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2023 IEEE Photonics Distinguished Service Award Recipient Announced

Nick Fontaine

We are delighted to announce that Nicolas K. Fontaine of Bell Laboratories, has been chosen as the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award.

For outstanding contributions to the mentorship and education of students and young professionals.

Nicolas K. Fontaine received a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Davis, CA, USA, in 2010. In his dissertation, completed while working in the Next Generation Network Systems Laboratory, he studied how to generate and measure the amplitude and phase of broadband optical waveforms in many narrowband spectral slices.

Since June 2011, he has been a Technical Staff Member with the Advanced Photonics Division, Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill, NJ, USA and more recently since 2023 a department head of silicon photonics at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ.

Historically, at Bell Laboratories, he develops devices for space-division multiplexing in multicore and few-mode fibers, builds wavelength cross-connects and filtering devices, and investigates spectral slice coherent receivers for THz bandwidth. He is an avid jazz pianist and enjoys hiking or skiing through the mountains wherever he can find them.