Drew Maywar holds PhD, MS, and BS degrees in optical engineering from the University of Rochester, as well as a BA in religion from the same university. At Bell Laboratories, Dr. Maywar helped proto-type and bring to market Lucent Technologies’ first terabit-per-second fiber-optic transmission system (LambdaXtreme), also earning a Central Bell Labs Teamwork award for work on return-to-zero differential phase-shift keying transmission. At the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, he was the lead laser scientist responsible for the performance of the nuclear-fusion enabling 30-kJ OMEGA laser.
A former Fulbright Scholar at Osaka University’s Institute of Laser Engineering, Dr. Maywar has an extensive background in Japan, including an NSF dissertation enhancement award for photonic-memory research at the University of Tokyo and a scholarship for language and cultural studies at Nanzan University. He is currently an Overseas Editor for the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics on the topics of photonics and fiber optics.
Dr. Maywar teaches courses on photonic components and fiber-optic systems, and co-designed a workforce-development short-course on photonic packaging and testing with funding from the US Department of Labor. He oversees a research program in photonic communication and has received research funding from the US National Science Foundation, US Naval Air Systems Command, and the US Office of Naval Research. He is the co-author of over 45 peer-reviewed journal publications and member of IEEE and OSA.