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19 January 2015

Emcore names chief scientist Hank Blauvelt as chief technology officer

Emcore Corp of Alhambra, CA, USA, which provides compound semiconductor-based optical components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber-optics market, has appointed Dr Hank Blauvelt as chief technology officer, reporting to CEO Jeffrey Rittichier.

Blauvelt joined Emcore in December 2007 as chief scientist with principal responsibility for the development of technologies for linear fiber-optic applications. Recent contributions include the development of linear externally modulated laser (LEML) technology, advanced dispersion compensation techniques for 1550nm distributed feedback (DFB) fiber links, and linear low-noise optical receivers.

Prior to joining Emcore, Blauvelt, whose career in lightwave communications spans over 35 years, was chief technology officer for Xponent from October 2001 until 2007. He was employed by Ortel Corp between 1985 and 2000, when the firm was acquired by Lucent Technologies. Blauvelt made key contributions in the design of optical transmitters and receivers for transmission of CATV signals over fiber-optic links and was the principal inventor on the Ortel patents related to reducing noise and distortion in the links. In 1992 he was promoted to VP Fiber Optics Technology at Ortel and, after the firm’s acquisition, Blauvelt was chief technologist for Optical Access Products at Lucent Technologies/Agere Systems.

Blauvelt earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech. He has been awarded more than 60 US patents.
“Hank’s long track record of technology innovation in the industry uniquely positions him to lead us in the next phase of our technology development,” comments Rittichier.

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