EMCORE Corporation announces the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt as Chief Technology Officer

EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market, announced today the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt to Chief Technology Officer for EMCORE Corporation, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Rittichier.

Dr. Blauvelt joined EMCORE Corporation in December 2007 as Chief Scientist with principal responsibility for the development of technologies for linear fiber optic applications. Recent contributions include the development of Linear Externally Modulated Laser (LEML) technology, advanced dispersion compensation techniques for 1550nm DFB fiber links, and linear low noise optical receivers.

Prior to joining EMCORE, Dr. Blauvelt, whose career in lightwave communications spans over thirty-five years, was named Chief Technology Officer for Xponent in October 2001 until 2007. He was employed by Ortel Corporation between 1985 and 2000, when the company was acquired by Lucent Technologies. Dr. Blauvelt distinguished himself by important contributions in the design of optical transmitters and receivers for transmission of CATV signals over fiberoptic links and was the principal inventor on the Ortel patents related to reducing noise and distortion in the links. In 1992 he was promoted to VP Fiber Optics Technology at Ortel, and after Ortel’s acquisition, Dr. Blauvelt was named Chief Technologist for Optical Access Products at Lucent Technologies/Agere Systems.

“We are excited to have Hank take on this key technology leadership role at EMCORE,” said Jeffrey Rittichier, EMCORE’s CEO. “Hank’s long track record of technology innovation in the industry uniquely positions him to lead us in the next phase of our technology development.”

Dr. Blauvelt earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech. He has been awarded more than 60 U.S. patents.

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