Campus: Sonoma State University -- May 24, 2002
JDS Uniphase Donates $1 Million In Equipment For New
Photonics Lab In SSU Computer Engineering Program
JDS Uniphase has announced its donation of nearly $1 million of analytical
equipment in support of Sonoma State University's new master's degree
program in Computer and Engineering Science.
The equipment will be used in a new photonics laboratory which will
be ready for use this summer in the university's Salazar Hall. The lab
is part of the new Cerent Engineering Science Complex which will include
seven other advanced high tech laboratories in addition to the photonics
Dr. Saeid Rahimi, Dean of the School of Science and Technology, says
"We expect to have about 50 graduate students in the program by
next Fall. The relatively large number of masters students is a clear
indication of the need for such a program in the North Bay region."
The equipment will permit students to characterize a broad variety of
optical components that are typically used in fiber optics telecommunications
systems. Components can be measured for such properties as spectral
characteristics, inband transmission, out of band rejection, polarization
loss characteristics and dispersion.
Fiber optics systems allow communication of voice and data information
using pulses of light guided on hair-thin glass fibers. Many channels
of information, each at a slightly different wavelength and each carrying
a very large stream of information, can be carried simultaneously over
long distances on a single optical fiber. The extremely large information
capacity of fiber optics systems will enable the continued growth of
a wide variety of broadband applications in business and in the home.
Most of the equipment is near state-of-the-art design and includes some
unique systems developed and manufactured by various divisions within
the JDSU organization. This will enable students to learn various characterization
methods using the latest equipment available in the industry. This will
allow students to quickly transition into engineering positions within
the telecommunications industry.
"As one of Sonoma County's major high technology companies for
over 45 years, we are pleased to be able to provide support to SSU's
Computer & Engineering Science program," said Joe Zils, President
of JDSU's Thin Film Products Group. "This program will be a great
benefit to the students and the many high tech companies located in
the greater Sonoma County area."
Dr. Fred Van Milligen, VP & Chief Technology Officer of the Thin
Film Products Group, noted that OCLI currently employs many Sonoma State
graduates. "We are especially pleased that the new MS program will
enable our employees to further their technical education at the graduate
level without having to commute to the Bay Area. We look forward to
working with SSU as their programs continue to develop."
Contact: Dr. Saeid Rahimi, Dean of School of Science and Technology,