Plenary Speakers

Dr. Michael Haney

Program Director, ARPA

Presentation Title: The ARPA-e ENLITENED Program: Will Co-packaged Integrated Photonic
Interconnects Transform Future Data-centers?

Dr. Michael Haney currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes the application of integrated optics and photonics technologies for energy-efficient computing, switching, signal processing, and power conversion.

Haney is on assignment from the University of Delaware where he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2006 to 2010, Haney served as a Program Manager within the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). At DARPA, he developed and managed a portfolio of R&D programs that expanded the application domain of integrated photonics and micro-optics in computer interconnects and switching, bio-sensing, remote sensing, and solar cells. He has held a previous academic position at George Mason University, and research and development leadership positions at BDM Federal and General Dynamics Corp. In 1998, Haney co-founded Applied Photonics, Inc. to advance integrated optical interconnect technology for military and commercial applications. Haney received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and B.S. in Physics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Dr. Peter De Dobbelaere

Vice President of Engineering, Luxtera

Presentation Title: How Silicon Photonics is Moving into Volume Production and Enabling Next Generation Data Center Interconnects.

From 1991 to 1995 he was employed by IMEC, Belgium working on various projects including short reach optical interconnect and heterogeneous integration of III-V lasers with Si and polymer waveguides. From 1995 to 1999, he was with Akzo-Nobel N.V., The Netherlands and U.S., where he was engaged in product development and reliability of polymer-based thermo-optic waveguide switch devices. In 1999, he joined OMM Inc., San Diego, CA, where he was responsible for product and technology development of MEMS-based optical switches. His latest position there was CTO and Director of Product Engineering and Reliability. In 2004, he joined Luxtera, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, where he is currently responsible for technology development for silicon photonics. Peter received his Ph.D. in Integrated Optics from the University of Gent, Belgium.

Andreas “Andy” von Bechtolsheim

Chairman, Chief Development Officer and a Founder of Arista Networks, A Vendor of Cloud Networking Solutions for Large Data Centers.

Presentation Title: The Road to 400G and 800G Optics

Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.

As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of over 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired. Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.