UCSB Engineering

Rod C. Alferness
Richard A. Auhll Professor and
Dean of the College of Engineering

Rod AlfernessRod C. Alferness is the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara. Alferness comes to UCSB as the former Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, following an accomplished career in optoelectronics and electrical engineering.

Alferness is world-renowned for his work on integrated-optic devices and optical switching technology and architecture. His research has been central to the development of global fiber optic communications networks. As Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, he was responsible for strategic directions, technical excellence, and global partnerships - including universities. In a prior role as Senior Vice President of Research, he had overall responsibility for the company's global research laboratories. In his role as Chief Technical Officer for Bell Labs' parent company, Lucent Technologies, Alferness was responsible for transferring the optical technology he worked on to the business units.

Alferness received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA). In 2001, Alferness was the recipient of the IEEE Millennium Award. Alferness received the 2005 IEEE Photonics Award and the 2010 OSA Leadership Award. He has served as President of the OSA and of the IEEE Photonics Society. He is the author of more than 100 journal articles and holds more than 30 patents for his work in optoelectronics and optical networks.

Contact: alferness [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

For Undergraduate matters: beltz [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu Glenn Beltz, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

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