CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The first ever Lemelson-MIT Student Team Prize -- sponsored by Unisphere Solutions Inc. and recognizing innovation in telecommunications and networking technologies -- was recently given to three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for their fabrication and design research in integrated optical devices.
Methodology developed by the winning team of Michael Lim, Jalal Khan and Thomas Murphy could pave the way for breakthroughs in the high-capacity telecommunications transmission industry.
"The winning team's integrated optical device fabrication and design methodology typifies the kind of creativity in theory and practice that both Unisphere Solutions and the Lemelson-MIT Program seek to reward and cultivate,' said Jim Dolce, president Unisphere Solutions Inc., a Burlington, Mass., communications-equipment startup and a sponsor of the prize. The Lemelson-MIT Program was established in 1994 to encourage student innovation in science, engineering, medicine and entrepreneurship.
MIT students Lim, Khan and Murphy have teamed together to develop an innovative fabrication and design methodology for integrated optical devices which addresses the challenges currently faced by the telecommunications industry. In particular, the team's imaginative and highly accurate process for fabricating integrated optical add/drop filters paves the way for large-scale manufacture of complex integrated optical devices. These techniques could greatly improve the capacity and functionality of fiber-optical telecommunications.
Lim and Murphy also were part of a team that holds a U.S. patent for their wavelength-selective optical add/drop switch, another complex integrated optical device.