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Incoming LEOS Executive Director overlooks the Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris.

It is both an honor and a challenge to be joining the IEEE-LEOS staff as the Society’s fifth Executive Director and particularly so because I follow Paul Shumate’s successful seven year tenure. We at LEOS are extremely lucky to have had Paul at the helm through the turbulence of the telecom boom and bust cycle. It is a tribute to Paul’s outstanding leadership that he was able to guide LEOS through these difficult times and leave us with the Society in excellent shape and ready to move into new ventures. While we are not yet completely free from the effects of the down-turn, I am particularly interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to explore and develop new areas for LEOS that might serve as a foundation for the society’s activities in future decades.
Though I come to LEOS directly from a staff position at OSA, most of my career was spent in research laboratories. I’ve attached a brief bio below for those who’d like to know more about my past. As you’ll see in the bio, I moved into optics from “the dark side” (radio) in 1982 and consider it a great privilege to have had the opportunity to work with many of the giants who created the optical communications industry. My interests shifted in 1989 to optical interconnects and optical data storage where I explored both planar waveguides and volume holographic storage techniques. Although most of my work was experimental in nature I also dabbled in theory by modeling devices exploiting surface plasmon resonances to achieve enhanced optical transmission through sub-wavelength apertures.
It is a privilege to have served both OSA and LEOS in many roles both as a volunteer and a staffer. My work at OSA headquarters involved helping to identify and develop new scientific and engineering growth areas and I hope to continue this activity at LEOS. I will be seeking your guidance and help in this venture because I know well that the Society thrives on the excellent work and insights of its volunteers. I look forward to meeting and working with as many of you as possible in the coming years.
Bio: Richard Linke received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and pursued a 17 year research career at Bell Laboratories at the Crawford Hill Lab in Holmdel, NJ. Rich’s initial work at Bell Labs involved the design and construction of low-noise millimeter wavelength receivers for radio astronomy using semiconducting and superconducting nonlinear devices. He also performed astronomical observations of interstellar molecular clouds using these receivers.
In 1982 his work shifted to the then-nascent field of optical communications where he and his group established numerous world records in high-speed direct-detection and coherent optical communications experimental systems. In 1989 he moved to the newly established NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ where he carried out a program in holographic optical data storage and later studied devices exploiting surface plasmon resonance effects.
In the position of Director of Science Policy at OSA, Rich was involved in establishing the applications conference called PhAST which is collocated with CLEO as well as in starting numerous topical meetings. He worked with volunteers in diverse areas to expand OSA’s coverage of topics such as organic optoelectronics, biomedical imaging, slow light, and quantum information.
Rich has been an active volunteer with OSA and LEOS for many years. He was IEEE-LEOS Distinguished Lecturer in 1989-1990 and has co-chaired both the OFC conference and the CLEO conference. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of OSA’s Journal of Optical Networking. Rich is a Fellow of both the OSA and the IEEE.

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