Robert W. Tkachis Director of Advanced Photonics Research at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, Crawford Hill Location. His research has involved dispersion management, optical amplification, optical networking, and high-speed DWDM transmission systems. Prior to rejoining Bell Laboratories in 2006, he has been: CTO of Celion Networks, Division Manager at AT&T Labs - Research, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has been General Co-Chair of OFC, Vice-President of OIF, Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology, a member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors and currently serves as Vice-President for Publications of the IEEE Photonics Society. He received and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the IEEE, and AT&T. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the R&D Council of New Jersey the IEEE/OSA John Tyndall Award the Marconi Prize and Fellowship and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.