Mintera Corp. of Acton, Mass., a developer of 40 Gb/s optical transport subsystems to metro-core, regional and ultralong-haul networks, announced that Niall Robinson, a 16-year optical transport industry veteran, has joined the company as vice president of product marketing. Most recently Robinson served as vice president of marketing at Optovia Corp. Prior to that he was director, Photonic Systems Integration and Product Management, at Qtera, which was acquired by Nortel. Robinson joined Qtera from MCI WorldCom, where he led the advanced optical technology and network architecture team. Before that he was senior research engineer for Nortel Networks’ research and development arm (formerly Bell Northern Research), focused on enhancing the optical properties of terrestrial and submarine amplifier systems. Recognized as an international expert on optical transmission systems, Robinson is a frequent industry speaker and published author and holds 18 patents in various optical technologies and applications. He chairs the PICMG AdvancedTCA 300 specification subcommittee, developing a transport version of the AdvancedTCA open platform.