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Agilent’s Doug Baney Named As Prestigious IEEE Fellow

The firm’s industry veteran has been recognized for his contributions in the field of optical measurement and sensing.

Agilent Technologies has announced that Doug Baney, a leader in one of Agilent's advanced research laboratories, was named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the field of optical measurement and sensing.

"Doug is truly deserving of this significant recognition," said Steve Newton, VP and director, Agilent's Measurement Research Laboratory. "He has earned an international reputation as a leader in the field of optical measurement and sensing and has become widely recognized as a world-class researcher during his 25 years at HP and Agilent. Doug has collaborated closely with Agilent's photonic measurement business, and his innovations -- and those of the teams he has managed -- have resulted in products that provide significant value and impact."

Baney, manager of Agilent's measurement and sensors department is recognized for technical and leadership contributions in:

    * understanding and measuring laser-phase noise and noise in optical amplifiers, enabling the characterization of critical components that boost signal levels allowing long-distance transmission in modern optical communication systems;

    * developing the first diode-pumped, heavy-metal fiber lasers operating at the orange and blue wavelengths -- at the time, the only way to realize compact lasers at these wavelengths;

    * developing the world's first coherent optical spectrum and component analyzers, the former providing 1,000 times better spectral resolution than conventional grating-based optical spectrum analyzers -- spectrum analyzers being fundamental tools in the design and implementation of advanced optical communications systems;

    * inventing and developing the world's first laser mouse -- a now-common computer accessory that can sense position on surfaces where conventional LED-based mice will not work; and

    * inventing and developing an optical complex modulation analyzer -- a new class of instrument that characterizes complex modulation formats that allow greater information transmission on optical communication links.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. Only 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2011.

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 % of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 400 international technical conferences each year.

The IEEE is a leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority in areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Agilent Technologies is a premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010.
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