U.Va. Engineering Professor Wins Prestigious Award for Fiber Optics Work

December 30, 2008

December 30, 2008 — Joe C. Campbell, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia, has received the highest honor given by the fiber optics industry.

The John Tyndall Award from the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and the Optical Society of America is named for the 19th-century scientist who was the first to demonstrate the phenomenon of internal reflection. The Tyndall Award recognizes an individual who has made pioneering, highly significant or continuing technical/leadership contributions to fiber optics technology.

Campbell, Lucien Carr III Professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a renowned innovator in electrical engineering and nanotechnology and widely credited with having developed the modern-day detectors of laser light used in fiber optics systems in telephone and other telecommunication systems.  He received the Tyndall award in recognition of his "seminal contributions to the understanding, design and telecommunication systems implementation of avalanche photodiodes."

"Joe's work has added significantly to our research portfolio in the semiconductor device area and has helped us continue to move forward in the nanotechnology field," said Lloyd R. Harriott, chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science. "We are pleased to see him receive this important peer recognition."

Campbell holds degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the U.Va. faculty in 2006, he was professor of electrical and computer engineering and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering at UT Austin.

In 2002, Campbell was named to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest honors in the engineering professions.

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