Thomas L. Koch, director of the Center for Optical Technologies at Lehigh University (USA), has been named dean of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, formerly the Optical Sciences Center.
He will replace founding dean James C. Wyant, who has served 13 years as both director and dean.
Koch, who currently holds the Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Chair and serves as professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics at Lehigh, said, "It's truly a great honor and privilege to be asked, and I am excited and pleased to be joining such a fantastic community of leaders in the field."
His research interests have focused on semiconductor optoelectronics and optical fiber communications, including photonic integrated circuits and silicon photonics. He holds 36 patents and has authored more than 335 papers and presentations, including at several SPIE conferences. He and research colleagues from Australia are scheduled to present "Active control of lateral leakage in thin-ridge silicon-on-insulator waveguide structures" at SPIE Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices in Australia in December.
Koch has nearly three decades of experience in academia and industry, having worked for Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems as well as for Lehigh University.