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Ivan P. Kaminow Outstanding Early Career Professional Prize Recipient: Brandon Buscaino

Congratulations Brandon Buscaino, Infinera Corporation, recipient of the Ivan P. Kaminow Outstanding Early Career Professional Prize for his ongoing support for Optica student chapters and public policy initiatives as well as his commitment to advancing the impact of foundation. opportunities” Brandon Buscaino received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2020, where he developed novel techniques for electro-optic frequency comb generation and designed optical links for co-packaged data center communications. As president of the Stanford Optical Society, the student Optica chapter, he organized community conferences, led outreach presentations at FiO+LS, and served on the Optica Student Leadership Conference planning committee. In addition, he has participated in several Congressional Visits Days with Optica, advocating for optics and photonics funding in Congress. Currently, Brandon is a Coherent Optical Systems Architect at Infinera Corporation, focusing on next-generation commercialized digital coherent optical systems scaling up to and beyond 800 Gb/s per wavelength.

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Amplify Black Voices in Optics

Meet Joshua Burrow, Research Fellow, Brown University, who is one of the scientists and engineers from all over the world who represent Black achievement in science at every stage of their careers. This special campaign coincides with the launch of the Amplify Scholarship for Black students worldwide. Applications will be accepted from 2 November through 7 December.

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Joshua Burrow

Introducing the Amplify Scholarship for Black scientists and engineers

The Amplify Scholarship is awarded annually to 10 Black undergraduate or graduate level students. This grant is both merit and need-based. In addition to the funding, recipients gain access to our global network of mentors and the supporting companies.

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