SCIFRES received a B.S. degree (1968) from Purdue University
and M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in Electrical Engineering from
the University of Illinois.
In 1972, Dr. Scifres joined Xerox PARC and set up a new laboratory for
the study of semiconductor lasers and integrated optics. In 1974, Dr.
Scifres and his co-workers reported and patented the first distributed
feedback semiconductor injection laser which became the preferred light
source for high speed long distance optical fiber communications. Dr.
Scifres also performed pioneering work on integrated optical devices,
vertical cavity surface emitting lasers and high power semiconductor
lasers for communications, medical, industrial and aerospace applications.
Based on this work, Dr. Scifres co-founded SDL, Inc. in 1983. He served
as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of SDL,
Inc. until February 2001, when SDL merged with JDS Uniphase Corporation
in the largest technology buyout reported at that time. Dr. Scifres
served as Co-chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of JDS Uniphase Corporation
until January 2003. Thereafter, Dr. Scifres founded SDL Ventures, LLC,
an investment firm focusing on early stage investments in the lasers,
photonics, fiber optics and microwave communications, and biotech fields.
Dr. Scifres is a Fellow of the IEEE and OSA and a member of the National
Academy of Engineering, APS and SPIE. He holds over 140 U.S. patents,
and has published over 300 technical articles and book contributions.
He has received a number of IEEE awards including the Jack Morton Medal
(1985), the LEOS Award for Engineering Excellence (1994), the Third
Millennium Medal (2000), and the Robert Noyce Medal (2003). He has also
received the OSA Edward H. Land Medal (1996), the APS George E. Pake
Prize (1997), the Rank Prize (2001) from The Rank Foundation of the
U.K., and the Eta Kappa Nu Eminent Member Award (2003). Dr. Scifres
has served as President of IEEE/LEOS, the Laser and Electro Optics Manufacturers
Association and has served as a member of the Board of Governors of
OSA and IEEE/LEOS