omega Optics has received over five million dollars in research funding. His research work has been awarded over 110 research grants and contracts from such sponsors as Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, MDA, NSA, NSF, DOE, EPA, NIH, NASA, the State of Texas, and private industry. The research topics are focused on three main subjects: (1) Nano-photonic passive and active devices for sensing and interconnect applications, (2) Thin film guided-wave optical interconnection and packaging for 2D and 3D laser beam routing and steering, and (3) True time delay (TTD) wide band phased array antenna (PAA). Experiences garnered through these programs are pivotal elements for his research work.
Chen’s group at UT Austin has reported its research findings in more than 720 published papers, including over 85 invited papers. He holds over 20 issued patents. He has chaired or been a program-committee member for more than 100 domestic and international conferences organized by IEEE, SPIE (The International Society of Optical Engineering), OSA, and PSC. He has served as an editor, co-editor or coauthor for over twenty books. Chen has also served as a consultant for various federal agencies and private companies and delivered numerous invited talks to professional societies. Chen is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE. He was the recipient of the 1987 UC Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship and the 1999 UT Engineering Foundation Faculty Award, for his contributions in research, teaching and services. He was also the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Teaching Award, and the 2010 IEEE HKN Loudest Professor Award. 2013 NASA Certified Technical Achievement Award for contribution on moon surveillance conformable phased array antenna. During his undergraduate years at the National Tsing Hua University he led the 1979 university debate team to the Championship of the Taiwan College-Cup Debate Contest.
Chen has supervised and graduated 43 PhD students from his research group at UT Austin.