Lee Center for Advanced Networking
Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology
and Professor of Applied Physics
MS 128-95, California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

B.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1980; M.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1981; Ph.D., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1985.


Dr. Kerry Vahala’s work in lightwave communications spans a 20-year time frame, during which he has made discoveries impacting both the fundamental limits for information transmission and how lightwave information can be manipulated in pure optical form. He has authored or coauthored over one hundred publications in this field.

Dr. Vahala is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, is the first recipient of the Richard P. Feynman-Hughes Fellowship, and has received both the NSF and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards and the Presidential Young Investigator Award. He has served as a technical member for the organization of many lightwave communications conferences, including OFC and CLEO (General Chair in 2001).