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POET VP Awarded 2018 PIC Technology


Bill Ring wins award for translating PIC technologies towards commercial reality and product qualification

POET Technologies' senior VP William S. Ring has received the 2018 PIC Technologist Award by PIC magazine at the PIC International Conference in Brussels, Belgium on April 10, 2018. This award recognises experts in translating PIC technologies towards commercial reality and product qualification, including the filing of IP/patents and publications through papers and speaking engagements.

Ring joined POET in June 2016 following the company's acquisition of BB Photonics, where he served as CEO and president. Prior to BB Photonics, he was the CTO for Solar Systems, an Australian-based photovoltaic company. In addition to working as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and many start-up companies in the areas of defence, optoelectronic components and data centre optical devices, Ring previously held positions at Tyco Electronics, as director of operations and director of development for devices and transceivers.

Before joining Tyco, he was a principle engineer at Hewlett Packard (HP) and responsible for the design and development of 1310nm FP, 1480nm pump and DFB lasers for HP's fibre optics group. In 1995, he introduced the first strained MQW laser into production at HP's UK facility that was later deployed in HP's 1300nm SFF/SFP transceivers. Ring holds a PhD in Philosophy and Physics from the University of Surrey.

"On behalf of the entire team at POET, I want to extend our congratulations to Bill on this distinguished recognition," said POET CEO Suresh Venkatesan. "Since joining the company in 2016 as part of our acquisition of BB Photonics, his deep experience and expertise in photonics have been instrumental toward advancing POET's technology development efforts.

"More specifically, the unique capabilities provided by the dielectric waveguide technology developed by Bill while at BB Photonics is a key enabler for POET's Optical Interposer platform, which is now serving to revolutionise the platform method for integrating photonics in data communication applications. The meaningful contributions Bill has made to both the company and the industry merit this well-deserved recognition, and we are very pleased to have him as a key part of our leadership team as we work to bring the next generation of optoelectronic and photonic solutions to market."

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