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  • Nagarajan Named IET Fellow
Sep 2009
Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagarajan, senior director of optical component technology at Infinera in Sunnyvale, Calif., has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in recognition of his pioneering work in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design, the company announced this week. Nagarajan has been a member of the engineering team developing Infinera’s large-scale PICs since the company’s founding in 2001. Infinera’s commercial PICs integrate more than 50 optical components on a single chip less than 5 mm across and drive its digital optical networks architecture. The IET is a professional society for the engineering and technology community. According to the IET, fellowships may be awarded to members who have demonstrated superior individual responsibility, sustained achievement and significant professionalism during their careers. To achieve it, applicants must clearly demonstrate successful leadership or outstanding service to the profession over an extended period. Nagarajan obtained his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the National University of Singapore, his master’s in electronic engineering at the University of Tokyo and his doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2006, he was awarded the IEEE/LEOS Aron Kressel award in recognition of breakthrough work in the development and manufacture of large-scale PICs. He is also a fellow of the Optical Society of America and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

optical component
One or more optical elements – typically cemented together - in an optical system that are treated as a single group; e.g., a beamsplitter, or a cemented doublet or triplet.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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