Daniel Blumenthal

Daniel Blumenthal


Electrical and Computer Engineering


(805) 893-4168
2221F Engineering Science Building

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Optical Society of America


PECASE Award; Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award; NSF Young Investigator Award


Electronic and Photonic Materials

Daniel J. Blumenthal (S’91–M’93–SM’97–F’03) received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, in 1981, the M.S.E.E. degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1993. In 1981 he worked at StorageTek, Louisville, CO, and from 1993 to 1997 he was Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Blumenthal heads the Optical Communication and Photonic Integration (OCPI) Group and is Director of the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC). He is a co-founder of Packet Photonics, Inc and Calient Networks and holds 18 patents. He has published over 400 papers in the areas of optical communications and networks, optical packet switching, integrated optical gyros, ultrafast optical signal processing, photonic integration in InP, SiPh/InP and ultra low Loss waveguide (ULLW) platforms, and silicon photonic and nano-photonic device technologies and is co-author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources (New York: IEEE–Wiley, 2005).  
Dr. Blumenthal is a Fellow of the IEEE  and Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He is recipient of a 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a 1994 National Science Foundation Young Investigator (NYI) Award, and a 1997 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award. He has served on the Board of Directors for National LambdaRail (NLR) and as an elected member of the Internet2 Architecture Advisory Council. Dr. Blumenthal has served as the Guest Editor for the JSTQE Special Issue on Ultra Low Loss Planar Integrated Waveguides and Applications, the JSTQE Special Issue on Ultra-Fast Integrated Photonics, the IEEE JOURNAL OF LIGHTWAVE TECHNOLOGY special issue on Photonic Packet Switching Systems and the IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS special issue on High-Performance Optical/Electronic Switches/Routers for High-Speed Internet.
Dr. Blumenthal has served as the General Program Chair for the 2001 OSA Topical Meeting on Photonics in Switching and as Program Chair for the 1999 Meeting on Photonics in Switching. He has also served on numerous other technical program committees including the Conference on Optical Fiber Communications OFC (1997 – 2000, 2018), the Conference on Lasers and Electrooptics CLEO (1999-2000), the European Conference on Optical Communications ECOC (2004-2005) and SIGCOMM 2006.


PhD University of Colorado
MSEE Columbia University
BSEE University of Rochester